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These Mandarin Chinese lessons have been designed to provide practical travel vocabulary and a foundation for basic conversational skills. You may also download a complete audio transcript for listening in your car.

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SECTION: TO SPEAK
English:To speak (verb)
Chinese:shoh / shwoh
English:To know how (verb)
Chinese:way
English:You know how to speak
Chinese:nee way shoh
Literally:(same)
English:You know how to speak English
Chinese:nee way shoh yeeng-wuhn
Literally:(same)
English:Do you know how to speak English?
Chinese:nee way shoh yeeng-wuhn mah
Literally:you know how to speak English +?
English:They cannot speak English
Chinese:tah-men boo way shoh yeeng-wuhn
Literally:they not know how to speak English
English:I know how to speak Chinese
Chinese:woh way shoh johng-wuhn
Literally:(same)
English:I don't know how to speak Chinese
Chinese:woh boo way shoh johng-wuhn
Literally:(same)
English:A little
Chinese:ee-dee-en
English: A little (alternate - as heard in Northern China)
Chinese:ee-dee-ar
English:A little Chinese
Chinese:ee-dee-en johng-wuhn
Literally:(same)
English:I know how to speak a little Chinese
Chinese:woh way shoh ee-dee-en johng-wuhn
Literally:(same)
English:She can speak some English
Chinese:tah way shoh ee-dee-en yeeng-wuhn
Literally:she knows how to speak a little English
English:Please repeat that
Chinese:tcheeng dzie shoh ee-bee-en
Literally:please again speak one time
SECTION: WHAT
English:What
Chinese:shun-muh
English:What's the matter?
Chinese:shun-muh shih
Literally:what is
English:What did you say?
Chinese:nee shoh shun-muh
Literally:you said what
English:What did he say?
Chinese:tah shoh shun-muh
Literally:he said what
English:To do (verb)
Chinese:dzoh
English:What are you doing?
Chinese:nee dzoh shun-muh
Literally:you doing what

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