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Beginner's Basic Chinese Conversation Practice Video

Unit 1 Review ▸ In this unit review we will put our Chinese language skills into practical use. We have designed 3 separate beginner's basic Chinese conversation practice video. By practice listening and speaking with the video, you will become fluent at introducing yourself and counting Chinese numbers. Don't hesitate to practice more than one time, and you can even record yourself and compare it with the video for greater improvement.


PART 1. Exchanging Names in Chinese

 INTERPERSONAL

Two people meeting for the first time are asking each other’s name. Listen to this basic Chinese conversation practice video and repeat the dialogue. Be able to fully understand what they are talking about and answer the following questions:

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Listen to the dialogue
  • Repeat after the dialogue
  • Answer the given questions
  • Copy the transcript both by typing and handwriting
  • Practice daily until fluent

QUESTIONS

  1. What’s the person’s name?
  2. What country is this person from?
  3. How old is he?

TRANSCRIPT

 
A: Nǐhǎo!

B: Nǐhǎo!

A: Nǐ xìng shénme?

B: Wǒ xìng Lǐ。

A: Nǐ jiào shénme?

B: Wǒ jiào Lǐ Hǎo。Wǒ shì Zhōngguórén。

A: Nǐ duō dà?

B: Wǒ 'èrshíyī suì。

 
A:你好!

B:你好!

A:你姓什么?

B:我姓李。

A:你叫什么?

B:我叫李好。我是中国人。

A:你多大?

B:我二十一岁。

 
A:Hi!

B:Hello!

A:What's your last name?

B:My last name is Li.

A:What's your name?

B:My name is Li Hao. I'm Chinese.

A:How old are you?

B:I'm 21 years old.


PART 2. Self-introduction in Chinese

 INTERPERSONAL 

You meet someone new and are going to start a basic Chinese conversation with them by introducing your name as well as your nationality and age in Chinese.

TRANSCRIPT

 

Nǐhāo!

Wǒ jiào____, wǒ xìng ____。

Wǒ shì ____rén。

Wǒ ____ suì。

 
你好!

我叫____,我姓____。

我是____人。

我____岁。

 
Hello!

My first name is ____; my last name is ____.

I am (from) ____.

I am ____-year-old.


PART 3. Numbers and Counting

 INTERPRETIVE 

Numbers are a crucial part of Chinese language skills. It is essential for basic Chinese conversation as well as advanced language usage. Practice with the video, be able to count 1 to 10 in Chinese and read numbers fluently.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Watch the video
  • Repeat after the video
  • Practice daily until fluent
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jeremygliksman
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jeremygliksman

Why are you using the number 0 in your lessons if we havent learned this yet?

Joao Fonseca
Premium Student
Joao Fonseca

I was what the other term for the number 2 is, as I was taught there was another way of saying it and you ad to use it in certain circumstances. Thank you!

mareign
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mareign

i think it liang

Ioannis
Premium Student
Ioannis

This is really helpful thank you !

muzza
Premium Student
muzza

I have just joined up after working through the first five beginner lessons. I can speak Cantonese Chinese to an intermediate level but without ever learning the Chinese characters. I really like the structure of this course. The videos are very well explained and interesting ; and I like the second video of each lesson covering how to recognize and write the characters.

So far, I’ve found a number of similarities between Mandarin and Cantonese vocabulary and grammar . The only trouble I’m having is that when I pronounce the character without the pinyin, my old brain throws up the Cantonese word:
eg ngoh 5 (Yale romanization) for” I ” instead of wo 3; yat1 for “one” instead of yi1; yih for” two” instead of er2 etc.

Anyway, I trust that as the lessons progress my brain will adapt to Mandarin mode. Thanks for the lessons Li Li and team, I am enjoying them very much.

hi10n
Premium Student
hi10n

你好
One thing 我 tried was to switch off the audio when 你 show characters only and then 我 try to read it aloud myself. 我 think it helps to recall the characters. For e.g. in the Part 一 video from 二:五五 – 三:二五 我 switched off the audio and read it aloud myself. Same for Part二 from 0:二七 – 0:四八, 二:二二 – 二:四0 and others.

WoAiSebastian
Student
WoAiSebastian

This way of learning Chinese is very immersive and it works. Naturally you must still put the work in and further research into these characters after but the video provides a good platform to start from. The explanations are very comprehensible and nothing is missed out. I love the way they go over the radicals and I now understand “dutizi” (single characters). It makes you learn more than you realise. Of course up to this point there was no mention of the number character “Zero” (ling) but it’s still all good because one can research it. This is good for someone that has already started learning Chinese also and want to consolidate their learning before moving on as I. Thank you.

christianavjs
Graduated Student
christianavjs

Hi Lili! I love this format for learning very easy and useful! I’m picking up the information very fast! Thank you and your team!

Moritz
Graduated Student
Moritz

I’m enjoying this excellent course/material a lot. Thank you so much, Lili – and your team!

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