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: THANK YOU / YOU'RE WELCOME
English:Thanks
Pinyin: xiè-xie
English: Thank you (alternate way to say)
Pinyin: xiè-xie nín
Literally:thanks you
English:You're welcome
Pinyin: bú xiè
Literally:no thanks
English:You're welcome (more formal)
Pinyin: bú kè-qì
Literally:don't be polite
English: Your welcome / no problem (said for small things)
Pinyin: méi guān-xi
Literally:not have connection
English: Welcome (e.g. welcome to hotel/restaurant/shop)
Pinyin: huān-yíng guāng-líng
SECTION: WOULD LIKE TO / TO EAT
English:Would like to
Pinyin: xiǎng
English:What would you like to do?
Pinyin: nǐ xiǎng zuò shén-me
Literally:you would like to do what?
English:To eat
Pinyin: chī
English:Rice
Pinyin: fàn
English:To eat a meal
Pinyin: chī fàn
Literally:to eat rice
English: I would like to eat (a meal)
Pinyin: wǒ xiǎng chī fàn
Literally:I would l like to eat rice
English:Would you like to eat?
Pinyin: nǐ xiǎng chī fàn ma
Literally:you would like to eat rice?
There is no standard word for yes and no in Chinese. Instead, questions are usually answered by repeating the positive or negative for of the verb from the original question. To answer the question would you like to eat?, you could simply repeat the positive or negative form of the verb:
English:Yes
Pinyin: xiǎng
Literally:would like
English:No
Pinyin: bù xiǎng
Literally:not would like
English:Okay?
Pinyin: hǎo bù hǎo
Literally:good-not-good?
English:Let's eat, okay?
Pinyin: wǒ-men chī fàn, hǎo bù hǎo
Literally:we eat, good not good?
English:Okay
Pinyin: hǎo
Literally:good
English:What would you like to eat?
Pinyin: nǐ xiǎng chī shén-me
Literally:you would like to eat what?

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