FSI Mandarin

Orientation, unit 1

Target list

你是谁?我是王大年*。我是胡美玲。Who are you? I'm Wáng Dànián (Daniel King). I'm Hú Měilíng.
Nǐ shì shéi? Wǒ shì Wáng Dànián. Wǒ shì Hú Měilíng.
您姓什么?我姓王. 我姓胡。What is your surname? My surname is Wáng (King). My surname is Hú.
Nín xìng shénme? Wǒ xìng Wáng. Wǒ xìng Hú.
他是谁?他是马明理。他是马先生。Who is he? He is Mǎ Mínglǐ. He is Mr. Mǎ.
Tā shì shéi? Tā shì Mǎ Mínglǐ . Tā shì Mǎ Xiānsheng.
她是马太太。她是马小姐。她(他)是马同志。She is Mrs. Mǎ. She is Miss Mǎ. He (she) is comrade Mǎ.
Tā shì Mǎ Tàitai. Tā shì Mǎ Xiǎojiě. Tā shì Mǎ Tóngzhì.
王先生,他是谁?他是马明理先生。Mr. Wang, who is he? He is Mr. Mǎ Mínglǐ.
Wáng Xiānshēng, tā shì shéi? Tā shì Mǎ Mínglǐ Xiānshēng.
先生,她是谁?她是马明理太太。Sir, who is she? She is Mrs. Mǎ Mínglǐ.
Xiānshēng, tā shì shéi? Tā shì Mǎ Mínglǐ Tàitai.
同志,她是谁?她是方宝兰同志。Comrade, who is she? She is Comrade Fāng Bǎolán.
Tóngzhì, tā shì shéi? Tā shì Fāng Bǎolán Tóngzhì.

* The normal spelling of the name Daniel is 丹尼尔 (Dānníěr). However in this case the person has chosen to use a Chinese name 大年 (Dànián)

Vocabulary

你【nǐ】 you (second person singular); you (second person plural); one; anyone.
【shuí or shéi】 who; someone; anyone.
什么【shénme】 what.
【shì】 <gram.> is, am, are, were, be, been, being; correct; right; yes; <formal> this; that; praise; justify.
【tā】 he.
【tā】 she.
太太【tàitài】 Mrs.; madam; the mistress if a household; lady.
同志【tóngzhì】 comrade.
【wǒ】 I; we; self.
先生【xiānsheng】 teacher; mister (Mr.); gentleman; sir; <dialect> doctor.
小姐【xiǎojiě】 miss; young lady; <informal> prostitute.
【xìng】 surname; family name.