Part I: Listen and Learn 1
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sentence and listen to the recording. The Chinese characters are in big5
W sh Zhnggu
rn, hu shu
I am a Chinese and (I) can speak
W y hu
I can also speak English.
W tng de dng
I (can listen and) understand English.
W hi hu
I can also speak a little Japanese.
de b ti ho.
But I don't speak Japanese well.
de kui, w ji
tng b dng.
If (someone) speaks fast, then I
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dng' is a 'V+de+resultative' pattern which
can be used to express the ability. There is no counterpart in English.
It means: listen and understand. 'tng b
dng' means that although someone listened,
he can't understand.
is a pair of conjuction words which indicates the condition: If...then....
t shu de kui,
w ji tng
If he speaks fast, then I can't
t shu de mn,
w ji tng
If he speaks slowly, then I can