Mandarin Lessons One through Ten
Mandarin Lesson 3 我认识杨先生。I know Mr. Yang.
Mandarin Lesson 4 王小姐去市场。Ms. Wang is going to the market.
Mandarin Lesson 5 你在家吗? Are you at home?
Mandarin Lesson 6 你的朋友是哪里的人? Where is your friend from?
Mandarin Lesson 7 我们的大学小。Our university is small.
Mandarin Lesson 8 你的朋友英语说得很好。Your friend speaks English really well.
Mandarin Lesson 9 你会说普通话? Do you know how to speak Mandarin?
Mandarin Lesson 10 这是我的朋友, 郑先生。This is my friend Mr. Zheng.
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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.|