Mandarin for English Speakers: Basics 1, Lesson 2
Dì yī dānyuán, dì èr kè
Welcome to our second lesson of Mandarin Chinese, using simplified characters. Yesterday, we learnt about the four tones. Today, we will be learning our basic pronouns. These are the words for you, me, he and she.
Vocabulary this lesson:
我 = Wǒ = I
你 = Nǐ = You
她 = Tā = She
他 = Tā = He
女 ＝ Nǚ ＝ Female
人＝Rén = Person
Current word count: 16
You may have noticed that the pronunciation of 她 and 他 are exactly the same. This is correct. In speech, it is hard to tell whether it is a he or a she being referred to. In written, the difference is obvious, with a female character present in 她 （the female character being 女）and a standing person character present in 他（the standing person character being 人）You may notice that the standing person character in 他 is different to 人. This is normal, and the standing person character used in 他 is what is most commonly used when written in a single character.
Homework: Take the Basics 1 L2 level on the Memrise course. Have this complete by next lesson, which is coming tomorrow. Here is a link to the Memrise course: http://www.memrise.com/course/897517/ch-en-duolingo-course/
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