Lesson 8 我普通话说得不好。I don't speak Mandarin well.
普通话Pǔtōnghuà Standard Mandarin / 说 shuō Speak / 韓语 Hányǔ Korean Language / 日本语 Rìběnyǔ Japanese /
普通话 Pǔtōnghuà is the common name for the group of dialects found in northern China that is the official language of China. While the Chinese insist that everyone in China speaks variants of "Chinese", the native dialects of much of southern China can be considered distinct languages in their own right. 得 de is a particle added to the end of verbs so that you can modify them. So to turn "He speaks" 他说 tā shuō into "He speaks well" you just have to add the character for "good", hǎo and add the particle 得 de to the end of the verb "to speak", 说 shuō. The final product is 他说得好 tā shuōde hǎo.Example sentences: 你 普通话 说得 很 好。 You speak Mandarin really well.
Nǐ Pǔtōnghuà shuōde hěn hǎo.
You common-dialect speak very well. 我 的 朋友 普通话 说 得 很 好。 My friend speaks Mandarin really well.
Wǒ de péngyou Pǔtōnghuà shuōde hěn hǎo.
I of friend common-dialect speak very well. 我 普通话 说得 不 好。 I don't speak Mandarin well.
Wǒ Pǔtōnghuà shuōde bù hǎo.
I common-dialect speak not well. 你 英语 说得 很 好。 You speak English really well.
Nǐ Yīngyǔ shuōde hěn hǎo.
You English-language speak very well 陈 先生 韓语 说得 很 好。 Mr. Chen speaks Korean very well.
Chén xiānsheng Hányǔ shuōde hěn hǎo.
Chen first-born Han-language speak very well. 王 小姐 英语 说得 很 好。 Ms. Wang speaks English very well
Wáng xiǎojiě Yīngyǔ shuōde hěn hǎo.
Wang little-big-sister English speak very well. 我 的 经理 日语 说得 很 好。 My manager speaks Japanese very well.
Wǒ de jīnglǐ Rìyǔ shuōde hěn hǎo.
I-of classic-logic Japanese language speak very well. >> Download this as a PDF (right click to save) Sound files for the example sentences: >> Download RL teacher reading these sentences (right click to save) >> Download SS teacher reading these sentences (right click to save)
B 是, 他在加拿大住过三年。
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