Knowing he might never see her again, Nevis had stood in the snow outside her window all night. And now he stood, hands trembling slightly in the morning breeze, fingers wrapped tightly around a thin grip of steel, prepared to face the worst if so he must. And it would be worth it. It would be worth all of it.

Learning Chinese? We have an interesting sentence in our dialogue for today, because it is completely time-agnostic. Put it into the past, and it doesn't change. Use it to refer to ongoing conditions, and it doesn't change. And stick it into the future? Yup - no change at all. So join us in out studio today as we take a look at this great sentence pattern and teach you how to use it like a native.
 said on
June 25, 2013
Gail is back! We missed you :).
 said on
June 27, 2013
I wasn't familiar with this one. There's always something to be learnt from all levels! Information seems kind of scarce about this particular word though; is it rare? Here's the rather formal definition from Taiwan‘s MoE dictionary (freely translated):

A conjunction emphasizing a hypothetical cause and effect relationship. That is, it shows that if a certain event occurs, a specific effect is likely to follow. For example: "If you come too soon, it won't be ready!", "If this information spreads, aren't we done for?"


Just as a supplement to your great podcast!