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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Chinese Season 1, Lesson 4 - Asking How Someone Is. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask and answer the question “How are you?” in Chinese.
Body
Eric: Here's the informal way to ask "How are you?" in Chinese.
Cho: [Normal] 最近怎么样?(zuìjìn zěnme yàng?)
Eric: First is an adverb meaning "recently, lately"
Cho: [Normal] 最近 [Slow] 最近 (zuìjìn)
Eric: Last is the phrase meaning "how’s it going"
Cho: [Normal] 怎么样 [Slow] 怎么样(zěnmeyàng)
Eric: Listen again to the informal question meaning "How are you?"
Cho: [Slow] 最近怎么样? [Normal] 最近怎么样?
Eric: Now, imagine you're speaking to a stranger. Here's the formal way to ask, "How are you?"
Cho: [Normal] 你好吗?(Nǐ hǎo ma?)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning "you"
Cho: [Normal] 你 [Slow] 你 (nǐ)
Eric: Next is the word meaning "good"
Cho: [Normal] 好 [Slow] 好(hǎo)
Eric: Last is the question marker...
Cho: [Normal] 吗 [Slow] 吗(ma)
Eric: Listen again to the formal question meaning "How are you?”
Cho: [Slow] 你好吗? [Normal] 你好吗?
Eric: Here's a response meaning "I'm fine."
Cho: [Normal] 我很好。(wǒ hěn hǎo。)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning "I"
Cho: [Normal] 我 [Slow] 我(wǒ)
Eric: Next is the adverb meaning "very,” “very much"
Cho: [Normal] 很 [Slow] 很(hěn)
Eric: Last is the adjective meaning "good"
Cho: [Normal] 好 [Slow] 好(hǎo)
Eric: Listen again to the response meaning "I'm fine."
Cho: [Slow] 我很好。 [Normal] 我很好。
Eric: Here's a response meaning, "Not so well."
Cho: [Normal] 不太好。(bú tài hǎo.)
Eric: First is a negative adverb meaning "not"
Cho: [Normal] 不 [Slow] 不(bù)
Eric: Next is the adverb meaning "a lot, much, too"
Cho: [Normal] 太 [Slow] 太(tài)
Eric: Last is the adjective meaning "good"
Cho: [Normal] 好 [Slow] 好(hǎo)
Eric: Listen again to the response meaning "Not so well."
Cho: [Slow] 不太好。 [Normal] 不太好。
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Cho: In China, when asking a friend how they’re doing, the question “最近怎么样?” which means “How are you?" is more commonly used than 你好, which means “good day.” Also, we use some casual phrases like 嘿!(hēi) to greet and 拜拜 (bàibài) to say "bye" to friends.

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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Listeners! How are you? Try answering this question in Chinese.

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Wednesday at 11:55 PM
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你好 robert groulx,


谢谢 for posting and studying with us. If you have any questions, please let us know.😄


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robert groulx
Saturday at 04:08 AM
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thank you for the lesson


怎么样


robert

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Wednesday at 11:07 PM
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Hi, Efrem,


谢谢你的留言。

祝你一切都好。(Hope everything's going well with you.)


Cho

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Efrem
Sunday at 05:46 AM
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黑!我最近很好, 非常感谢你。拜拜!

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Sunday at 02:26 PM
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Hi, Robert Martin,


Thank you for your posting.

我也很好。(Wǒ yě hěn hǎo .):smile:

I'm good, too.

If you have any question, please leave a message to us.


Cho

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Robert Martin
Tuesday at 02:02 PM
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Wǒ hěn hǎo. 我很好。 I am good.


Nǐ hǎo ma? 你好吗? How are you?

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Thursday at 12:58 AM
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Hi, faith nkomeshya ,


Thank you for you feedback by Pinyin.

Do you have a software to type Chinese characters on computer?


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faith nkomeshya
Saturday at 11:21 PM
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wo hen hao