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: THING / SOMETHING
English:Thing
Pinyin: dōng-xi
English: You are nothing (can be said as an insult)
Pinyin: nǐ bú shì dōng-xi
Literally:you not are thing
English:To shop
Pinyin: mǎi dōng-xi
Literally:to buy things
English:I would like to go shop
Pinyin: wǒ xiǎng mǎi dōng-xī
Literally:I would like to buy things
English:Something
Pinyin: yī-diǎn dōng-xi
Literally:little thing
English:I would like to eat something
Pinyin: wǒ xiǎng chī yī-diǎn dōng-xi
Literally:I would like to eat something
English:I would like to buy something
Pinyin: wǒ xiǎng mǎi yī-diǎn dōng-xi
Literally:I would like to buy something
SECTION: TO GO
English:To go
Pinyin:
English:I'm going
Pinyin: wǒ qù
Literally:(same)
English:He's not going
Pinyin: tā bú qù
Literally:he not going
English:Are we going?
Pinyin: wǒ-men qù ma
Literally:we going +?
English:Are you going?
Pinyin: nǐ qù ma
Literally:you going +?
English:What are you going there to do?
Pinyin: nǐ qù nàr zuò shén-me
Literally:you go there do what?
English:I would like to go
Pinyin: wǒ xiǎng qù
Literally:(same)
English:Would you like to go?
Pinyin: nǐ xiǎng qù ma
Literally:you would like to go +?
English:Let's go eat, okay?
Pinyin: wǒ-mén qù chī-fàn, hǎo ma
Literally:we go eat rice, good +?
English:Beijing
Pinyin: běi-jīng
English:I'm going to Beijing
Pinyin: wǒ qù běi-jīng
Literally:I go Beijing
English:I would like to go to Beijing
Pinyin: wǒ xiǎng qù běi-jīng
Literally:I would like to go Beijing

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