Lessons 1-10

Mandarin Lesson 13 很难说。It's difficult to say.

很 难 说。 It's difficult to say.
Hěn nán shuō.
Very difficult say.

说 普通话 难 吗? Is it difficult to speak Mandarin?
Shuō pǔtōnghuà nán ma?
Speak common-dialect difficult question?

说 普通话 不 难。 Speaking Mandarin is not difficult.
Shuō pǔtōnghuà bù nán.
Speak common-dialect non difficult.

汉字 很 难。Chinese characters are very difficult.
Hànzì hěn nán.
Han-character very difficult.

说 俄罗斯语 很 难。Speaking Russian is difficult.
Shuō Éluósīyǔ hěn nán.
Speak Russia-language very difficult.

说 英语 难 吗? Is speaking English difficult?
Shuō Yīngyǔ nán ma?
Speak English difficult question?

说 英语 很 难。Speaking English is very difficult.
Shuō Yīngyǔ hěn nán.
Speak English very difficult.

Lessons 11-20
Lessons 21-30
Lessons 31-40
Lessons 41-50
Lessons 51-60
Lessons 61-70
Lessons 71-80
Lessons 81-90
Lessons 91-100
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.