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he; she; it
nǐ-men
you (plural)
wǒ-men
we; us
tā-men
they; them
rén
person; people
nǐ duō-dà le?
how old are you?
nǐ cāi
take a guess
wǒ èr-shí-liù le
I'm twenty six
lǎo
old
nián-qīng
young
wó lǎo le
I'm old
yì-diǎn'r yě bù ...
not ... at all
nǐ yì-diǎn'r yě bù lǎo
you are not old at all
zhè-ge
this one
nà-ge
that one
yì-si
meaning
bù hǎo yì-si
sorry
wǒ bú shì nà-ge yì-si!
that's not what I meant!
nǐ wù-hui le
you misunderstood
character (writing)
zhè-ge zì shén-me yì-si?
what does this character mean?
shuō
to speak; to say
huì shuō
can speak
zhōng-guó
China
zhōng-wén
Chinese (language)
wǒ huì shuō zhōng-wén
I can speak Chinese
jiù yì-diǎn'r
just a little bit
xué
to learn
... duō-jiǔ le?
how long ...?
nǐ xué zhōng-wén duō-jiǔ le?
how long have you been learning Chinese?
liǎng nián le
it's been two years
nǐ shuō-de hén hǎo
you speak very well
wó yě jué-de
I think so too
guò jiǎng le
I'm flattered
hái còu-he ba
it's just OK
nǐ zuò shén-me de?
what do you do?
shàng-xué
to study
gōng-zuò
to work; work
zhè-me qiǎo
such a coincidence
wó yě shì
me too
zhè'r
here
nà'r
there
nǐ lái zhè'r duō-jiǔ le?
how long have you been here?
bú shì hén jiǔ
not very long
wǒ gāng dào zhè'r
I just arrived
nǐ shì nǎ'r rén?
where are you from?
nǐ shì nǎ guó rén?
which country are you from?
yīng-guó
the UK
yīng-yǔ
English (language)
nǐ huì shuō yīng-yǔ ma?
can you speak English?
wǒ shì yīng-guó rén
I'm British
nǐ jiào shén-me míng-zi?
what's your name?
rèn-shi
to know (someone); to recognise
nǐ-men rèn-shi ma?
do you know each other?
wǒ-men gāng rèn-shi
we just met
nǐ-men zěn-me rèn-shi de?
how did you meet?
cháng
long
shuō lái huà cháng
long story
zǒng zhī ba!
anyway!
wǒ-men liáo diǎn‘r bié-de ba
let's talk about something else
zuò
to sit
wǒ ké-yǐ zuò zhè'r ma?
can I sit here?