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Hi everyone! I'm Alisha.
Welcome to Conversational Phrases!
We've found that the best way to learn a language is to speak it from day one! And the best way to start speaking is to learn phrases that you'll use in real conversations.
In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask where something is located. After watching this video, you’ll be able to ask for directions.
Now, let's take a look at some conversational phrases!
Listen to the dialogue.
超市在哪? (Chāoshì zài nǎ?)
在那。 (Zài nà.)
Once more with the English translation.
超市在哪? (Chāoshì zài nǎ?)
“Where is the supermarket?”
在那。 (Zài nà.)
“It's over there.”
First of all you'll need to learn how to say "Where is [place]?"
The pattern is:
[place]在哪? ([place] zài nǎ?)
This Chinese sentence literally translates as "[place] at where?" But it means "Where is [place]?".
For example:
"Where is the supermarket?"
超市在哪?, 超市在哪? (Chāoshì zài nǎ?, Chāoshì zài nǎ?)
Now, how do you answer this question?
在那。 (Zài nà.)
"It's over there."
Listen to it again:
在那。, 在那。 (Zài nà., Zài nà.)
This Chinese sentence translates as "At there." But it means "It's over there."