Thursday, June 22, 2006


Ok here is a transcript of what is in the first lesson of the jMemorize flash card file available HERE


Hello = ni3 hao3
Friend = peng2 you3
Friends = peng2 you3 men
Hello friends. = peng2 you3 men hao3
You = ni3
Good = hao3
Me/I = wo3
How are you? = ni3 hao3 ma
What's your name? = ni3 jiao4 shen2 me ming2 zi
My name is Li Min. = wo3 jiao4 li3 min3
Teacher = lao3 shi1
Hello teacher. = lao3 shi1 hao3
Child = xiao3 hai2 zi
Children = xiao3 hai2 zi men
Hello children. = xiao3 hai2 zi men hao3
Goodbye = zai4 jian4
Goodbye children. = xiao3 hai2 zi men zai4 jian4
Goodbye teacher. = lao3 shi1 zai4 jian4

In the actual flash card file I have included each phrase from both an English to Chinese and a Chinese to English translation. I have found that it is sometimes easy to recognise a Chinese word when you see it, but when it comes to remembering the same word when you need to say something in a conversation it can be much harder.


Blogger Chris said...

Not so sure about the xiao3hai2zi for child, though it is probably another minor variation an the theme.

The three common ones I have come across are

I was told xiao3hai2 and hai2zi are mostly interchangeable but hai2zi may be more common when talking about large groups of children? Xiao3peng2you3 (little friend) being a bit more cutesy/friendly/affectionate.

7:41 PM  
Blogger John said...

Yep, it's another variation.

I've been told that they are all about as common as each other.

11:17 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Good new is all these variations are kind of interchangable and guessable.

Not like some of the variations I run across :(

11:47 PM  
Blogger Seal&Vito said...

tell u more:

yao3 wa3 bite me

tzan4 great

hao3 trhi 1 delicious

ren2 lei4 human

shia4 shüe3 le its snowing

when you pick up the phone you say: ouais (read this in French, believe me)

im not sure which phonic system u using. i present these with my own opinion. enjoy

3:16 PM  
Blogger John said...

I am using the PinYin phonetic system. So your examples should be.

yao3 wo3 - bite me

zan4 - great

hao3 chi1 - delicious

ren2 lei4 - human

xia4 xue3 le - its snowing

Hello on the telephone is wei3.

7:07 PM  

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