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To another dose of Chris’s Class on ”Working” Mandarin Chinese
Chinese mandarin ”PUTONGHUA” > expressed as PU TONG HUA
Following on from my last introduction to Chinese basic usage for travelers street use.
the purpose of this simple approach is to offer the understanding of tones
Do you remember the 4 tones?
Let’s Dive in on them below
Pinyin uses either numbers or tone marks to indicate the tones. Here is the word ‘ma’ with numbers and then tone marks:
- 1st tone: ma1 or mā [ Numbers Directly after the Pinyin (ma1) represents the tonal sounds ]
- 2nd tone: ma2 or má
- 3rd tone: ma3 or mǎ
- 4th tone: ma4 or mà
Travel basics lesson:2
[Frequently uses Phrases}
go to > zhuǎn dào ………… wo yao [i want] to go to [zhuan dao] toilet [ce suo]
where is > zài nǎ li
toilet/wc > cè suǒ ………….[zai na] where is the toilet [ce suo]
Bank > yín háng ………….zai na le [ yin yang] where is then bank
Buy > mǎi …. ……….. [wo yao] mai de [bing qi ling] [ice-cream]
Doctor > yī shēng . zai na le ………where is the doctor
Dentist > yá yī zai na le. ………where is the dentist
Hospital > yī yuàn zai nal le ………where is the hospital
Sorry > Dui Bu Qi,
nǐ shì > you are
bu zhi dao > dont understand
zài jiàn > goodbye
In Mandarin there is no specific words for saying “yes” and “no.” but Instead, the verb which is used in the Mandarin question is used to make a positive or negative reply.
For Example The Question:
Do you like rice? Nǐ3 xǐ huan3 fàn4 ma?
The answer would be:
I like. ni xi huan
I don’t like. wo bu xi huan
Mandarin Questions and Answers
Q: Nǐ yǒu bǐ ma?
Do you have a pen?
A: Méi yǒu.
No (don’t have).
Q: Nǐ yào bú yào mǎi?
Do you want to buy (it)?
Q: Jīntiān shì xīng qī yī ma?
Is today Monday?
- I like ice-cream
- You are a Doctor
- I don’t understand
Is to GUIDE you into the basic Language gently, so attempt is to keep it simple and useful.
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