Learning Chinese

Lesson 1

The 4 tones

mā highish tone, flat
ma? rising tone
mǎ falling then rising tone
mà falling tone

wǒ I
n? you

n?hǎo Hello (any time of day; formal and informal)
zaijian Bye
yi huir jian See you later

xìe xie Thank you
bukeqi Often spoken in reply to xe xie, with the meaning 'no problem!'

n? shuō yīngwén ma ? Do you speak english ?

duìbùq? Sorry

n?hao ma ? How are you ?
wǒ (ye) hen hao I'm fine

n? jiào shénme ? What is your name?
wǒ jiào John Smith My name is John Smith

sh Yes
bu No

du That's right / of course !


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