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Eric: Top 25 Chinese Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 3: Where do you live? in Chinese In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for Chinese learners, and then learn how to answer the question like a native. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question “Where do you live?” In Chinese this is
Cho: 你住在哪里?
The first word in the question is
Cho: 你
Eric: meaning “you” in English.
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 你
Eric: Listen again and repeat.
Cho: 你
{Pause}
Eric: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Cho: 住
Eric: meaning “to live.”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 住
Eric: Now repeat.
Cho: 住
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Cho: 你住
{pause}
And after that
Cho: 在
Eric: meaning “to be located at” or “in”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 在
Eric: Now repeat.
Cho: 在
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Cho: 你住在
{pause}
And next
Cho: 哪里
Eric: meaning “where.”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 哪里
Eric: Now repeat.
Cho: 哪里
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Cho: 你住在哪里
{pause}
Eric: It literally means “You live in where?”
Eric: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question “Where do you live?”
Cho: 我住在纽约。
Eric: "I live in New York.” Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Cho: (Slow) 我住在纽约。
{pause}
Eric: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Cho: 我
Eric: means “I.”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 我
Eric: Now repeat
Cho: 我
{Pause}
Eric: And next
Cho: 住
meaning “to live.”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 住
Eric:Now repeat.
Cho: 住
{Pause}
Eric: And after that
Cho: 在
Eric: meaning “to be located at” or “in”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 在
Eric:Now repeat.
Cho: 在
{Pause}
Eric: And next
Cho: 纽约
which means “New York.”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 纽约
Eric:Now repeat.
Cho: 纽约
{Pause}
Eric: Listen to the speaker say, “I live in New York.”, and then repeat.
Cho: 我住在纽约。
{pause}
Eric: To expand on the pattern, replace New York with Beijing.
Cho: 北京
Eric: Beijing
Cho: (slow) 北京 (regular) 北京
Eric: Listen to the phrase again, this time with Beijing
Cho: 我住在北京。
Eric: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace New York with Beijing. Say “I live in Beijing.”
{pause}
Cho: 我住在北京。
Eric: To expand on the pattern, replace Beijing with Shanghai.
Cho: 上海
Eric: Shanghai
Cho: (slow) 上海 (regular) 上海
Eric: Listen to the phrase again, this time with Shanghai
Cho: 我住在上海。
Eric: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace Beijing with Shanghai. Say “I live in" Shanghai.”
{pause}
Cho: 我住在上海。
Eric: To expand on the pattern, replace Shanghai with Tokyo.
Cho: 东京
Eric: Tokyo
Cho: (slow) 东京 (regular) 东京
Eric: Listen to the phrase again, this time with Tokyo
Cho: 我住在东京。
Eric: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace Shanghai with Tokyo. Say “I live in Tokyo.”
{pause}
Cho: 我住在东京。
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting China and someone asks where you live. You live in New York. Respond to the question.
Cho: 你住在哪里? (five seconds) 我住在纽约。
Eric: Imagine you live in Beijing. Respond to the question.
Cho: 你住在哪里? (five seconds) 我住在北京。
Eric: Imagine you live in Shanghai. Answer the speaker's question.
Cho: 你住在哪里 (five seconds) 我住在上海。
Eric: Imagine you live in Tokyo. Respond to the question.
Cho: 你住在哪里? (five seconds) 我住在东京。
Eric: Now you want to ask that person where they live. Ask the question.
(5 seconds)
Cho: 你住在哪里?
{pause}
Eric: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
Cho: 你住在哪里?
{pause}
Eric: This is the end of Lesson 3

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Try to answer to the question 'Where do you live?' in Chinese!

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很好! 😄


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thank you for the lesson transcript


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I have been sick. I have enjoyed what I have tried to learn so far. Thank you! Good job!

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Thank you for your comment. Chinese is a tonal language, there are 4 tones in total, each character/word has its own tone. You can check out this lesson for a more detailed explanation:

https://www.chineseclass101.com/lesson/absolute-beginner-questions-answered-by-yinru-5-what-are-chinese-tones/.


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I haven’t made it very far, but what does it mean by “first tone, second tone, third tone, and forth tone”?