Lessons 1-10

Mandarin Lesson 1你是学生吗? Are you a student?

老师 lǎoshī teacher / 学生 xushēng student / 商人 shāngrn businessperson / 韩国人 hngurn Korean person / 大学生 dxushēng university student /
陈 先生 是 老师。Mr. Chen is a teacher.
Chn xiānshēng sh lǎoshī.
Chen first-born is old-master;

你 是 学生 吗? Are you a student?
Nǐ sh xushēng ma?
You are study-born question?

他 是 大学生。He is a university student.
Tā sh dxushēng.
He is big-study-born.

我 是 韩国人。I am Korean.
Wǒ sh hngurn.
I am han-country-people.

我 不 是 加拿大人。I am not Canadian.
Wǒ b sh jiāndrn.
I am not add-catch-big-person.

我 不 是 商人。I am not a businessperson.
Wǒ b sh shāngrn.
I not am commerce-person.

他 是 老师 吗? Is he a teacher?
Tā sh lǎoshī ma?
He is old-master question?

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Lessons 101-110
Lessons 111-120
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.