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The Theocratic Chinese Podcast

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你是老师吗?

他说中文吗?

Remember, 吗 means “is that right?” So when we ask, are you a teacher, we say, you’re a teacher, right? 你是老师吗?So with “ma” you can only ask yes/no questions.

Now we want to learn how to ask questions like “who”, “what”, “when” etc.

Who? 谁

谁 = who (shei2)

他是谁?Who is he? In Chinese, you say “he is who”

你是谁?

你们是谁?

老师是谁?

谁说中文?

你说中文吗?

Remember, ‘ma’ is used only for yes/no questions. ‘ma’ means “is that right?”

他是老师吗?

老师是谁?

What? 什么

什么 = what [she3me]

你说什么?What do you say? In Chinese “what do you say” is “you say what”

老师说什么?

他说什么?

你们说什么?

做 = to do

你做什么?

他做什么?

他们做什么?

他是学生。

学生是什么?

老师是什么?

他们是老师吗?

他们说什么?

Remember, we use ‘ma’ only for yes/no questions.

他们说中文吗?


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