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: INVITATIONS / SUGGESTIONS
English:We go
Pinyin: wǒ-men qù
Literally:(same)
English:Would you like to go?
Pinyin: nǐ xiǎng qù ma
Literally:you would like to go +?
English: (This word makes a phrase into a suggestion)
Pinyin: ba
English:Let's go ('bah' makes it a suggestion)
Pinyin: wǒ-men qù ba
Literally:we go + 'bah'
English:Let's eat (suggestion)
Pinyin: wǒ-men chī fàn ba
Literally:we eat + 'bah'
English:Is it good?
Pinyin: hǎo ma
Literally:good +?
English:How about we eat?
Pinyin: wǒ-men chī fàn, hǎo ma
Literally:we eat, good +?
SECTION: PLEASE
English:Please
Pinyin: qǐng
English:To come in (verb)
Pinyin: jìn
English:Please come in
Pinyin: qǐng jìn
Literally:(same)
English:To sit
Pinyin: zuò
English:Please sit down
Pinyin: qǐng zuò
Literally:please sit
English:Do you want to sit down?
Pinyin: nǐ yào zuò ma
Literally:you want sit +?
English:To listen
Pinyin: tīng
English:Please listen
Pinyin: qǐng tīng
Literally:(same)

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