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Learn Chinese 9 : What job do you do?

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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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Wǒ jiào John, shì Měiguó rén.
我叫John,是美国人。
我叫 John, 是美國人。
My name is John. I am an American.
2.
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Wǒ shì Bīn Zhōu yī jiā diànzǐ gōngsī de zǒng jīnglǐ.
我是宾州一家电子公司的总经理。
我是賓州一家電子公司的總經理。
I am general manager of an electronics company in Pennsylvania.
3.
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Wǒmen gōngsī gēn Zhōngguó zuò shēngyi.
我们公司跟中国做生意。
我們公司跟中國做生意。
My company is doing business with China.
4.
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Wǒ cháng dào Zhōngguó qù.
我常到中国去。
我常到中國去。
I often go to China.
5.
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Zhōngguó yě cháng yǒu rén dào wǒmen gōngsī lái.
中国也常有人到我们公司来。
中國也常有人到我們公司來。
Some people often come from China to my company.
6.
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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.
7.
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Shuō de hái bù líulì.
说得还不流利。
說得還不流利。
(I) don't speak fluently yet.
8.
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Yǒu de huà hái tīng bù dǒng.
有的话还听不懂
有的話還聽不懂
(I) still don't understand some words.
Notes
  • 'gēn...' means 'with...' This prepositional phrase is always placed before the verb in Chinese. In English, the prepositional phrase is usually after the verb, e.g. We do business with China. This is an important feature of the Chinese language.
  • 'Zhōngguó yě cháng yǒu rén dào wǒmen gōngsī lái.' The direct translation of this sentence would be: China also often have somebody to come to our company.
  • 'Yǒu de huà hái tīng bù dǒng.' There is no subject here in this sentence. The subject is understood: 'I'. This is a typical Chinese sentence construction. Some people call it 'object fronting construction' and somebody considers that 'yǒu de huà' is a topic. Subject dropping is very common in Chinese, particularly in a discourse.

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