26 September 2013

Chinese personal pronouns

Chinese has three person personal pronouns, with singular and plural modes. There are some differences with English: Chinese distinguish characters of masculine and feminine third person, but the pronunciation is the same. The other important difference is the character used to differentiate the formal second personal pronoun from the informal. The pronunciations is also slightly different.





Person
Character
Pinyin
English
first singular I
second singular
(informal)
you
second singular
(formal)
nín you
third singular
(masculine)
he
third singular
(feminine)
she
third singular
(things)
it
first plural 我们 wǒmen we
second plural 你们 nǐmen you
third plural
(masculine)
他们 tāmen they
third plural
(feminine)
她们 tāmen they
third plural
(things)
它们 tāmen they