Lessons 1-10

Lesson 7 我们的大学小。Our university is small.

韩国 hánguó Korea / 多 duō Many. Much / 小 xiǎo Small
/ 大 dà Big / 少 shǎo Few /
美国 很 大。 The United States is very big.
Měiguó hěn dà.
Beautiful-country very big.

韩国 大 吗? Is Korea big?
Hánguó dà ma?
Is han-country big?

北京 人 很 多。 Beijing has a lot of people.
Běijīng rén hěn duō.
North-capital people very many.

东京 人 很 多 吗? Does Tokyo have a lot of people?
Dōngjīng rén hěn duō ma?
East-capital people very many question?

我们的 大学 小。 Our university is small.
Wǒmende dàxué xiǎo.
I-plural-of big-study small.

你 大学的 学生们 多 吗? Does your university have a lot of students?
Nǐ dàxuéde xuéshengmen duō ma?
You big-study-of study-born-plural many question?

外国人 很 少。 There are few foreigners.
Wàiguórén hěn shǎo.
Outside-country-person very few.

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.