Study Guides

Lesson 1-2 Study Guide
Asking about Someone's Nationality

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  • Exchange basic greetings.
  • Create personal inquiries using 什么 and varying levels of politeness.
  • Compose reciprocal questions with 呢.
  • Formulate salutations using titles.
  • Generate statements of fact using 是.
  • Construct inquiries using statements and 吗.
  • Memorize new vocabulary and correctly write the characters introduced in this lesson.
  • Describe the naming scheme used by Chinese and contrast that with naming customs in the United States.
  • Learn the pinyin and correct stroke order for the 15 characters introduced in lesson 1-2.
  • Learn the new vocabulary introduced in lesson 1-2. You can practice with the online Table Building Activity.
New Vocabulary
 Chinese Pinyin English
 shì to be 
老师 lǎoshī teacher 
 ma (question particle) 
  not; no 
学生 xuésheng student 
  too; also 
 rén people; person 
中国 zhōngguó China 
北京 běijīng Beijing 
美国 měiguó America 
纽约 niǔyuē New York