inMountains Mandarin Course, 山水中文课。大家好,hello everybody, 这是第1课。This is Lesson 1.

Good evening/wanShang hao. Welcome to inMountains Mandarin Course. Julian Luo Let's learn how to say this sentence in Chinese (1. I don’t know why.) . This is Lesson 1, today is 09-18-21, Saturday, my name is Julian Luo, recording this lesson in China Changsha.

Step One: Grammar

The first question. Is there
a title (sir/madam/Mr./Dr./Professor...), or phrases like
[please/if I may...]?
in the sentence [1. I don’t know why.]? They need to be said first in Chinese.
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Yes | No

1. I don’t know why.

pinyin:[wo Bu zhiDao Wei shenme.]?
sound:(war Boo dsirDow Way shunmuh.)?


Please close your eyes, see if you can memorize it.

If you want to learn how to write the characters, just practice them using your finger, on your palm, always write from left to write, from top to bottom, from outside to inside.

Step Two: New Words

I 我 wo

war 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.
[why] and [how] are typically adverbial modifiers. In this cases, [why] is an object.
In a couple southern provinces, like Sichuan and Hunan, we say [xiaode] 晓得, instead of the official word of [zhiDao] 知道.

【related words】xiaode 晓得 = to know = zhiDao 知道; liaojie 了解 = to get to know.


Let me write something about the corona virus crisis in my town. It is the end of Feb. and it is getting worse and worse. In my 47 years, I have never felt such hopeless situation in my country. No one knows what tomorrow will be like, and if we will be caught somewhere. I live in a rural town where luckily we have not yet heard of any case, but in nearby towns there were cases caught a few weeks ago.

So we are all looking for news on our phone. I hope my experience of working online will bring me some cash this year.

Try to translate the following sentences.

  1. wo Bu zhiDao his name. But he looks familiar.
  2. Why did ni Wen ta?
  3. Ta Bu zhiDao we are gone.
  4. Tell ta that ta is perfect for him.


Q: Do you translate [don't ] [not] differently?(find out)
Q: In Chinese, can you say [I don't know.] without an object?(find out)
Q: Do you translate [I] [me] differently? (find out)
Q: Can we also put [Why] at the beginning of a question in Chinese?(find out)
wo zhiDao Weishenme. (translate)
wo Ai ni. (translate)
wo Bu zhiDao Weishenme wo zhiDao. (translate)
Sentence: I don't know why I awoke. [In this case, (why I awoke is an objective clause. )](translate)

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Learning Advices 汉语学习建议

animal We require our students put a small notebook in their pockets everyday, and use all the wawiting time to memorize new words. Would you do the same?

Step Four: Read

Let me tell you a story. ...(translate)
Not too long ago, in Ningbo City, ...(translate)
There is a town suddently blocked, to provent the coronavirus from spreading. ...(translate)
Nobody was allowed to come in and out. ...(translate)
Including people living in the town. ...(translate)
There was a grampa going home after having walk. ...(translate)
He saw that the bridge had a roadblock on it, and he couldn't go home. ...(translate)
Some men didn't allow him to pass. ...(translate)
But his home was on the other side of river, ...(translate)
he had to go home. ...(translate)
There was no other way. ...(translate)
He decided to remove all his clothes. ...(translate)
Threw all of them to the other side. ...(translate)
And then went down to the river, and swan ...(translate)
to the other side. ...(translate)
It was winter, very cold. ...(translate)
But the grandpa was in good health, ...(translate)
He looked calm ...(translate)
And he returned hom, just like that. ...(translate)

Again, close your eyes, at least try to remember the pinyin.