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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 xiànzài Zhōngwén shuō de hén hǎo.
John,你现在中文说得很好。
John, 你現在中文說得很好。
John, you speak Chinese very well now.
2.
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Nálǐ, hái bù xíng, wǒ zhǐ huì shuō yìdiǎr Zhōngwén.
哪里﹐还不行﹐我只会说一点儿中文。
哪裡﹐還不行﹐我只會說一點兒中文。
No, not good yet. I can speak a little Chinese.
3.
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Rènshi bu rènshi Zhōngguó zì?
认识不认识中国字﹖
認識不認識中國字﹖
Do you recognize Chinese characters?
4.
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Bú rènshi, wǒ zhǐ huì shuō. Wǒ huì xiě Pīnyīn.
不认识﹐我只会说。 我会写拼音。
不認識﹐我只會說。我會寫拼音。
No, I don't. I can speak only. I can write Pinyin.
5.
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Nǐ de lǎoshī shì bu shì Zhōngguó rén?
你的老师是不是中国人﹖
你的老師是不是中國人﹖
Is your teacher Chinese?
6.
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Shìde, tā shì Zhōngguó rén, shì cóng Shànghǎi lái de.
是的他是中国人﹐是从上海来的。
是的他是中國人﹐是從上海來的。
Yes, he is a Chinese and he came from Shanghai.
7.
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Tā jiāo de hǎo bu hǎo?
他教得好不好﹖
他教得好不好﹖
Does he teach well?
8.
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Tā jiāo de hén hǎo.
他教得很好。
他教得很好。
He teaches very well.
Notes
  • 'de' in 'Tā jiāo de hén hǎo.' is a grammatical particle. This pattern is used to express the degree or extent.
  • The difference between 'yě' and 'hái': Study the following sentences and try to find out the difference.
  • Wǒ huì shuō Yīngyǔ, yě huì shuō Eyǔ.
    (I can speak English and I also speak Russian.)

    Wǒ huì shuō Yīngyǔ, hái huì shuō Eyǔ.
    (I can speak English. In addition, I can also speak Russian.)

    Wǒ huì shuō Eyǔ. Tā yě huì shuō Eyǔ.
    (I can speak Russian. He can also speak Russian.)

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