Mandarin Lesson 6 你的朋友是哪里的 人? Where is your friend from?
哪里 nǎli? Where? / 宾馆 bīnguǎn Hotel / 大学 Dàxué University /你的 同事 住 哪里? Where does your coworker live?
住 zhù Live / 人 rén Person /
Nǐde tóngshì zhù nǎli?
You-of same-affairs lives which-inside? 你 住 哪里? Where do you live?
Nǐ zhù nǎli?
You live which-inside? 大学 书店 在 哪里? Where is the university book store?
Dàxué shūdiàn zài nǎli?
Big-study books-shop being which-inside? 宾馆 在 哪里? Where is the hotel?
Bīn guǎn zài nǎli?
Guest-house being which-inside? 你的 朋友 是 哪里的 人? Where is your friend from?
Nǐde péngyou shì nǎlide rén?
You-of friend is which-inside-of person? 她 去 哪里? Where is she going?
Tā qù nǎli?
She go which-inside? 学生 去 哪里? Where is the student going?
Xuésheng qù nǎli?
Study-born go which-inside?
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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.|