Lesson 7. 中国很大。China is very big.
外国人 Wàiguórén Foreigner / 小 xiǎo Small / 多 duō Many / 大 dà Big /
外国人 Wàiguórén is a term you will hear quite often in China, strictly speaking it means something akin to "outsider", 外 Wài literally meaning "outside". In the Mandarin-speaking sections of China this is how most non-Chinese, non East-Asian people are referred to. 小 xiǎo "small" and 大 dà "big" are found quite frequently as components of longer words, for instance "elementary school" is 小学 xiǎoxué and "university" is 大学 dàxué. 香港 Xiānggăng "Hong Kong" is of course a city that needs no introduction. The first character, 香 xiāng can be translated as "fragrant", "perfume", or even have the connotation of "flavorful" (when talking about food). 港 găng means "harbor", which is of course what Hong Kong is famous for. So, the meaning of Hong Kong is actually "Fragrant harbor".Example sentences: 中国 大 吗? Is China big?
Zhōngguó dà ma?
Is middle-country big question? 韩国 很 小。 Korea is small.
Hánguó hěn xiǎo.
Han-country is small. 中国 很 大。 China is very big.
Zhōngguó hěn dà.
Middle-kingdom very big. 宾馆 大 吗? Is the hotel big?
Bīnguǎn dà ma?
Guest-house big question? 外国人 不 多。 There are not many foreigners.
Wàiguórén bù duō.
Outside-country-person not many. 美国 大 吗? Is the United States big?
Měiguó dà ma?
Beautiful-country big question? 留学生 很 多。 There are many foreign students.
Liúxuéshēnɡ hěn duō.
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B 对, 外国人很多。
B 对, 在香港也很多。
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