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Lesson 8 我普通话说得不好。I don't speak Mandarin well.

普通话Pǔtōnghu Standard Mandarin / 说 shuō Speak / 韓语 Hnyǔ Korean Language / 日本语 Rběnyǔ Japanese /

普通话 Pǔtōnghu is the common name for the group of dialects found in northern China that is the official language of China.

While the Chinese insist that everyone in China speaks variants of "Chinese", the native dialects of much of southern China can be considered distinct languages in their own right.

de is a particle added to the end of verbs so that you can modify them. So to turn "He speaks" 他说 tā shuō into "He speaks well" you just have to add the character for "good",  hǎo and add the particle 得 de to the end of the verb "to speak", 说 shuō. The final product is 他说得好 tā shuōde hǎo.

Example sentences:

你 普通话 说得 很 好。 You speak Mandarin really well.
Nǐ Pǔtōnghu shuōde hěn hǎo.
You common-dialect speak very well.

我 的 朋友 普通话 说 得 很 好。 My friend speaks Mandarin really well.
Wǒ de pngyou Pǔtōnghu shuōde hěn hǎo.
I of friend common-dialect speak very well.

我 普通话 说得 不 好。 I don't speak Mandarin well.
Wǒ Pǔtōnghu shuōde b hǎo.
I common-dialect speak not well.

你 英语 说得 很 好。 You speak English really well.
Nǐ Yīngyǔ shuōde hěn hǎo.
You English-language speak very well

陈 先生 韓语 说得 很 好。 Mr. Chen speaks Korean very well.
Chn xiānsheng Hnyǔ shuōde hěn hǎo.
Chen first-born Han-language speak very well.

王 小姐 英语 说得 很 好。 Ms. Wang speaks English very well
Wng xiǎojiě Yīngyǔ shuōde hěn hǎo.
Wang little-big-sister English speak very well.

我 的 经理 日语 说得 很 好。 My manager speaks Japanese very well.
Wǒ de jīnglǐ Ryǔ shuōde hěn hǎo.
I-of classic-logic Japanese language speak very well.

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Dialogue

A 陈先生英语说得很好。
   Chn xiānsheng Yīngyŭ shuōde hĕn hăo.
   Mr. Chen speaks English really well.

B 是, 他在加拿大住过三年。
   Sh, tā zi Jiānd zhgu sān nin.
   Yes, he lived in Canada for three years.

A 我英语说得不太好。
   Wŏ Yīngyŭ shuō de b ti hăo.
   I dont speak English very well.

B 我也说得不太好。
   Wŏ yĕ shuō de b ti hăo.
   I also dont speak it very well.

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