Grammar is probably one of the most challenging barriers that you will have to overcome when you try to learn a new language. Chinese is no exception. Chinese grammar is completely different from English. For instance, from this article, "这是对她的惩罚" which translates to "This is the punishment for her". If you try
to directly translate this to Chinese, it would be "这是惩罚对她".
However, in Chinese, you have to put the subject before the object. "她" which indicates the Mom is the subject; "惩罚(Cheng Fa)" which means punishment is the object. This is just a simple example of structuring sentences. Getting down the fundamentals of grammar and sentence structure will give you a big leap in your Chinese learning journey. The best way to improve is to try and practice reading more.
If you need any help or would like to learn more about structuring Chinese sentences, do not hesitate to leave a comment below and try to help each other if out whenever you know the answer to a question!
死刑(sǐ xíng) - death penalty
执行(zhí xíng) - to execute
话别(huà bié) - say bye-bye, 别 is a traditional way of saying bye
允许(yǔn xǔ) - permission
撕(sī) - tear
残忍(cán rěn) - cruel
小偷小摸(xiǎo tōu xiǎo mō) - means small (not serious) stealing behaviours
教育(jiào yù) - educate
When his Mother came to him he said: "I want to whisper to you," and when she brought her ear near him, he nearly bit it off. All the bystanders were horrified, and asked him what he could mean by such brutal and inhuman conduct. "It is to punish her," he said. "When I was young I began with stealing little things, and brought them home to Mother. Instead of rebuking and punishing me, she laughed and said: "It will not be noticed." It is because of her that I am here to-day."
Moral: Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will remember your teachings and moral values which will show in his behaviour.