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Lesson 1: Self Introduction
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Learn how to make a self introduction. We also learn the first Pinyin, four tones, some words and expressions in Mandarin Chinese. You can start learning Mandarin Chinese from this lesson.

Daily Conversation

Today, we are going to learn how to make a self introduction. Before that, we learn a short greeting. Usually before we introduce our self, we say "hello".

Hello! or Hi!

In Chinese, 你好! (nǐ hǎo)

AihuaHello
hǎo
Amy
hǎo

Next, we learn how to make a self introduction.

AihuaI'm Aihua. In Chinese,
shìàihuá
What’s your name?
AmyI'm Amy.
AihuaIn Chinese, you say
shìài
Amy
shìài
AihuaI'm 30 years old. In Chinese,
sānshísuìle
How old are you, Amy?
AmyI'm 5 years old.
AihuaIn Chinese, you say
suìle
Amy
suìle

Study Note

Pinyin Tone Marks

Mandarin Chinese is a tonal language, so it is extremely important to pronounce Chinese characters and words with correct tone. In transliterated Chinese, tone markings are written over the central vowels in most syllables. Some syllables have no specific tone, and then no sign is put above any vowel, or called neutral tone. There are four tones and a neutral tone in Mandarin Chinese.

  • The 1st tone, flat tone is marked with a line over a vowel such as
  • a + - = ā
  • The 2nd tone, rising tone is marked with a rising line over a vowel such as
  • a + ´ = á
  • The 3rd tone, falling-rising tone is marked with a hook over a vowel such as
  • a + v = ă
  • The 4th tone, falling tone is marked with a falling line over a vowel such as
  • a + ` = à
  • For neutral tone also called toneless tone (called "light sound" in Chinese), no marking is put above any vowel. For example,
  • a + " " = a

Using Numbers to Indicate the Tones

In addition to use tone marks, Pinyin uses numbers to indicate the tones. The followings are the example of 'a' with tone marks. To listen to the audio, please click the triangle of the icon.

  • First tone: a1 or ā
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  • Second tone: a2 or á
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  • Third tone: a3 or ǎ
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  • Fourth tone: a4 or à
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Pronunciation Guide For Tones

The following table describes 4 tones and the neutral tone marking the sound "a".

Tone Pinyin Description
1st ā flat tone
2nd á rising tone
3rd ǎ falling-rising tone
4th à falling tone
Neutral a no tone

Each tone has a distinctive pitch contour which can be graphed as bellow.

To learn more about Pinyin tones, please visit Learn Chinese Pinyin in 21 Days Day 1: Tones.

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Lesson 2: Family Introduction
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Learn how to introduce your family. We also learn the second Pinyin, four tones, some words and expressions in Mandarin Chinese.

Daily Conversation

Review of the Previous Lesson

Let's review what we learned in Lesson 1. We learned Self Introduction.

AihuaI'm Aihua.
I'm 30 years old.
shìàihuá
sānshísuìle

Could you introduce yourself in Chinese?

Amy
shìài
suìle

Today, we learn how to introduce your family.

This is my mom.

In Chinese, 这是我的妈妈。 (zhè shì wǒ de mā ma)

This is my dad.

In Chinese, 这是我的爸爸。 (zhè shì wǒ de bà ba)

AihuaThis is my mom.
zhèshìdema
Amy
zhèshìdema
AihuaThis is my dad.
zhèshìdeba
Amy
zhèshìdeba

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Lesson 3: Greeting (I)
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Learn how to greet people you meet for the first time and how to greet people in the morning. We also learn the third Pinyin, four tones, some words and expressions in Mandarin Chinese.

Daily Conversation

Review of the Previous Lesson

Let’s review what we learned in Lesson 2. We learned Family Introduction.

AihuaThis is my mom.
This is my dad.

Do you remember how to say it in Chinese?

Amy
zhèshìdema
zhèshìdeba
AihuaThis is my mom.
zhèshìdema
Amy
zhèshìdema
AihuaThis is my dad.
zhèshìdeba
Amy
zhèshìdeba

Today, we learn some Greetings. In Lesson 1, we have learned "Hello!" or "Hi!" in Chinese.

Do you remember how to say "Hello" in Chinese?

Amy
hǎo

Today, we learn how to say "Hello, everybody!" in Chinese.

大家好! (dà jiā hǎo)

AihuaHello everybody!
jiāhǎo
Amy
jiāhǎo

In the morning, when you meet somebody, you say "Good morning!"

早上好! (zǎo shàng hǎo)

AihuaGood morning!
zǎoshànghǎo
Amy
zǎoshànghǎo

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Review 1: Review of Lesson 1 ~ 4
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Review the first four lessons covering greeting people and introducing yourself, your family to the people you meet for the first time. We also go over how to greet your friends in the morning and in the afternoon in Mandarin Chinese.

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Review 2: Review of Lesson 5 ~ 7
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Review Lesson 5, Lesson 6 and Lesson 7, covering morning routine after your woke up, also practice a simple conversation using what you learned in previous lessons. In addition, review all the finals (Pinyin) learned from Lesson 1 to Lesson 6, and learn some new words in Mandarin Chinese.

We have had three Chinese lessons talking about "morning routine". Today, we are going to review the three lessons.

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Review 3: Review of Lesson 8 ~ 15
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Review Lesson 8 to Lesson 15, covering how to say having breakfast, having lunch, having dinner and having snack. In addition, review all the Pinyin including initials and finals learned from Lesson 1 to Lesson 15, and learn some new words and phrases using in dialog practice we are going to have in Mandarin Chinese.

Today, we are going to review what we learned from Lesson 8 ~ Lesson 15. In the eight lessons, we were talking about eating.

Tone Drill

Listen to the audio first, and then repeat.

  • bā bá bǎ bà
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  • pā pá pǎ pà
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  • mā má mǎ mà
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  • fā fá fǎ fà
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  • dā dá dǎ dà
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  • tā tá tǎ tà
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  • nā ná nǎ nà
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  • lā lá lǎ là
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Lesson 16: Going to School (I)
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Learn how to say "to go to school, get on the car, etc". Also continue learning Pinyin, and learn some words and phrases related to "going to school" in Mandarin Chinese.

If you are interested in learning Chinese, please take a look at the Free Chinese Lessons that are practical and fun.