How to read and write Chinese Characters – Shi,Wo,Ni,Zhe,Hen
Hello Class. 大家好！
The Five new Chinese characters we are learning in this free online Chinese class are Shi 是, Wo 我, Ni 你, Zhe 这 and Hen 很. We will combine the 5 Chinese characters we have learned in the previous lesson and make simple Chinese sentences. We hope you already know how to write the Chinese characters in the previous lesson. Da=大; Xiao=小; Duo=多; Shao=少 Ren=人. To listen to the audio clip, click on the character shown in blue.
The Chinese character shì 是 is a verb, adjective and an interjection. This Chinese character has nine strokes and under the radical 日. It is pronounced in the 4th tone.
When shì 是 is used as a verb, it is equivalent to is/are/am in English. When used as an adjective, the Chinese character means yes or correct.
Wǒ 我 is I/Me/Myself in Chinese. This Chinese character has seven strokes. It is pronounced in the 3rd tone.
When you want to say I am in Mandarin Chinese, you combine Wǒ 我 and shì 是 to mean 我是 I am.
The Chinese character Nǐ 你 means You in English. It has seven strokes as well and under the radical 亻(person) and 尔. It is pronounced in the 3rd tone. Radical is used when you want to check that particular Chinese character using the Chinese dictionary. Not the Pinyin dictionary.
Just like Wǒ 我, when you want to say You are in Chinese, you just add Nǐ 你 and shì 是 and it becomes You are 你是.
The Chinese Character 这 can be pronounced as zhè or zhèi. The pronounciation does not affect the meaning of the word. The word means this/these in English. It has seven strokes and under the radical 辶. This Chinese character is pronounced in the 4th tone.
So, do you know how to say This is in Chinese? Yes, just combine Zhè 这 and shì 是 and you will have This is 这是.
Hěn 很 and not the chicken “hen” means very in Chinese. It has nine strokes and under the radical 彳.It is pronounced in the 3rd tone.
Now, lets combine the Chinese characters we have learned in this lesson and those from the previous class. Now we know 10 Chinese characters altogether.
大 小 多 少 人 是 我 你 这 很
Lets try to say I am an adult in Chinese = 我是大人。How do you say You are very small? How do you say How many people?
We love to hear from you. Till we meet again, do practice writing the 10 Chinese charcters you have learned so far. See you! 再见！