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漢語學生好! Hello Mandarin learners!

Today in class, we reviewed classroom vocabulary. To give you a taste, here are some examples:

复习 fù xí to review
跟我说 gēn wǒ shuō say it with me
请再说一次 qǐng zàishuō yīcì please repeat that
生词 shēng cí vocabulary
声调 shēng diào tone
一起读 yī qǐ dú let’s read this together
意思 yì si meaning


After that, we watched the music video for “對不起我的中文不好.” We used the lyrics to learn some new words and expressions, and also to discuss homophones in Chinese!

Here is the song:

Transition 前進樂團 Dui Bu Qi 對不起我的中文不好

What are some ways to say “Sorry” in Mandarin?

对不起 duì bu qǐ I’m sorry; excuse me; pardon me
不好意思 bù hǎo yì si to feel embarrassed; to be sorry (for inconveniencing sb)
抱歉 bào qiàn to be sorry; to feel apologetic (formal)


Now, do you remember how the man in the video mixed up 睡覺 and 水餃? How can you mix up sleep and dumplings?! Please comment with why they can be confused, and tell us about any homophonic pairs that you have come across!

I’ll lead by example: sounds like but with a different tone, which is why many buildings in Asia do not have a fourth or fourteenth floor!

Thanks for reading, we hope you come attend our class next week. It is every Tuesday at 6pm in B208!

4 Responses to “Mandarin 2A – Lesson 2”

  1. Qian Wang says:


  2. Robin Chen says:

    Great example, Qian!

    Can you figure these two out?

    In the meantime, here is an example that is a bit vulgar. Please don’t read it out loud if you’re in a public area!

  3. Qian Wang says:

    520-我爱你-I love you??? Not sure about this one

  4. Robin says:

    Yes that’s right!

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