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.
Wǒ shì Xiè lǎoshī.
I am Prof. Xie.
Wǒ shì Zhōngguó rén.
I am a Chinese.
Wǒ huì shuō Yīngyǔ.
I can speak English.
Wǒ yě huì shuō Eyǔ.
I also can speak Russian.
Wǒ bàba māma dōu bú huì shuō wàiyue.
Both my parents cannot speak (any) foreign languages.
Tāmen zhǐ huì shuō Zhōngguó huà.
They can only speak Chinese.
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...'