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Eric: Top 25 Chinese Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 7: Where did you learn Chinese? In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for Chinese learners, and then learn how to answer it 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 did you learn Chinese?” In Chinese this is
Cho: 你在哪里学的中文?
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: 在
Eric: meaning something like “at.”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 在
Eric: Now repeat.
Cho: 在
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Cho: 你在
{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 the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Cho: 你在
{pause}
Next is
Cho: 学
Eric: meaning “to learn”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 学
Eric: Now repeat.
Cho: 学
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 4 words of the question and repeat.
Cho: 你在哪里学
{pause}
after that
Cho: 的
Eric: This is a particle used after a clause to make it modify a noun
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 的
Eric: Now repeat.
Cho: 的
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 5 words of the question and repeat.
Cho: 你在哪里学的
Next
Cho: 中文
Eric: meaning “Chinese”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 中文
Eric: Now repeat.
Cho: 中文
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Cho: 你在哪里学的中文?
{pause}
Eric: It literally means “You at where, learned Chinese?
Eric: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question Where did you learn Chinese?
Cho: 我在学校学的.
Eric: "I learned it in school.” Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Cho: (Slow) 我在学校学的。
{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: 在
Eric: meaning “to be (somewhere)” “to be located at.”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 在
Eric:Now repeat.
Cho: 在
{Pause}
Eric: And after that
Cho: 学校
meaning “school.”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 学校
Eric:Now repeat.
Cho: 学校
{Pause}
Eric: And after that
Cho: 学
meaning “to learn.”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 学
Eric:Now repeat.
Cho: 学
{Pause}
Eric: And next
Cho: 的
Eric: particle used after a clause to make it modify a noun
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 的
Eric:Now repeat.
Cho: 的
{Pause}
Eric: Listen to the speaker say, I learned it in school., and then repeat.
Cho: 我在学校学的。
{pause}
Eric: To use a different phrase, replace “school” with “online.”
Cho: 网上
Eric: online
Cho: (slow) 网上 (regular) 网上
Eric: Listen to the phrase again, this time with online
Cho: 我在网上学的。
Eric: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “school” with “online.” Say “I learned it in online.”
{pause}
Cho: 我在网上学的。
Eric: To expand on the pattern, replace “online” with “university.”
Cho: 大学
Eric: university
Cho: (slow) 大学 (regular) 大学
Eric: Listen to the phrase again, this time with university
Cho: 我在大学学的。
Eric: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “online” with “university.” Say “I learned it in university.”
{pause}
Cho: 我在大学学的。
Eric: To expand on the pattern, replace “university” with “language school.”
Cho: 语言学校
Eric: language school
Cho: (slow) 语言学校 (regular) 语言学校
Eric: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “language school”
Cho: 我在语言学校学的。
Eric: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “university” with “language school.” Say “I learned it in language school.”
{pause}
Cho: 我在语言学校学的。
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting China and someone asks you where you learned Chinese. You learned it at school. Respond to the question.
Cho: 你在哪里学的中文? (five seconds) 我在学校学的。
Eric: Now, imagine you learned it online. Respond to the question.
Cho: 你在哪里学的中文? (five seconds) 我在网上学的。
Eric: Imagine you learned it at a university. Answer the speaker's question.
Cho: 你在哪里学的中文? (five seconds) 我在大学学的。
Eric: Imagine you learned it at a language school. Respond to the question.
Cho: 你在哪里学的中文? (five seconds) 我在语言学校学的。
Eric: Now you want to ask someone where they learned Chinese. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Cho: 你在哪里学的中文?
{pause}
Eric: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
Cho: 你在哪里学的中文?
{pause}
Eric: This is the end of Lesson 7

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Try to answer the question 'Where did you learn Chinese?' in Chinese!

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Sunday at 01:09 AM
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你好 robert groulx!


不用谢。(Bú yòng xiè.) = No need for thanks. You're welcome. 😇


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thnk youfor the lesson transcript


favorite phrase is 你在哪里学的中文?


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Shanghai 上海

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Hi, dr.dorian andermann


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