Mandarin Meals

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Mandarin Meals

We eat three meals a day at about the same times you do. We also eat many of the same foods in the Mandarin-speaking world that you eat in the United States. Both of us serve chicken, pork, noodles, rice, vegetables, and seafood, although in the Mandarian-speaking world people eat more vegetables and less meat.

Click on the play button below to hear about the differences.



The Mandarin term for "food" is shí pǐn (shí pǐn).

Click on the play button below to hear the Mandarin term for "food" spoken aloud. Then practice saying it out loud.

foodshí pǐnshí pǐn

Breakfast

Chinese breakfast

In the Mandarin-speaking world, my mom usually makes a hot breakfast for me. She makes me my favorite, congee. It is a rice porridge that looks a bit like thick rice soup. It is sometimes made with egg and peanuts. When I’m done, I make sure to leave a little bit in my bowl. This tells my mother I’m full. If I clean my plate completely, she will think I’m still hungry! Leaving some food on your plate is considered good manners where I live in mainland China.

The Mandarin term for "breakfast" is  zǎo cān (zǎo cān).

Click on the play button below to hear the Mandarin term for "breakfast" spoken aloud. Then practice saying it out loud.

breakfastzǎo cānzǎo cān

Lunch

Our school lunch starts around noon. I don’t live very close to my school, so I don’t have time to go home for lunch. My friends and I either bring our lunches from home or get lunch from the canteen at school and eat there. A canteen is like the cafeterias in U.S. schools, where students can buy lunch and sit with friends while eating.

The Mandarin term for "lunch" is  wǔ cān (wǔ cān).

Click on the play button below to hear the Mandarin term  for "lunch" spoken aloud. Then practice saying it out loud.

lunchwǔ cānwǔ cān

Radicals: Mouth Eat Food

Some Mandarin characters are made up of different parts. Some parts can give you clues about the meaning of the word, those parts are called radicals. The Mandarin word for "eat" is chī(chī), it includes the radical for "mouth" kǒu(kǒu). The radical for "mouth" is also found in the Mandarin word for "food" ( shí pǐn shí pǐn).

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Radical Mouth eat ( chī) food (shi pǐn)


Click on the play button below to hear the Mandarin word for "eat" spoken aloud. Then practice saying it out loud.

eat chīchī

CA LogoTip: Initial and Final sounds: Here, the initial sound is "ch" and the final sound is "i." This gives you information about the start and end sounds used to build the word.

Click on the play buttons below to hear these Mandarin initial and final sounds spoken aloud.

IntialsFinals
ch i  

Tone: You will notice that there is a flat tone on the end sound.  Listen to chī again to hear the correct tone. 
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