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. You may also download a complete audio transcript for listening in your car.

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SECTION: TO SPEAK
English:To speak (verb)
Pinyin: shuō
English:To know how (verb)
Pinyin: huì
English:You know how to speak
Pinyin: nǐ huì shuō
Literally:(same)
English:You know how to speak English
Pinyin: nǐ huì shuō yīng-wén
Literally:(same)
English:Do you know how to speak English?
Pinyin: nǐ huì shuō yīng-wén ma
Literally:you know how to speak English +?
English:They cannot speak English
Pinyin: tā-men bú huì shuō yīng-wén
Literally:they not know how to speak English
English:I know how to speak Chinese
Pinyin: wǒ huì shuō zhōng-wén
Literally:(same)
English:I don't know how to speak Chinese
Pinyin: wǒ bú huì shuō zhōng-wén
Literally:(same)
English:A little
Pinyin: yī-diǎn
English: A little (alternate - as heard in Northern China)
Pinyin: yī-diǎnr
English:A little Chinese
Pinyin: yī-diǎn zhōng-wén
Literally:(same)
English:I know how to speak a little Chinese
Pinyin: wǒ huì shuō yī-diǎn zhōng-wén
Literally:(same)
English:She can speak some English
Pinyin: tā huì shuō yī-diǎn yīng-wén
Literally:she knows how to speak a little English
English:Please repeat that
Pinyin: qǐng zài shuō yí-biàn
Literally:please again speak one time
SECTION: WHAT
English:What
Pinyin: shén-me
English:What's the matter?
Pinyin: shén-me shì
Literally:what is
English:What did you say?
Pinyin: nǐ shuō shén-me
Literally:you said what
English:What did he say?
Pinyin: tā shuō shén-me
Literally:he said what
English:To do (verb)
Pinyin: zuò
English:What are you doing?
Pinyin: nǐ zuò shén-me
Literally:you doing what

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