Mandarin Chinese Lesson 1. 是 Is (characteristic)
Nín shì rìbĕnrén ma?
Are you Japanese? B 不是。是韩国人。
Bùshì. shì Hánguórén .
No, I’m not. I’m Korean. A 他是马来西亚人吗?
Tā shì Măláixīyàrén ma?
Is he Malaysian? B 是。
Yes. >> Download this as a PDF (right click to save) Example Sentences 我 是 老师。I am a teacher.
Wǒ shì lǎoshī.
I am old-master. 陈 先生 不 是 商人。Mr. Chen is not a businessperson.
Chén xiānsheng bù shì shāngrén.
Chen first-born not is commerce-person. 陈 先生 不 是 大学生。Mr. Chen is not a university student.
Chén xiānsheng bù shì dàxuéshēng.
Chen first-born not is big-study-born. 我 是 美国人。I am an American
Wǒ shì měiguórén.
I am beautiful-country-person. 他 是 加拿大人。He is Canadian.
Tā shì jiānádàrén.
He is add-catch-big-person 您 是 中国人 吗? Are you Chinese, sir/ma'am?
Nín shì zhōngguórén ma?
You-respected are middle-country-person? 陈 先生 不 是 韩国人。 Mr. Chen is not Korean.
Chén xiānshēng bù shì hánguórén.
Mr Chen is not han-country-people. >> Download this as a PDF (right click to save) >> Download this as an mp3 by JY teacher >> Download this as an mp3 by JN teacher >> Download this as an mp3 by TS teacher
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|Mandarin is a tone language--that is, different pitch patterns actually distinguish one word from another. Mandarin has no irregular verbs or noun plurals to learn, because words have only a single form. Because Mandarin is completely unrelated to any European language, you may think it might be difficult to develop your vocabulary. However, it really is not that difficult. Why? The reason is that the meanings of many words consisting of two or more characters can be inferred from the meanings of the characters or even the roots of individual characters. So, your vocabulary can rapidly expand when you have grasped the basic characters and character roots.|