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Mandarin Chinese

I can speak Mandarin Chinese.

A little

I can speak a little.

I can speak a little Mandarin.

Can you speak English?

English

No (Can’t)

I can’t speak English.

I don’t speak well.

Excuse me.

Excuse me. Please let me ask.

Can you speak Mandarin?

How are you?

Very well.

Thanks.

Thank you.

Hello.

Goodbye.

Remember that in Mandarin, the tone of a word is an essential part of the pronunciation.

Very well, thank you.

Yes. (Can)

Are you American?

American

Yes. (Am)

Yes, I am American.

I can speak a little English.

I am American.

China

I am Chinese.

Are you Chinese?

No. (Am not)

I am not Chinese.

You are not Chinese.

I am not American.

How about you?

How about

I am American. How about you?

But

You are not American.

But I can speak.

But I can speak Mandarin.

Chinese

No, I am American.

Please let me ask.

I am.

You are.

I can’t speak.

I can’t speak Mandarin.

You can’t speak English.

Yes, I am Chinese.

Excuse me. Please let me ask. Can you speak Mandarin?

But I can speak a little Mandarin.

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