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Lesson 6 学校在哪里? Where is the school?

书店 shūdin Bookstore / 酒吧 jiǔbā Bar /哪里 nǎli Where / 手机 shǒujī Cell Phone /
哪里? nǎli? "Where?" is the first question word we will look at. Unlike in English, in Mandarin Chinese question words are usually placed at the end of the sentence.

zh "live" usually collocates with 在 zi "is/at".

Example sentences:

书店 在 哪里? Where is the bookstore?
Shūdin zi nǎli?
Book-shop being which-inside?

酒吧 在 哪里? Where is the bar?
Jiǔbā zi nǎli?
Alcohol-bar being which-inside?

学校 在 哪里? Where is the school?
Xuxio zi nǎli?
Study-school being which-inside?

她 是 哪里的 人? Where is she from?
Tā sh nǎlide rn?
She is which-inside-of person?

你 的 朋友 住 哪里? Where does your friend live?
Nǐ de pngyou zh nǎli?
You of friend lives which-inside?

老师 去 哪里? Where is the teacher going?
Lǎoshī q nǎli?
Old-master go which-inside?

手机 在 哪里? Where is the cell phone?
Shǒujī zi nǎli?
Hand-machine being which-inside?

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Dialogue:

A 你父母住在哪里?
   Nĭ fmǔ zhzi nǎli?
   Where do your parents live?

B 我父母住在沈阳。
   Wŏ fmǔ zhzi Shěnyng.
   My parents live in Shenyang.

A 他们喜欢沈阳吗?
   Tāmen xǐhuɑn Shěnyng ma?
   Do they like Shenyang?

B 不太喜欢。
   B ti xǐhuɑn.
   Not that much.

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