Lesson 5: 陈先生在宾馆。Mr. Chen is at the hotel.
家 jiā Home / 在 zài Is / 教室 jiāoshì Classroom / 地铁 dìtiě Subway /
站 zhàn Station
In Mandarin Chinese there are two different words for the English verb "to be". The first, 是 shì, is for talking about characteristics or the identity of the noun. For instance, 他是英国人 Tā shì Yīngguórén "He is English". The second, 在 zài, is for talking about where something is located, and has the meaning "to be at (in)". 他在英国 Tā zài Yīngguó "He is in England" 公 gōng "public" is a character that recurs frequently in many words having to do with public or civic institutions. Examples include 公园 gōngyuán "park", 公共汽车 gōnggòng qìchē "bus", and 公安 gōng'ān "the police".Example sentences: 我 在 学校。 I am at school.
Wǒ zài xuéxiào.
I being study-school.
她 在 家 吗? Is she at home?
王 小姐 在 地铁 站。 Ms. Wang is at the subway station.
我们 在 茶馆。 We are at the teahouse.
陈 先生 在 宾馆。 Mr. Chen is at the hotel.
经理 在 办公室。 The manager is at the office.
学生们 在 教室。 The students are in the classroom.
Wáng xiăojiĕ zài jiàoshì ma?
Is Ms. Wang in the classroom?
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