Hi, I'm Fame Ketover of Lenguin.com and this is Mandarin Chinese. Now it's your turn to say the things you learned in the last lesson. Plus you'll learn the Chinese characters.
Listen to Miss Hu ask Mr. King which country he's from in this live exchange.
Now try answering Miss Hu as she asks Mr. King various questions concerning nationality. If she asks a yes/no question, start your answer with "Shì" or "Bú shi". If she asks "what is so and so's nationality?", answer with a simple statement.
The answer "no" wouldn't make sense.
Now listen to this live conversation, as Miss Hu asks Mr. King about another about another foreign visitor.
Repeat the word for England.
Repeat the word for Englishman.
Try repeating Mr. King's answer to the following question.
Let's shift over for a moment to asking someone's nationality. Be sure to give "něi", meaning "which", the low tone. "nèi" in the falling tone means "that", so copy the low tone of "which" as you repeat.
Try repeating "which country person?".
Try repeating, "What's your nationality?"
Listen to this live exchange and see how Miss Hu and Mr. King discuss what part of the United States he is from.
Try repeating the short version of California.
Try repeating "a Californian" or "California person".
Now try repeating Mr. King's answer to Miss Hu's question, "Where are you from?", literally you'll remember, "You are where's person".
Listen to Mr. King ask the same question to Miss Hu.
Try repeating the real Chinese for Shanghai.
Try repeating "Shanghai person".
Let's see if you can ask, "Are you from Shanghai?", or literally "Are you a Shanghai person?"
Try asking, "Miss Hu, are you from Shanghai?"
Now listen to Miss Hu establish Mr. Ma's home province.
Try repeating the province name.
Now repeat Mr. King's reply in the exchange.
Let's turn to the question, "Where are you from?" Try repeating the word for "where".
Be sure to give it a good final R sound and even more importantly, be sure to give it the low tone.
Now try repeating "a person of where", or more literally, "where's person".
Now try repeating the question, "Where are you from?"
Do you remember how to ask, "What's your nationality?"
Now try asking, "Where are you from?"
How do you ask, "Are you an American?"
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