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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: PARDON ME
In Chinese, when approaching someone to ask a question, it's polite to first say Excuse me, may I ask... before asking the question.
English:I'm sorry / excuse me (get attention / pardon)
Chinese:dway-boo-tchee
English:Excuse me, do you speak English?
Chinese:dway-boo-tchee, nee way shoh weeng-wun mah
Literally:excuse me, you know how to speak English?
English:To ask (verb)
Chinese:wun
English:May I ask
Chinese:tcheeng wun
Literally:please to ask
English:May I ask, where is the hotel?
Chinese:tcheeng wun, djee-oh-dee-en dzie nar
Literally:please to ask, hotel located where?
English:Excuse me, may I ask, where is the hotel?
Chinese:dway-boo-tchee, tcheeng wun, djee-oh-dee-en dzie nar
Literally:excuse me, please to ask, hotel located where?
SECTION: PLACE
English:Where
Chinese:nar
English: Place (notice the tone difference)
Chinese:nar
English:I
Chinese:woh
English:My place
Chinese:woh nar
Literally:(same)
English:We
Chinese:woh-men
English:Our place
Chinese:woh-men nar
Literally:(same)
English:You
Chinese:nee
English:Your place
Chinese:nee nar
Literally:(same)
English:Friend
Chinese:pung-yoh
English:A friend's place
Chinese:pung-yoh nar
Literally:friend's place
English:I'm going to my friend's place
Chinese:woh tchoo woh duh pung-yoh nar
Literally:(same)
English:I would like to go to your place
Chinese:woh see-ahng tchoo nee nar
Literally:I would like to go your place
English:Home
Chinese:tchee-ah / djee-ah
English:There is our home
Chinese:nar shih woh-men duh djee-ah
Literally:(same)

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