Mandarin Chinese Lessons (Standard Pinyin)

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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.

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SECTION: I / WE / THEY
You've already learned the pronouns I, you, and she/he. These can be converted into the pronouns we, they, and plural form of you by adding the extension men:
English:I
Pinyin:
English:We
Pinyin: wǒ-men
English:He/she
Pinyin:
English:They
Pinyin: tā-men
English:You
Pinyin:
English: You (when speaking to more than 1 person)
Pinyin: nǐ-men
English:Hello (to address one person)
Pinyin: nǐ hǎo
Literally:you good
English:Hello (to address more than 1 person)
Pinyin: nǐ-men hǎo
Literally:you good
For the remainder of the program, when the plural form of you is required, we will say you guys.
SECTION: LANGUAGES / MY / YOUR
English:England
Pinyin: yīng-guó
English:English (the language)
Pinyin: yīng-wén
English:China
Pinyin: zhōng-guó
English:Chinese (language)
Pinyin: zhōng-wén
English:I
Pinyin:
English:My
Pinyin: wǒ-de
English:You
Pinyin:
English:Your
Pinyin: nǐ-de
English:My Chinese is bad
Pinyin: wǒ-de zhōng-wén bù hǎo
Literally:my Chinese not good
English:Your English is very good
Pinyin: nǐ-de yīng-wén hěn hǎo
Literally:your English very good
English:It's mine
Pinyin: shì wǒ-de
Literally:is mine
English:It's not mine
Pinyin: bú shì wǒ-de
Literally:not is mine
English:It's yours
Pinyin: shì nǐ-de
Literally:is yours
English:I'm yours
Pinyin: wǒ shì nǐ-de
Literally:I am yours
English:You're mine
Pinyin: nǐ shì wǒ-de
Literally:you are mine

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