We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Newbie #12: Is & Are", a new Newbie level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor! 

Lesson Script

Announcer:

Is & Are

A:

This
Zhe4


B:

Is
Shi4


A:

What is this?
Zhe4 shi4 shen2me?
这是什么?

B:

This is salad.
Zhe4 shi4 sha1la1.
这是沙拉。

A:

Is this salad?
Zhe4 shi4 sha1la1 ma?
这是沙拉吗?

B:

Is not - this is beef.
Bu2 shi4, zhe4 shi4 niu2rou4.
不是, 这是牛肉。

A:

This is not potato?
Zhe4 bu2 shi4 tu3dou4 ma?
这不是土豆吗?

B:

Is not.
Bu2 shi4.
不是。

A:

This is China?
Zhe4 shi4 Zhong1guo2 ma?
这是中国吗?

B:

Yes, this is China.
Shi4 de, zhe4 shi4 Zhong1guo2.
是的,这是中国。

A:

Person
Ren2


B:

Country
Guo2


A:

Outside
Wai4


B:

Foreign country
Wai4guo2
外国

A:

You are Chinese?
Ni3 shi4 Zhong1guo2ren2 ma?
你是中国人吗?

B:

Yes, I am Chinese.
Shi4 de, wo3 shi4 Zhong1guo2ren2.
是的,我是中国人。

A:

We are Chinese?
Wo3men shi4 Zhong1guo2ren2 ma?
我们是中国人吗?

B:

You are not Chinese.
Ni3 bu2 shi4 Zhong1guo2ren2.
你不是中国人。

You are foreigner!
Ni3 shi4 wai4guo2ren2!
你是外国人!

A:

This is Chinese dish?
Zhe4 shi4 Zhong1guo2 cai4 ma?
这是中国菜吗?

B:

Is not. This is foreign country food.
Bu2 shi4. Zhe4 shi4 wai4guo2 cai4.
不是。 这是外国菜。


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