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In this lesson we will learn how to ask where something or someone is.

25.01 Here, there, where?

Zi nǎlǐ?
Where is it at?
Zi nǎr?
Where's it at?
Zi zhlǐ.
It is here.
Zi zhr.
It's here.
Zi nlǐ
It is there.
Zi nr.
It's there.

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The question word 哪儿 nǎr and 哪里 nǎlǐ have the exact same meaning, it is just that 哪儿 nǎr is used (extensively) in the north of China. The meaning and use of the two words is the same. It corresponds to the location words 那儿 nr ( 哪里 nǎlǐ) and 这儿 zhr ( 这里 zhlǐ ).

In the case of all six words, the 里  sound has morphed into the 儿 sound. To put it another way, people in Beijing all sound like pirates.

Pronunciation point:

You might be wondering why we have used what could be considered a deviant pronunciation so extensively in our text. The first is that the 儿 sound has official recognition within the PRC and is actually used in most beginner's textbooks for students studying in the North of China. Secondly, the 儿 sound, due to its connection with Beijing and the centers of Mandarin speaking, could well be considered a "prestige" dialect. Finally, and most importantly, we think it sounds cool.

25.02 A toilet by any other name...?

Csuǒ zi nǎr?
Where's the toilet?
Csuǒ zi nǎlǐ?
Where is the toilet?
Gōngc zi nǎr?
Where's the public toilet?
Gōngc zi nǎlǐ?
Where is the public toilet?
Xshǒujiān zi nǎr?
Where's the washroom?
Xshǒujiān zi nǎlǐ?
Where is the washroom?
Wishēngjiān zi nǎr?
Where's the bathroom?
Wishēngjiān zi nǎlǐ?
Where is the bathroom?

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Vocabulary point:

Although 在 zi can be translated as be, in Mandarin Chinese its usage and meaning is distinct from the other word for be, 是 sh. 在 zi is used to indicate location in space and time, whereas 是 sh is used to indicate identity.

Vocabulary point:

厕所 csuǒ is definitely the cruder of the terms available for the, um, well facilities as it were. 洗手间 xshǒujiān is the prettiest of the terms available, it literally means "place where you may wash your hands".

25.03 Where's the john?

马特: 这儿有厕所吗?
Zhr yǒu csuǒ ma?
B: 有,在那儿。
Yǒu, zi nr.
马特: 谢谢。
B: 不客气。
B kqi.

25.04 Pardon me, where's the washroom?

大卫: 请问,洗手间在哪儿?
Qǐngwn, xshǒujiān zi nǎr?
B: 就在那儿。
Ji zi nr.
大卫: 谢谢。
B: 不客气。
B kqi.


ji is an adverb, generally speaking it specifies the exactness of something. When used when talking about directions, it conveys the feeling of "right here" or "right there".

25.05 Is Teacher Liu at school?

Wng xiānsheng zi jiā ma?
Is Mr. Wang at home?
Li lǎoshī zi xuxio ma?
Is Teacher Liu at school?
Xiǎo Zhāng zi bnɡōnɡsh ma?
Is Junior Zhang in the office?
Wng Jūn zi jiosh ma?
Is Wang Jun in the classroom?

25.06 You're really cute!

李智慧: 王老师在家吗?
Wng lǎoshī zi jiā ma?
刘丹: 在。你是谁?
Zi. Nǐ sh shi?
李智慧: 我是王老师的学生。我叫李智慧 。你是不是王老师的女儿?
Wǒ sh Wng lǎoshī de xusheng. Wǒ jio Lǐ Zhhu. Nǐ sh b sh Wng lǎoshī de nǚ'r?
叫刘: 当然是!
Dāngrn sh!
李智慧: 你真可爱!你叫什么名字?
Nǐ zhēn kě'i! Nǐ jio shnme mngz?
刘丹: 我叫刘丹。请进!
Wǒ jio Li Dān. Qǐnɡ jn!
李智慧: 谢谢!

25.07 I don't know anyone here.

Zhlǐ ...
Zhlǐ wǒ...
Zhlǐ wǒ y g rn ....
I...one here.
Zhlǐ wǒ y g rn dōu...
I...anyone here.
Zhlǐ wǒ y g rn dōu b rnshi.
I don't know anyone here.

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A Transcribe the characters below into pinyin

1.) 认识 _____________________ 2.) 可爱 ____________________
3.) 厕所 _____________________ 4.) 办公室 ____________________
5.) 卫生间 __________________ 6.) 洗手间 ___________________

B Match the words with the translation

1.) Jiosh School
2.) Csuǒ


3.) Jiā                                                         Classroom
4.) Xuxio

Of course

5.) Wishēngjiān


6.) Dāngrn