Lessons 1-10

Mandarin Lesson 5 你在家吗? Are you at home?

商店 shāngdin store / 教室 jiāosh classroom / 书店 shūdin Bookstore /
地铁 dtiě Subway / 在 zi To be /

她 在 商店。She is at the store.
Tā zi shāngdin.
She being commerce-shop.

我 在 办公室。I am at the office.
Wǒ zi bngōngsh.
I being manage-public-room.

你 在 家 吗? Are you at home?
Nǐ zi jiā ma?
You being home question?

杨 先生 不 在 办公室。Mr. Yang is not at the office.
Yng xiānsheng b zi bngōngsh.
Yang first-born not being manage-public-room.

杨 先生 不 在 教室。Mr. Yang is not in the classroom.
Yng xiānsheng b zi jiāosh.
Yang first-born not being study-room.

你 在 地铁 站 吗? Are you at the subway station?
Nǐ zi dtiě zhn ma?
You being ground-iron station question?

王 小姐 不 在 书店。Ms. Wang is not at the bookstore.
Wng xiǎojie b zi shūdin.
Wang little-big-sister not being book-shop.

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.