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Learn Chinese 7 : Is Chinese difficult?

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Click on the speaker icon of each sentence and listen to the recording. Each sentence follows this pattern : Pinyin (that's Chinese written in Latin characters), Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and the English translation of the sentence.
1.
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John, nǐ Zhōngguó huà shuō de hén hǎo.
John,你中国话说得很好。
John, 你中國話說得很好。
John, you speak Chinese very well.
2.
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Nálǐ, bù xíng, bù xíng.
哪里﹐不行不行。
哪裡﹐不行不行。
Oh, no, not well yet.
3.
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Wǒ xiànzài zài xué Zhōngwén.
我现在在学中文。
我現在在學中文。
I am learning Chinese now.
4.
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Nǐ juéde Zhōngwén nán bu nán?
你觉得中文难不难﹖
你覺得中文難不難﹖
Do you think that Chinese is difficult or not?
5.
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Wǒ juéde kóuyǔ bú tài nán, xiě zì bǐjiào nán.
我觉得中文口语不太难﹐写字比较难。
我覺得中文口語不太難﹐寫字比較難。
I feel that spoken Chinese is not that difficult. Writing charcaters is relatively difficult.
6.
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Nǐ hái huì shuō shénme wàiyǔ?
你还会说什么外语﹖
你還會說什麼外語﹖
What other foreign language can you speak?
7.
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Wǒ hái huì shuō Fáyǔ.
我还会说法语。
我還會說法語。
I can also speak French.
8.
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Fáyǔ nán bu nán?
法语难不难﹖
法語難不難﹖
Is French difficult?
9.
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Bú tài nán, méiyou Zhōngwén nán.
不太难﹐没有中文难。
不太難﹐沒有中文難。
Not really, not as difficult as Chinese.
Notes
  • 'bù xíng' is a response to the compliment. It means 'no, it doesn't work' literally. Actually it is a humble response to 'shuō de hén hǎo'.
  • 'méiyou Zhōngwén nán' means 'not that difficult compared to Chinese'.

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