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.
English: To be located (verb) Chinese: dzie
English: In China Chinese: dzie johng-gwoh Literally: located China
English: To live / to stay (somewhere) Chinese: joo
English: I live in China Chinese: woh joo dzie johng-gwoh Literally: I live located China
English: She lives in American Chinese: tah joo dzie may-gwoh Literally: she lives located America
English: We live in Beijing Chinese: woh-men joo dzie bay-jeeng Literally: we live located Beijing
English: Is it here? Chinese: shih dzie jar mah Literally: is located here +?
English: Yes, it is here Chinese: shih, shih dzie jar Literally: is, is located here
English: Here (alternate) Chinese: juh-lee / jeu-lee Literally: this place
English: Do you live here? Chinese: nee joo dzie juh-lee mah Literally: you live located here +?
Where (alternate - heard in Southern China)
English: Where is it? Chinese: dzie nar Literally: located where
English: Where is she? Chinese: tah dzie nar Literally: she located where
English: Where do you live? Chinese: nee joo dzie nar Literally: you live located where
English: Where are we going? Chinese: woh-men tchoo nar Literally: we going where?
English: Where would you like to go? Chinese: nee see-ahng tchoo nar Literally: you would like to go where?
English: Hotel (small hotel/hostel) Chinese: loo-gwahn
English: Hotel (large hotel) Chinese: djee-oh-dee-en
English: I would like to go to the hotel Chinese: woh see-ahng tchoo djee-oh-dee-en Literally: (same)
English: I'm staying at a hotel Chinese: woh joo dzie djee-oh-dee-en Literally: I living located hotel
English: Where is the Beijing Hotel? Chinese: bay-jeeng djee-oh-dee-en dzie nar Literally: Beijing hotel located where?
English: Where are we going to eat? Chinese: woh-men tchoo nar chih Literally: we go where to eat?
English: Where would you like sit? Chinese: nee see-ahng dzoh dzie nar Literally: you would like located where to sit?