Lesson 3 我认识王小姐。I know Ms. Wang.
经理 jīnglǐ Manager / 是 rènshi to Know (recognize) / 小姐 xiǎojiě Ms. /
先生 xiānshēng Mr.
认识 rènshi means to be acquainted with or familiar with something or someone. It can also mean to recognize or able to read (Chinese written characters, for instance).Example sentences: 你 认识 他 的 老师 吗？ Do you know his teacher?
A common title for men is 先生 xiānsheng, the character 先 xiān means "first" and the second character 生 shēng is a recurring component of many Mandarin Chinese words and can mean anything from "life" to "fresh". In this case, it means "born", so that 先生 xiānsheng literally means "first born (son)", a position of respect in traditional Chinese culture.
先生 xiānsheng is the equivalent of the English title "Mr."; although unlike in English, the title comes after the family name.
Nǐ rènshi tā de lǎoshī ma?
You recognize-know he-of old-master question? 我 认识 他。 I know him.
Wǒ rènshi tā.
I recognize-know him. 我 认识 王 小姐。I know Ms. Wang.
Wǒ rènshi Wáng xiǎojiě.
I recognize-know Wang small-older-sister. 她 认识 这个 经理。She knows the manager.
Tā rènshi zhègè jīnglǐ.
She recognize-knows classic-logic. 他 不 认识 陈 先生。He doesn't know Mr. Chen.
Tā bú rènshi Chén xiānsheng.
He not recognize-know Chen first-born. 你 认识 我 姐姐 吗？ Do you know my older sister?
Nǐ rènshi wǒ jiějie ma?
You recognize-know I-of older sister question? 你 认识 杨 先生 吗？ Do you know Mr. Yang?
Nǐ rènshi Yáng xiānsheng ma?
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DIALOGUE A 你认识王小姐吗?
Nĭ rènshi Wáng xiăojiĕ ma?
Do you know Ms. Wang? B 认识, 她是我的经理。
Rènshi, tā shì wŏ de jīnglĭ
I know her, she is my manager. A 你喜欢她吗?
Nĭ xǐhuan tā ma?
Do you like her? B 喜欢, 我很喜欢王经理。
Xǐhuan, wŏ hĕn xǐhuan Wáng jīnglĭ.
Yes, I really like Manager Wang. >> Download this as a PDF (right click to save) Sound files for the dialogue:
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