Daily Mandarin Lesson: "Because" in Chinese
Learning how to say "because" in Chinese will expand your vocabulary by enabling you to answer questions. The Chinese phrase for "because" is 因為, in traditional form, or 因为 in simplified form. Its Mandarin Chinese pinyin is "yīnwèi." 因為 / 因为 can also mean owing to, or on account of.
The first character 因 (yīn) means "cause," or "reason." The second character 為 (wèi) is defined as: to be; to be; to do; to serve as; to become.
Together, 因為 / 因为 means "because."
因為 / 因为 is pronounced as ►yīn wei. 因 is in the 1st tone, and 為 / 为 is in the 4th tone. In terms of tone numbers, 因為 / 因为 can also be written out as: yin1 wei4.
"Because" typically comes at the beginning of Chinese sentences. 因為 / 因为 ... 所以 (yīn wei...suǒyǐ) is a common sentence structure that means "because...and so."
SENTENCE EXAMPLES USING YĪN WEI
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►Yīn wei tái fēng de guān xì, suǒ yǒu de bān jī dōu qǔ xiāo.
Because of concerns about typhoons, all flights have been canceled.
►Yīn wei tiān qì tài rè, suǒ yǐ tā hūn dǎo le.
She fainted because of the hot weather.
Yīnwèi wǒ méiyǒu shàngkè, suǒyǐ wǒ méiyǒu tōngguò kǎoshì
I didn't pass the test because I didn't study.