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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: A LOT / TOO MUCH
English:A lot
Chinese:hun doh
Literally:very much
English:I ate a lot
Chinese:woh chih luh hun doh
Literally:I ate very much
The word luh after a verb indicates past tense, but is also used in other places, such as when indicating excessiveness.
English:Too (excessive)
Chinese:tie
English:Too much
Chinese:tie doh
Literally:(same)
English:I ate too much
Chinese:woh chih luh tie doh luh
Literally:(same)
The first luh is to indicate past tense, and the second luh is for too / excessively. You'll get a lot more practive with this.
SECTION: TO BUY
English:To buy
Chinese:mie
English:I need to buy
Chinese:woh yau mie
Literally:(same)
English:I would like to buy
Chinese:woh see-ahng mie
Literally:(same)
English:What would you like to buy?
Chinese:nee see-ahng mie shun-muh
Literally:you would like to buy what
English:I would not like to buy it
Chinese:woh boo see-ahng mie
Literally:I not would like to buy
Notice the difference between the tones for to sell and to buy
English:To sell
Chinese:mie
English:To buy
Chinese:mie

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