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The Theocratic Chinese Podcast

ALL EPISODES

Review of tones:

1st tone: high flat tone 师 in 老师

2nd tone: rising tone 一 in 一个

3rd tone: low flat tone 老 in 师

4th tone: falling tone 个 in 一个

high, rising, low, falling

Verb 说

说 = to speak, shuo high flat tone (1st tone)

我说。

中文 = Chinese language, z-h-o-n-g, high flat, w-e-n, rising

我说中文。

老师说中文。

老师说我说中文。

我说我是老师。

我说我说中文。

Questions with 吗

你 = you, ni low flat tone (3rd tone)

老师 = teacher

你是老师

吗 ma, neutral tone (short, low tone)

你是老师吗?

你说中文吗?

是 also means yes

是,我说中文

他 = he, ta (high flat, or 1st tone)

他是一个老师吗?

不是 = is not. bu rising (2nd tone), shi falling (4th tone)

他不是一个老师。

你是一个老师吗?

我不是。

老师说中文。

To make a pronoun plural, you just add 们. It’s spelled men neutral tone. For example, 他 means he, 他们 means they. 我 means I, 我们 means we. 你 means you, so 你们 would be “you guys”. 们 literally means “multiple people”.

你们

你们是老师吗?

学生 student xue2 sheng1

你是学生。

他们

他们是学生吗?

我们

我们说中文吗?


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