Beginner Conversational Chinese in Singapore
Nǐ hǎo. In this lesson we are going to learn some new words. The first one is 'to like'. The second one is 'to eat' and the third one is 'food/cuisine'. Here's how you say 'to like', xǐ huān, xǐ huān. For xǐ, it's spelling is xi, third tone. If you have a hard time pronouncing the sound you can say s-h-e, sheeee at third tone ok? Sheeee.
Now say xǐ huān, xǐ huān. Now say I like you. Wǒ xǐ huān nǐ. Wǒ xǐ huān nǐ. Now say You like me. Nǐ xǐ huān wǒ. Now ask Do you like me? It's easy, you simply say You like me ma? Nǐ xǐ huān wǒ ma? In our first lesson we have briefly mentioned how to say love. That's ài, ài. It sounds just like your left eye and your right eye. Now say I love you, wǒ ài nǐ. Now say You love me. Nǐ ài wǒ. Now ask Do you love me? Which literally should be You love me ma? Nǐ ài wǒ ma. Awesome. Now let's learn how to say 'to eat'. It's chī, chī. The spelling for this sound c-h-i, but it almost sounds like there is a r after chi, it's a rolled tongue sound. Like chir in chirp. Think this way, birds like to chirp when they eat. Well I know this might be a stretch but it helps right? Now say to eat, chī,chī. Here's how you say chinese food or chinese cuisine. Zhōng guó cài, zhōng guó cài. Cài means cuisine or dish. The spelling for this word is c-a-i, fourth tone. Whenever you see the english letter C in pinyin.
You can automatically replace it with ts, so cai sounds like tsai. Now say Chinese food, zhōng guó cài, zhōng guó cài. Say American food, literally America dish. Měi guó cài. Měi guó cài. Now say Italian food, literally Italy dish.Yì dà lì cài. Yì dà lì cài. They are all fourth tones. Yì dà lì cài. Now let's put xǐ huān and chī together and say I like to eat, wǒ xǐ huān chī. Say chinese food, zhōng guó cài. Now let's put them all together and say I like to eat chinese food. wǒ xǐ huān chī zhōng guó cài. wǒ xǐ huān chī zhōng guó cài. Great, now say You like to eat chinese food. Nǐ xǐ huān chī zhōng guó cài. Now ask, do you like to eat chinese food? Easy, nǐ xǐ huān chī zhōng guó cài ma. how do you say I like to eat Italian food. wǒ xǐ huān chī yì dà lì cài. How do you say You like to eat Italian food. Nǐ xǐ huān chī yì dà lì cài. Now ask do you like to eat Italian food? Nǐ xǐ huān chī yì dà lì cài ma? Awesome, in our next lesson we are going to learn how to yes and no in chinese. Great job, zài jiàn.
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