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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Chinese Season 1, Lesson 1 - Self Introduction. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to introduce yourself in Chinese.
Body
Eric: Here's the informal way to say "Hi, I'm Limei." in Chinese.
Cho: [Normal] 你好,我叫李梅 。(Nǐ hǎo, wǒ jiào lǐméi.)
Eric: First is a word meaning "Hi"
Cho: [Normal] 你好 [Slow] 你好 (nǐhǎo)
Eric: Next is the pronoun meaning "I"
Cho: [Normal] 我 [Slow] 我(wǒ)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning "to be called"
Cho: [Normal] 叫 [Slow] 叫(jiào)
Eric: Last is "Limei,” a person's name
Cho: [Normal] 李梅 [Slow] 李梅(lǐméi)
Eric: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning "Hi, I'm Limei."
Cho: [Slow] 你好,我叫李梅 。 [Normal] 你好,我叫李梅 。
Eric: Ok, now let's take a look at the formal way to say "Good morning, I'm Limei."
Cho: [Normal] 早上好,我是李梅。(Zǎoshang hǎo, wǒ shì lǐméi.)
Eric: First is a phrase meaning "Good morning"
Cho: [Normal] 早上好 [Slow] 早上好 (zǎoshàng hǎo)
Eric: Next is the pronoun meaning "I"
Cho: [Normal] 我 [Slow] 我(wǒ)
Eric: Then comes the word meaning "am” as in “I am”
Cho: [Normal] 是 [Slow] 是(shì)
Eric: Last is "Limei,” a person's name
Cho: [Normal] 李梅 [Slow] 李梅(lǐméi)
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning "Good morning, I'm Limei."
Cho: [Slow] 早上好,我是李梅。 [Normal] 早上好,我是李梅。
Eric: Next up is the formal way to say "Nice to meet you."
Cho: [Normal] 很高兴见到你。(Hěn gāoxìng jiàndào nǐ.)
Eric: First is an adverb meaning "very"
Cho: [Normal] 很 [Slow] 很(hěn)
Eric: Next is the adjective meaning "happy"
Cho: [Normal] 高兴 [Slow] 高兴(gāoxìng)
Eric: Then comes the verb meaning "to meet, to see"
Cho: [Normal] 见到 [Slow] 见到(jiàndào)
Eric: Last is the pronoun meaning "you"
Cho: [Normal] 你 [Slow] 你(nǐ)
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning "Nice to meet you."
Cho: [Slow] 很高兴见到你。 [Normal] 很高兴见到你。
Eric: Finally, here is an even more formal way to say "It's very nice to meet you."
Cho: [Normal] 很高兴认识您。(Hěn gāoxìng rènshi nín.)
Eric: First is an adverb meaning "very"
Cho: [Normal] 很 [Slow] 很(hěn)
Eric: Next is the adjective meaning "happy"
Cho: [Normal] 高兴 [Slow] 高兴(gāoxìng)
Eric: Then comes the verb meaning "to meet"
Cho: [Normal] 认识 [Slow] 认识(rènshi)
Eric: Last is the pronoun that means "you” formally.
Cho: [Normal] 您 [Slow] 您(nín)
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning "It's very nice to meet you."
Cho: [Slow] 很高兴认识您。 [Normal] 很高兴认识您。
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Cho: It’s very common for men to shake hands when first introducing themselves in China. Women will also shake hands when in business settings, but in social or casual situations, it is more common for them to nod or simply smile instead, as these gestures show friendliness. So make sure you do the right greeting actions depending on the situation!

Outro

Eric: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!
Cho: 再见。

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