Do you use Twitter when learning a new language? I think it’s a nice way to practice writing and reading short phrases.
If you want to follow my Mandarin Chinese language account it is
Anyone want to practice?
<< Mandarin Chinese Class Review #1
I didn’t have a lot of time last week to study, so now it is time to review!
Cannot have two third-tones next to each other: The first one becomes second tone.
With certain words, like bù and yì, before another fourth tone these change to second tone.
Class was pretty fun tonight – we brought photos of our families to class and introduced them.
māma, Mother: mǔqīn Dad:
bàba, Father: fùqīn Child/children:
nǚér Husband (formal):
zhàng fū, Husband (informal): lǎogōng Wife (formal):
qī zǐ, Wife (informal): lǎopó Older sister:
jiějie Younger sister:
mèimei Older brother:
gēge Younger brother:
dìdi Paternal Grandpa (formal):
zǔfù, Paternal Grandpa (informal): yéye Paternal Grandma (formal):
zǔmǔ, Paternal Grandma (informal): nǎinai Maternal Grandpa (formal):
màizǔfù, Maternal Grandpa (informal): wàigōng Maternal Grandma (formal):
wài zǔmǔ, Maternal Grandma (informal): wàipó Aunt (mother’s sister):
āyí Aunt (father’s sister):
gūgu Uncle (father’s younger brother):
shūshu Uncle (father’s older brother):
bófù Uncle (mother’s brother):
Numbers and Counting
yī (yì when before a measure word) 2:
èr (with measure word: Liǎng) 3:
How many apples?
Jǐ gè píngguǒ?
Yī gè píngguǒ. (Yī pronounced like yí here.)
I have one little sister.
Wǒ yǒu yī gè mèimei. (Yī pronounced like yí here.)
jiàoshòu Business person:
yīshēng Waiter, clerk, service person:
Adjectives and Adverbs
kù Smart, intelligent:
cōngmíng Pretty, attractive:
hǎokàn Fat, stout:
shòu Nice, kind:
shànliáng Naughty, rambunctious:
Before an adjective, an adverb needs to be used:
fēicháng Not too, not very:
Is your cat cool?
Nǐ de māo kù ma?
My cat is cool.
Wǒ de māo hěn kù.
For small animals, the measure word is
I have one cat.
Wǒ yǒu yī zhī māo. (Pronounced like: Wó yǒu yì zhī māo.)
Do you have a pet?
Nǐ yǒu chǒngwù? (Pronounced like: Ní yóu chǒngwù? or Nǐ yóu chǒngwù?)
My little sister Rose took a Mandarin Chinese class while she was attending Longview Community College. Here is a small comic she wrote for the class.
I love Let’s Plays, and I think they’re really handy for when you’re learning a new language. If it’s a game you’re familiar with, you can usually figure out the context in which the player is speaking, which makes it a little easier to try to pick out words and sentences.
So, what are some Mandarin language Let’s Plays?
Mandarin Chinese Class Review #2 >>
Tuesday nights I’m taking a Mandarin Chinese class through
KU’s Confucius Institute. I need to review and practice speaking more, because even though I am listening and reading between classes, I get flustered when asked to actually speak. Hello!
你好 What is your name?
Nǐ jiào shénme míngzì?
I’m called Rachel Morris.
Wǒ jiào Rachel Morris.
我叫 Rachel Morris.
My family name is Morris.
Wǒ xìng Morris.
Morris. 姓 What is their name?
Tā jiào shénme míngzi?
他 （or 她）叫什么名字
Please speak a little slower!
Qǐng shuō màn diǎn’r!
How do you say _____ in Chinese?
____ Zhōngwén zěnme shuō?
Please say it again.
Qǐng zài shuō yíbiàn.
Chinese Practice Theater
(Visual Novel art by Halcyon and sei.chan)
Note that tone marks aren’t being updated based on
tone sandhi rules.
Nǐ hǎo! 你好! / Nǐ hǎo! 你好!
Nǐ jiào shénme míngzì? 你叫什么名字？ / Wǒ xìng Lǐ. 我姓李. Wǒ jiào Lǐ Xiá. 我叫李霞.
Tā jiào shénme míngzì? 她叫什么名字？ / Tā jiào Huáng Yáng. 她叫黄洋
Nín guìxìng? 您贵姓？ /Wǒ xìng Wáng. 我姓王. Wǒ jiào Wáng Xiùyīng. 我叫王秀英.
Nǐ hǎo, Huáng Yáng! 你好, 黄洋! Nǐ shì xuéshēng ma? 你是学生吗？ / Bù. Wǒ bùshì xuéshēng. 不. 我不是学生.