What is Your Name? – Mandarin Chinese 普通话

Nĭ hăo! (hello!)

Nǐ jiào shénme míngzi? (what’s your name?)

Jiāo wŏ… (my name is…)

Test it out and tell me your name in Chinese.

Video one: Chinese Tone Pairs: How to Practice and Master Mandarin Tones

Source: (Yangyang Cheng, 2014).

After learning the tones, can you say this Chinese tongue twister:

Māmɑ qí mǎ. Mǎ màn. Māmɑ mà mǎ.(Mum is riding a horse. The horse goes slowly. Mum scolds the horse.)

Mandarin Chinese is the common language of the Han nationality and the official language of the People’s Republic of China.

The standard modern Chinese written words are grammar examples, and one Chinese character is equal to a syllable.

A Chinese syllable is composed of a first part of the syllable is an initial which then follows a final tone.

The final can be classified either as a simple final, a compound final and a final with a nasal ending.

This final had tone marks that represent major vowels.

Chinese could not be more easier language to learn, the language is basically set out using the English alphabet called Pinyin.

Pinyin is the official romanization system for standard Chinese providing an easy teaching reference for those not proficient at using Chinese characters, while helping people to pronounce the words and tones.

Or by helping to associate characters with spoken words already known.

Xièxie. (thank you.)

Zàijiàn. (see you.)


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