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These Mandarin Chinese lessons have been designed to provide practical travel vocabulary and a foundation for basic conversational skills through a simple listen and repeat format. Don't get frustrated if you find some of the phrases difficult to pronounce at first. Many of the sounds will be new, and saying them may be a challenge in the beginning. With practice you'll soon notice your ability to recognize and produce the sounds of Mandarin developing naturally. You may also download a complete audio transcript for listening in your car.

If you prefer standard pinyin (e.g. you've studied Chinese before with that system), please click here.

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SECTION: NATIONALITY
English:Middle
Chinese:johng
English:China
Chinese:johng-gwoh
Literally:middle country
English:Person
Chinese:ren
English:Chinese person
Chinese:johng-gwoh ren
Literally:China persion
English:Beautiful
Chinese:may
English:America
Chinese:may-gwoh
Literally:beautiful country
English:American
Chinese:may-gwoh ren
Literally:America person
English:England
Chinese:yeeng-gwoh
English:English person
Chinese:yeeng-gwoh ren
Literally:(same)
English:Foreign country
Chinese:wie-gwoh
SECTION: I / HE / SHE
In Chinese language, tones are very important, because different tones can give the same word different meanings. Initially, as long as you can approximate the tones, then overall meaning of your statements will usually be understood by context. But be aware of and try to imitate the intonation of the speaker as best you can.
English:I
Chinese:woh
English:Is/are/am
Chinese:shih
English:I am
Chinese:woh shih
Literally:(same)
English:I am American
Chinese:woh shih may-gwoh ren
Literally:(same)
English:You are American
Chinese:nee shih may-gwoh ren
Literally:(same)
As we did with how are you?, to make a statement into a question, just add mah at the end of of the sentence:
English:Are you American?
Chinese:nee shih may-gwoh ren mah
Literally:you are American?
To make a sentence negative, simply put the word for not in front of the verb.
English:Not
Chinese:boo
English:I am not American
Chinese:woh boo shih may-gwoh ren
Literally:I not am American
English:I am Chinese
Chinese:woh shih johng-gwoh ren
Literally:(same)
English:He/she
Chinese:tah
English:She is American
Chinese:tah shih may-gwoh ren
Literally:she is America person

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