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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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Xiè lǎoshī, níhǎo.
谢老师﹐你好。
謝老師﹐你好。
Hello, Prof. Xie.
2.
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John, nǐhǎo.
你好。
你好。
Hello, John.
3.
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Xiè lǎoshī, nǐ shì nálǐ rén?
谢老师﹐你是那里人﹖
謝老師﹐你是那裡人﹖
Prof. Xie , where are you from?
4.
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Wǒ shì Shànghǎi rén.
我是上海人。
我是上海人。
I am from Shanghai.
5.
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Wǒ shì cóng Shànghǎi lái de.
我是从上海来的。
我是從上海來的。
I came from Shanghai.
6.
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Nǐ tàitai yě shì Shànghǎi rén ba?
你太太也是上海人吧﹖
你太太也是上海人吧﹖
Is your wife also from Shanghai , (I guess)?
7.
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Shìde, tā yě shì Shànghǎi rén.
是的﹐她也是上海人。
是的﹐她也是上海人。
Yes, she is also from Shanghai.
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John, nǐ shì nálǐ rén?
John,你是哪里人﹖
John, 你是哪裡人﹖
John, where are you from?
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Wǒ shì Jiā Zhōu rén.
我是加州人。
我是加州人。
I am Californian.
10.
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Wǒ shì zài Los Angeles chūshēng de.
我是在LosAngeles出生的。
我是在 Los Angeles 出生的。
I was born in Los Angeles.
11.
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Xiè lǎoshī, xièxie ni.
谢老师﹐谢谢你。
謝老師﹐謝謝你。
Prof. Xie, thank you.
12.
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Bú kèqi.
不客气。
不客氣。
You're welcome.
Notes
  • 'ba' is a question marker too, but carries a different meaning as in 'ma' question. 'ba' is a suggestive, something the speaker guesses or assumes.
  • When 'nálǐ rén' is asked, it usually refers to which part of a country the person is from. This is similar to '...shì zài ... chūshéng de' (...to be born in ...')

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