inMountains Mandarin Course, 山水中文课。大家好,hello everybody, 这是第5课。This is Lesson 5. Let's learn a few words before we get started.

【fine】...in Chinese
【ma 】...in Chinese

Welcome to inMountains Mandarin Course. Julian Luo Let's learn how to say this sentence in Chinese (5. How are you?) . This is Lesson 5, today is 11-27-20, Friday, my name is Julian Luo, recording this lesson in China Changsha.


Step One: Grammar

The first question. Is there
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a title (sir/madam/Mr./Dr./Professor...), or phrases like
[please/if I may...]?
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in the sentence [5. How are you?]? They need to be said first in Chinese.
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5. How are you?

pinyin:[ni hao ma]?
sound:(nee how mar?)?

你好吗


Please close your eyes, see if you can memorize it.
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Step Two: New Words

you 你 ni

nee next


Close your eyes, see if you can remember the characters, and the pinyin. If you find the sounds still difficult to pronounce, please let us know using the comment box on our site.

1) hao = good/fine/well/all right/OK. We use the same word for all these important words. 2) ma indicates a question, it also means mom, and horse, although they have different characters, just the same sound.

一般现在时

Welcome back. I am Julian Luo, a middle aged man living in a village in the middle part of China. I began to teach Chinese language 16 years ago, when I was in Nepal. I didn’t continue when I was back to China, but I am picking it up again, as living in the countryside does not get much opportunities to do business, except for online business. So here we go.

This very frequently used prase, and it is a question. One of the major differences is how we say a question, especially a special question which begins with what, where, which, how, why, etc.

The first thing you need to know is that we have to change the special question to a yes and no question before we translate it. It will be like [Are you fine?] when you say it in Chinese.

Fine = 好 hao. How are you? = Are you fine? = ni hao ma?

Exercises

Q: How to ask [How is he]?(find out)
Q: How to ask [Are you well]?(find out)
Q: What is the function of the word [ma]?(find out)
Q: If [How are you] = ni hao ma?, then what [ni hao] means?(find out)
Q: Do you know?(find out)
You have eaten ma? (translate)
You want to with me sleep ma? (translate)
You can lend me some money ma? (translate)
Sentence: How is he?(translate)
Sentence: How was she?(translate)
Sentence: Are you all right?(translate)

3205_Exercises

Q: How to ask [How is he]?(find out)
Q: How to ask [Are you well]?(find out)
Q: What is the function of the word [ma]?(find out)
Q: If [How are you] = ni hao ma?, then what [ni hao] means?(find out)
Q: Do you know?(find out)


2994_Exercises

Q: How to ask [How is he]?(find out)
Q: How to ask [Are you well]?(find out)
Q: What is the function of the word [ma]?(find out)
Q: If [How are you] = ni hao ma?, then what [ni hao] means?(find out)
Q: Do you know?(find out)


Lesson 3205: 2. Excuse me, where is the bathroom?

抱歉,卫生间在哪里?

pinyin: BaoQian, Weishengjian Zai nali?
BowChain, Wayshung jee-an Dsai narli?
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Lesson 2994: 4. I love you

我爱你

pinyin: wo Ai ni
war Eye nee
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Learning Advices 汉语学习建议

animal Chinese people come from different regions, we talk with various accents and dialects, that means most people s tones, pronunciations are basically incorrect, compared with Mandarin, we are used to that, we are fine with that. You are a foreigner, we do not expect you speak Chinese with the right tones, we expect to understand you.


In this lesson we learned these words:

【fine】...in Chinese
【ma 】...in Chinese

Question: What does [bu Ai] means? (Answer: don't love.)

Question: What does [wo xiHuan ni] means? (Answer: I like you.)

Question: What does [ni Ai wo] means? (Answer: you love me.)

Question: How do you say [do you love me]? (Answer: ni Ai wo ma? [you love me ma?])

Question: What role does the word [is] play in the sentence? (Answer: [is] is used as a verb, a predicate in Chinese.)

Question: Do we say [Excuse me, where is the bathroom?] or [Where is the bathroom, excuse me?] Which is correct? (Answer: The first is correct. [Excuse me] is said first.)