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Learn Chinese 6 : I am learning Chinese

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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 shì Xiè lǎoshī.
我是谢老师。
我是謝老師。
I am Prof. Xie.
2.
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Wǒ shì Zhōngguó rén.
我是中国人。
我是中國人。
I am a Chinese.
3.
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Wǒ huì shuō Yīngyǔ.
我会说英语。
我會說英語。
I can speak English.
4.
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Wǒ yě huì shuō Eyǔ.
我也会说俄语。
我也會說俄語。
I also can speak Russian.
5.
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Wǒ bàba māma dōu bú huì shuō wàiyue.
我爸爸妈妈都不会说外语。
我爸爸媽媽都不會說外語。
Both my parents cannot speak (any) foreign languages.
6.
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Tāmen zhǐ huì shuō Zhōngguó huà.
他们只会说中国话。
他們只會說中國話。
They can only speak Chinese.
Notes
  • Here are some words for other languages:
    - Déyǔ : German
    - Eyǔ : Russian
    - Fǎyǔ : French
    - Rìyǔ : Japanese
    - Zhōngguóhuà : Chinese
    - Zhōngwén : Chinese
  • 'yǔ' means 'speech'. 'huà' is 'speech' too. 'wén' refers to a written language, but 'Zhōngguó huà' and 'Zhōngwén' can be used interchangeably.
  • 'huì' means 'to be able to'. 'huì shuō...' means 'to be able to speak...'
  • Pay attention to the position of 'dōu' which means 'all'. In the sentence 'Wǒ bàba māma dōu bú huì shuō...' the adverb 'dōu' is placed after 'bàba māma'. Never say: 'Dōu wǒ bàba māma...'

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