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 BE LOCATED
English:To be located (verb)
Pinyin: zài
English:In China
Pinyin: zài zhōng-guó
Literally:located China
English:To live / to stay (somewhere)
Pinyin: zhù
English:I live in China
Pinyin: wǒ zhù zài zhōng-guó
Literally:I live located China
English:She lives in American
Pinyin: tā zhù zài měi-guó
Literally:she lives located America
English:We live in Beijing
Pinyin: wǒ-men zhù zài běi-jīng
Literally:we live located Beijing
English:Here
Pinyin: zhèr
English:Is it here?
Pinyin: shì zài zhèr ma
Literally:is located here +?
English:Yes, it is here
Pinyin: shì, shì zài zhèr
Literally:is, is located here
English:Here (alternate)
Pinyin: zhè-lǐ
Literally:this place
English:Do you live here?
Pinyin: nǐ zhù zài zhè-lǐ ma
Literally:you live located here +?
SECTION: WHERE
English:Where
Pinyin: nǎr
English: Where (alternate - heard in Southern China)
Pinyin: nǎ-lǐ
English:Where is it?
Pinyin: zài nǎr
Literally:located where
English:Where is she?
Pinyin: tā zài nǎr
Literally:she located where
English:Where do you live?
Pinyin: nǐ zhù zài nǎr
Literally:you live located where
English:Where are we going?
Pinyin: wǒ-men qù nǎr
Literally:we going where?
English:Where would you like to go?
Pinyin: nǐ xiǎng qù nǎr
Literally:you would like to go where?
English:Hotel (small hotel/hostel)
Pinyin: lǔ-guǎn
English:Hotel (large hotel)
Pinyin: jiǔ-diàn
English:I would like to go to the hotel
Pinyin: wǒ xiǎng qù jiǔ-diàn
Literally:(same)
English:I'm staying at a hotel
Pinyin: wǒ zhù zài jiǔ-diàn
Literally:I living located hotel
English:Where is the Beijing Hotel?
Pinyin: běi-jīng jiǔ-diàn zài nǎr
Literally:Beijing hotel located where?
English:Where are we going to eat?
Pinyin: wǒ-men qù nǎr chī
Literally:we go where to eat?
English:Where would you like sit?
Pinyin: nǐ xiǎng zuò zài nǎr
Literally:you would like located where to sit?

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