Where in the World is Mabel? The Great Wall of China

June 9, 2014

Today marks INGCO International’s first #MabelMonday. Each Monday our company ‘mascot’ (Ingrid, our president’s dog) will be traveling the world giving you insight into the culture and language of the place that she is traveling.

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Can you guess where Mabel is this Monday? 


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The Great Wall of China! 

The Great Wall of China, also known as the Wàn Lǐ Cháng Chéng or Long Wall of 10,000 Li (a li is a measure of distance, approximately 1/3 of a mile), begins in the east at Shanhaiguan in Hebi province and ends at Jiayuguan in Gansu province to the west.  People who live in China primarily speak mandarin (Putong Hua, Hanyu, Huayu, Guoyu, standard Chinese), which is based on Beijing Dialect. The Chinese integrates meaning and pronunciation information in characters, known as Hanzi (漢字). This form of language is one of the earliest in the world, dating back approximately five thousand years. From the inscriptions on oracle bones in the Shang Dynasty, it was deduced that the formation of Chinese characters has a history of more than 3,000 years. 

Common words and sayings in Chinese: 

English Pinyin/ Characters Phenetics English
Hello nǐ hǎo
你  好 knee how
Where are you from? nǐ cǒng nǎ lǐ lái

   你  从  哪  里  来?

knee tzaun nar lee lei
What is your name? nín guì xìng

您   贵   姓

neen gway shing
Good Bye zài jiàn

再  见

zi gee’en
Useful sayings:
Yes shì

No bú  shì

不  是

boo shr
Right or Correct duì

Wrong bú  duì

不  对

boo dway
No, thanks bú  yòng  le,  xiè  xiè

  不   用   了, 谢  谢

boo yong la, sheh sheh
Thank you xiè  xiè

   谢  谢!

sheh sheh
You are welcome bú  yòng  xiè

不   用   谢

boo yong sheh
Excuse me duì  bu  qǐ

对  不  起

dway boo chee
I do not understand wǒ tīng bù dǒng

我  听  不  懂

wore ting boo dong
I would like wǒ  yào

我  要

wore yeow


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