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Hei , dàjiā hǎo , wǒ shì Mǎ Yànrú .Hi everybody! I’m Yanru Ma.
Welcome to ChineseClass101.com’s “Sānfēn zhōng Hànyǔ”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Chinese.
In the last lesson, we learned how to introduce ourselves in Chinese. In this lesson we’re going to learn how to use good manners as we thank people.
Zhǔnbèi hǎo le ma? Are you ready? wǒmen kāishǐ ba ! So let’s start!
There are several ways to thank someone, let’s start with the easiest. It is just one word:
[slowly] “xièxie”
““xièxie” means “thanks”.
Another, slightly more emphatic way of saying thank you is xièxiè nǐ. Do you see what we changed? We just added nǐ to the end. (slow)nǐ. As you may recall, this is the word for “you”.
It’s like saying Thank YOU.
xièxiè nǐ
[slowly] xièxiè nǐ
When you really REALLY want to express thanks to someone, there is a different way to do it .
Tài xièxie le .
[slowly] Tài xièxie le .
As we’ve seen before, xièxie means “thanks”. Here we’ve got a new word tài, which means “too”, as in “too much of something”.
[slow] tài
and another le. Together, this sentence is like “thanks too much.”
Tài xièxie le .
How about the response? It’s easy! Let me show you the most basic way to do it!
Bù yòng xiè .
[slowly] Bù yòng xiè .
yòng here means “need.” (slow) yòng
Putting the “Bù” before it makes it negative. (Slow) “Bu.” All together, it’s “Bù yòng”: “no need.” (slow) “Bù yòng.”
Finally, we add xiè means “thanks,” so it means something like “no need to thank.” We use it just like the English “You’re welcome.”.
So when someone says xièxie to you, you can simply reply with:
Bù yòng xiè .
Now it’s time for Yanru’s tips.
Although xièxie is simple, it can be used in both formal and informal situations with just about anyone, anywhere, and at anytime! But actually, in China, we don’t usually say xièxiè to our families and our close friends. The expression, while polite, creates a feeling of distance. But it doesn’t mean that we take thankfulness for granted. Instead, we’ll do something else in the future to show our gratitude.
Do you know what how to say, “see you later in Chinese? Here’s a hint: I’ve been saying it at the end of every episode! In our next lesson we’ll go over this in detail, and talk about other ways to say goodbye and hello in Chinese! Until then,