I have already talked about different ways of saying Hello in Chinese language. Now let’s go a step further and learn some basic Chinese sentences. Here are some of the first questions you will learn in any language:
你叫什么名字？(Nǐ jiào shénme míngzì?): What is your name?
你多大？(Nǐ duōdà?): How old are you?
你是哪国人？(Nǐ shì nǎ guórén?): Which country are you from?
And this is how you respond
我叫马思文 (Wǒ jiào Mǎ Sī Wén): My name is Ma Si Wen
我四十岁 (Wǒ sì shí suì): I am forty years old
A little tongue twister for you, I am not really forty years old.
我是巴西人 (Wǒ shì bāxī rén): I am Brazilian
And just trying to be cool here, not from Brazil either.
Textbook learning however doesn't always help. Once a stranger in China asked me where I was from:
你是从哪里来的？(Nǐ shì cóng nǎlǐ lái de?): Where are you from?
I had no clue what she was talking about because I only understood “Nǐ shì nǎ guórén?”