IC1 Lesson 1 Dialogue 2: Asking about Someone’s Nationality

By Ling-Ling Lisa Shih
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IC1  Lesson 1 Dialogue II: Asking about Someone’s Nationality



Click on the word to hear the sound and its stroke animation, and examples of word combinations and sentences

ID Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
ID Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
1 shì is; are; am; yes; to be
2 老师 老師 lǎo shī teacher; Classifiers:
3 see 吗啡 , morphine
4 (negative prefix); not; no
5 学生 學生 xué sheng student; schoolchild
6 too; (in Classical Chinese) final particle implying affirmation
7 rén man; person; people; Classifiers:
8 中国 中國 zhōng guó China
9 北京 běi jīng Beijing, capital of People’s Republic of China; Peking; PRC government
10 美国 美國 měi guó United States; USA; US
11 纽约 紐約 niǔ yuē New York

List of Characters

(Click on the words to see their stroke animation).

No. Chinese Pinyin Definition
1       shì is,are,am,yes,to be
2 lǎo old,aged
3 shī teacher,master,expert,specialist
4 ma final interrogative particle
5 no,not,un-,negative prefix
6 xué learn,study
7 shēng to be born,to give birth,life,to grow,living,lifetime,birth
8 also,too
9 rén man,person,people,mankind
10 zhōng/zhòng central,center,middle,in the midst of, China,Chinese
11 guó country,nation,state,national
12 běi north,northern,northward
13 jīng capital,Beijing (abbr.)
14 měi pretty,beautiful,pleasing,America
15 niǔ knot,button,handle,knob,tie, to turn, to wrench
16 yuē treaty,agreement,covenant,about,around,a date,estimated


No. Chinese Pinyin Definition
1 wáng xiān shēng nǐ shì lǎo shī ma Mr. Wang, are you a teacher?
2 wǒ bù shì lǎo shī I am not a teacher.
3 wǒ shì xué shēng nǐ ne I am a student, and you?
4 wǒ yě shì xué shēng I am also a student.
5 nǐ shì zhōng guó rén ma Are you a Chinese?
6 shì wǒ shì běi jīng rén Yes. I am from Beijing.
7 nǐ shì měi guó rén ma Are you an American?
8 shì wǒ shì niǔ yuē rén Yes, I am from New York.

Quizlet for IC1 L1D2 (1)

Quizlet for IC1 L1D2 (2)