- Learn the pinyin and correct stroke order for the 15 characters introduced in lesson 10 using your writing workbook, Cyberchinese-Online, or right here on this page. Click the Chinese characters listed at the top of the page.
- Learn the new vocabulary introduced in lesson 10. You can practice with the online Table Building Activity.
- Be able to confidently ask addresses and telephone numbers.
- Fluently use the following words, and ask and answer the questions in Mandarin:
- at, sit, where, dormitory, to live (stay), how many, number, floor, numbers 0-10, telephone
- Is ... home?
- What's your address?
- What's your room number?
- What's your telephone number?
|在||zài||to be at|
|層||céng||a measure word for layers|
- More on Numbers and Counting
- Chinese numbers 1-100 from chinese-word.com.
- This Wikipedia article shows how to count to 10 using one hand with Chinese number gestures, or watch this YouTube video. This YouTube video is also good...or this one.
- Beijing Made Easy discussing lucky numbers.
- China's Minority Languages: Most of the people in China are Han Chinese. These people speak one of the eight major dialects of Chinese, but around 8% of the population is made up of over 50 ethnic minorities. Many of these people speak their own languages. Read more about China's minority languages below:
- United Press International columnist Randi Pei asks Can China's minority languages be saved?
- Reuters reports that China's minority languages face threat of extinction.
- The Verb 在:
The verb 在 [zài] is used to indicate the location or presence of an object. An equivalent English meaning would be something along the lines of "at" or "here".他在嗎？ : Is he in?
我們在宿舍。 : We are at the dormitory.
老師不在。 : The teacher isn't here.
我的漢語書在哪兒？ : The teacher isn't here.
- The Verb 住:The verb 住 [zhù] means to live, stay or reside. Often it is accompanied by 在, 住在 [zhùzài] without change in meaning.[Subject] + 住 + Object你住哪兒？ [Nǐ zhù nǎr?]她朋友住在學生宿舍。 [Tā de péngyou zhùzài xuésheng sùshè.]老師的爸爸住在中國。 [Tā de péngyou zhùzài xuésheng sùshè.]
To make the locative here, there and where we add a suffix to the Chinese this 這, that 那, and which 哪. In this lesson we add the suffix 兒 [-r]. Other possible suffixes like 裡 [lǐ], or 邊 [biān] yield the same meaning. We will learn those later.
It is interesting to note that the character 兒, in this case, merges with the preceding character to form one syllable.
這 + 兒 = 這兒 [zhèr] here
那 + 兒 = 那兒 [nàr] there
哪 + 兒 = 哪兒 [nǎr] where
- Counting Numbers:
This lesson introduces the numerals 0-5. In a telephone number, address, identification, and other documents numbers are read as single digits. The telephone number (562) 985-1082 is read wǔ - liù - èr - jiǔ - bā - wǔ - yī - líng - bā - èr.零 [líng] zero
一 [yī] one
二 [èr] two
三 [sān] three
四 [sì] four
五 [wǔ] five
六 [liù] six
七 [qī] seven
八 [bā] eight
九 [jiǔ] nine
十 [shí] ten
- The Interrogative 多少:
- The Question Word 多少:
We use 多少 [duōshao] when asking how much, or how many. For now we will use this only when asking street or room numbers 多少號 [duōshao hào] - what number.她住多少號？ [Tā zhù duōshao hào?] What is her room number?你們漢語老師在多少號？ [Nǐmen lǎoshī zài duōshao hào?] Which room number is your teacher in?那兒是多少號？ [Nàr shì duōshao hào?] What room number is that?
- Asking Telephone Numbers:
Use the following question format to ask telephone numbers, 電話號 [diǎnhuà hào]:你的電話號是多少？ [Nǐ de diǎnhuà hào shì duōshao?]OR你的電話號是什麼？ [Nǐ de diǎnhuà hào shì shénme?]
- The Question Word 多少: