We are sure you’ll have lots of question about many things in China; the weather, the correct way to go, where the shops are and so on. But just how do you ask someone a question in the right format? Well, simply listen on…

In this Podcast, you will learn:

1) How to say different personal pronouns in Chinese

2) How to ask simple question and answer them

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

1) 我:I or me

2) 你:You

3) 他:He or him

4) 她:She or her

5) 它:It

6) 他们:They or Them

Grammar note: In Chinese, the subject and object personal pronouns are the same form.

Eg. 我是老师:I am a teacher

看着我:Look at me

7) 他是老师吗?Is he a teacher?

8) 对,他是老师 or 是,他是老师。Yes, he is a teacher

9) 他不是老师:He is not a teacher

10) 她是工程师吗?Is she an engineer?

11) 她不是工程师,她是医生。She is not an engineer. She is a doctor

12) 你来自中国:You are from China

13) 你来自中国吗?Are you from China?

Grammar notes:

1) 吗 is a very common question particle at the end of sentences. It’s used to form a question in Chinese. It usually turns statements into a “yes or no” question.

Eg. 你是主持人:You are a host. 你是主持人吗?Are you a host?

2) To answer the yes or no question, it follows

是(对),他是主持人。Yes, he is a host

不,他不是主持人。No, he is not a host

Yes! I’d like to learn Mandarin Chinese more effectively

Narrated by Song Liu

Our Podcast narrator, is a native Chinese speaker and is originally from Beijing, China and is keen to help you get ahead with learning. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Song also hosted a Mandarin live call-in news and music radio show in the Bay Area.

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