Lessons 1-10

Mandarin Lesson 30 我昨天来了。I came yesterday.

她 从 那里 来? Where is she from?
Tā cóng nàlĭ lái?
She from which-inside come?

刘 先生 从 那里 来? Where does Mr. Liu come from?
Liú xiānsheng cóng nàlĭ lái?
Liu first-born from which-inside come?

他 今天 来了。He came today.
Tā jīntiān lái le.
He today-heaven come finished.

你 可以 来 我的 家里 吗? Is OK to come to my house?
Nĭ kĕyĭ lái wŏde jiālĭ ma?
You can come I-of house-location question?

她 几点 来的? What time did she come?
Tā jĭdiăn láide?
She which-dot come-of?

周 小姐 几点 来的? What time did Ms. Zhou come?
Zhōu xiăojiĕ jĭdiăn láide?
Zhou little-big-sister which-dot come-of?

我 昨天 来 了。I came yesterday.
Wŏ zuótiān lái le.
I yesterday-sky come finished.

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.