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By Wendy Abraham

Positive aspects real-world examples and a mini-dictionary

Your pleasant advisor to knowing chinese language - quick and easily!

considering chinese language? even if you're a pupil, a vacationer, doing foreign company, otherwise you simply are looking to decide up easy chinese language, this transparent, easy-to-follow advisor may have you announcing phrases in typical Mandarin like a local speaker. From grammar, numbers, and vocabulary to greetings, renowned expressions, and correct etiquette, you'll make your self understood in no time!

become aware of how to
* Have daily conversations
* communicate in "perfect pitch"
* build sentences
* comprehend cultural principles and taboos
* Get round in a Chinese-speaking state

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Waw yeah mayo chyan, dahn shir mayo gwahn she. Waw jir daow ee guh hun how, hun pyan yee duh joong gwaw fahn gwan. I don’t have any money either, but it doesn’t matter. I know a great but very inexpensive Chinese restaurant. Laurie: Hâo ba. Zánmen zôu ba. How bah. Dzah men dzoe bah. Okay. Let’s go. 39 40 Part I: Getting Started Words to Know j∫nti≈n wânshàng jin tyan wahn shahng tonight tài hâole tye how luh that’s great d≈ngrán dahng rahn of course dànshì dahn shir but; however zôu ba dzoe bah let’s go Getting possessive with the particle de The particle de is ubiquitous in Chinese.

Today, the letters “P,” “T,” and “K” represent the aspirated sounds. Sounding Off: Basic Chinese Sounds Don’t worry about sounding like a native speaker the first time you utter a Chinese syllable — after all, who does? But the longer you procrastinate becoming familiar with the basic elements of Chinese words, the greater your fear of this unique language may become. After you begin to practice the sounds (and eventually the tones) out loud, you may wonder if you’ll ever come close to sounding like Bruce Lee in a kung-fu movie or even your local Chinatown grocer.

The way you can tell how one part of a Chinese sentence relates to another is generally by the use of particles and what form the word order takes. ) Some interesting characteristics of the Chinese language include the fact that there’s no such thing as first, second, or third person (for example, “I eat” versus “he eats”); no such thing as active or passive voices (for example, “hear” versus “be heard”); and no such thing as past or present (“I like him” versus “I liked him”). In addition, Chinese language has only two aspects — complete and continuous — whereas English has all sorts of different aspects: indefinite, continuous, perfect, perfect continuous, and so on.

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