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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Chinese Season 1, Lesson 2 - Greetings. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to greet someone when you arrive and what to say when you part in Chinese.
Body
Eric: Here's the informal way to say "Hi." in Chinese.
Cho: [Normal] 你好。(nǐhǎo)
Eric: This expression has only one word meaning "Hi"
Cho: [Normal] 你好。 [Slow] 你好。 (nǐhǎo)
Eric: Listen again to the informal way to say "Hi."
Cho: [Slow] 你好。 [Normal] 你好。
Eric: Ok, now let's take a look at the formal way to say "Good day."
Cho: [Normal] 您好。(nín hǎo.)
Eric: First is a formal pronoun meaning "you.”
Cho: [Normal] 您 [Slow] 您 (nín)
Eric: Last is the word meaning "good”
Cho: [Normal] 好 [Slow] 好(hǎo)
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning "Good day."
Cho: [Slow] 您好。 [Normal] 您好。
Eric: Next up is the formal way to say "See you."
Cho: [Normal] 再见。(zàijiàn)
Eric: First is a word meaning "again"
Cho: [Normal] 再 [Slow] 再(zài)
Eric: Last is the verb meaning "to meet"
Cho: [Normal] 见 [Slow] 见(jiàn)
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning "See you."
Cho: [Slow] 再见。 [Normal] 再见。
Eric: Finally, here is an informal way to say "See you later."
Cho: [Normal] 回头见。(huítóu jiàn.)
Eric: First is a phrase meaning "in a while"
Cho: [Normal] 回头 [Slow] 回头(huítóu)
Eric: Last is the verb meaning "to meet"
Cho: [Normal] 见 [Slow] 见(jiàn)
Eric: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning "See you later."
Cho: [Slow] 回头见。 [Normal] 回头见。
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Cho: When meeting someone for the first time, some Chinese people will ask Nǐ shì zuò shénme de ? This question generally means "What do you do?" or "What is your job?" Don't be surprised if you get asked this by someone you’ve just met; it’s a common icebreaker that people in China use to get to know each other better.

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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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Did you already know any of these greetings?

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Hello! I am just starting this course and it looks very promising!

I'm looking forward to continue my lessons.


再见!

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你好 Endzella!


I'm happy to inform you that the problem has been resolved. Enjoy! 😎😇

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你好 katrina!


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Love this lesson and hopefully I won't mess up

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Hello .,


Thank you for your comment. We're teaching Mandarin Chinese, it's simplified Chinese, but you can find the traditional version of the characters as well in the dialogue and vocabulary sections.


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Hello Endzella,


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is this simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, mandarin, or cantonese?

Endzella
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Hi, testing my first free lessons. Have noticed do not have a new vocabulary in the list from the dialogue:

回头见

therefore cannot add it to practice later.


Also, you have 一会儿 under vocabulary, but it is nowhere in the dialogue.


Thanks

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