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Introducing the Expressions of basic personal information

In this video, some expressions of basic personal information will be introduced by Dr Li.

In this video we learn how to use “是” to give information about oneself such as one’s name, nationality and career.

  • We use the word “是” to introduce one’s name. For example:
    他是成龙。 Tā shì Chéng Lóng.

我是李黔萍。Wǒ shì Lǐ qiánpíng.

  • We use the word “是” to introduce one’s nationality. For example:

我是英国人。Wǒ shì yīngguórén.

  • We can also use “是” to describe people’s careers. For example:

成龙是演员。Chéng Lóng shì yǎnyuán.

罗琳是作家。Luó Lín shì zuòjiā.

The sentence structure is simple: “person +是+ N/NP ”

Now we can use “是” to give a brief introduction of oneself.


Tā shì Chéng Lóng,tā shì zhōngguórén ,tā shì yǎnyuán.


Wǒ shì Lǐ qián píng,wǒ shì zhōngguórén,wǒ shì lǎoshī.

The Negative Form of the structure is easy,we just add “不”before “是”: “person +不+是+ N/NP ”

我不是美国人。Wǒ bú shì měiguórén.

Some new words from the Video:

大学生 dàxuéshēng College student

熊猫 xióngmāo Panda

医生 yīshēng Doctor

The following is the situational dialogue from the Video:






  Wáng xiǎobǎo:Look, CICI, this is my father. My father is a doctor.

Xīxī:Wow, so handsome! Is that your sister next to her?

Wáng xiǎobǎo:She’s not my sister. She’s my mother. My mother is a teacher.

Xīxī:Look, this is my sister. She’s a college student.

Wáng xiǎobǎo:Ah,How beautiful!

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