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In lesson twelve we learn how to ask Where are you from? There are two
different ways to do this - one construction is mainly used for Chinese
people, and the emphasis is on what sort of person are you (a Chinese person, a Beijing person, etc.) The second construction is has a formal and informal
that emphasis is on the location that you are from - i.e. I am from America, I am from China.
12.01 Where are you from (in China)?
Notes: 你是哪里人？ Nǐ shì nǎli rén? is usually used to ask just Chinese people where they come from within China.
12.02 So where are you from? - Concept practice dialogue
12.03 Where are you from?
12.04 Where are you from? - Concept review dialogue
Vocabulary point: 当然 dāngrán means of course, 当然是 Dāngrán shì means "Of course I am." 非常 fēicháng is an intensifier that means extremely, it precedes verbal predicates such as 好 hǎo.
12.05 Where do you come from?
Notes: 你从哪里来？ Nǐ cóng nǎli lái？ could be translated as "Where are you from?" It could be considered non-standard because of the ambiguity of the question, since it can be taken to mean "Where did you just come from?"
Vocabulary point: 从 cóng is a preposition, it means from in the sense of "movement from a location", there is another Chinese verb for talking about distance without movement, 离 lí. We will discuss this second preposition in a later lesson.
A Transcribe the characters below into pinyin
B Transcribe the following sentences into pinyin
C Transcribe the characters into pinyin and then translate into English
D Fill in the blanks for the dialogue
E Circle the two characters that are not the same
F Write questions for the following answers
G Circle the character that matches the pinyin