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Learn Chinese 5 : Where are you from?

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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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Qǐngwèn, nǐ shì bu shì Měiguó rén?
请问﹐你是美国人吗﹖
請問﹐你是美國人嗎﹖
May I ask, are you American?
2.
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Shìde, wǒ shì Měiguó rén. Wǒ shì cóng San Francisco lái de.
是的﹐我是美国人。 我是从SanFrancisco来的。
是的﹐我是美國人。我是從 San Francisco 來的。
Yes, I am American. I came from San Francisco.
3.
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Nǐ shì Jiā Zhōu rén ma?
你是加州人吗﹖
你是加州人嗎﹖
Are you Californian?
4.
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Búshì, wǒ shì Bīn Zhōu rén.
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No, I am Pennsylvanian.
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Nǐ tàitai yě shì Měiguó rén ma?
你 太太也是美国人吗﹖
你太太也是美國人嗎﹖
Is your wife also American?
6.
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Búshì, tā shì Fǎguó rén.
不是﹐她是法国人。
不是﹐她是法國人。
No, she is French.
Notes
  • 'shì bu shì' is another question form. This pattern is as same as 'shì ...ma?' In general, we call this pattern 'V Not V' pattern. The verb 'yǒu' (to have) has the form: 'yǒu méi yǒu' rather than 'yǒu bu yǒu'.
  • 'Jiā Zhōu' is a short form for 'Jiālìfúníyà Zhōu' - the state of California.
  • 'Bīn Zhōu' is a short form for 'Pennsylvania'.

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