Thursday, April 21, 2011

Some basic Chinese sentences

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?”


  1. I was going to say-- since when did you turn 40?

  2. This is really useful! Wow! Thanks!

    1. Glad you found it useful. Let me know if you want me to write about anything else.