With such extensive migration within China, more than likely you’ll meet people from all over the country or very likely other foreigners. If you want to know where someone comes from or asks about your origins, be sure you can ask or answer appropriately.
In this Podcast, you will learn:
(i) To ask where a friend or relative comes from
(ii) How to talk to others about your origins
(在街上） (zài jiē shàng) (on the street)
Nǐ nǎi nai shì nǎ lǐ rén?
Where does your grandmother come from?
Tā shì sì chuān rén.
She is from Sichuan.
Tā shì sì chuān nǎ lǐ de?
Where in Sichuan is she from?
Tā shì sì chuān yí bīn de.
She is from Yibin Sichuan.
Nǐ lái zì nǎ gè guó jiā?
Which country are you from?
Wǒ lái zì dé guó. I am from Germany.
Nǐ lái zì Dé Guó nǎ gè chéng shì?
Which city in Germany are you from?
Wǒ lái zì Dé Guó Mù Ní Hēi.
I am from Munich.
Tā shì Guǎng Dōng rén me?
Is he Cantonese?
Bù shì, tā shì Xiāng Gǎng rén.
No, he is not.
He is from Hong Kong.
A: 你好，我是马克。 我是美国人。你是中国人么？
Nǐ hǎo, wǒ shì Mǎ Kè. Wǒ shì Měi Guó rén. Nǐ shì Zhōng Guó rén me?
Hello, I am Mark. I am American. Are you Chinese?
Nǐ hǎo, wǒ bù shì Zhōng Guó rén, wǒ shì Xīn Jiā Pō rén. Wǒ jiào Sūn Lì.
Hello, I am not Chinese, I am Singaporean. My name is Sun Li.
Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:
在街上：on the street
哪里人：where do you come from/where are you from?
香港人：Hong Kong person
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