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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:
“xièxie”.
[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,
Zàijiàn!

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Friday at 6:30 pm
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Who would you like to thank in Chinese?

Shahzad
Friday at 5:38 am
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Aniba
we are writing here in pinyin

Shahzad
Friday at 5:35 am
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xie xie
bu yong xie

Tuesday at 2:00 am
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Hi, Hamza Abbasi,
If you write your name in English, Hamza Abbasi is OK.
And if you have a Chinese name, your surname should appear first.

Cho
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Hamza Abbasi
Sunday at 2:10 am
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Ni hao ! I am Hamza Abbasi. I have a question..
What is correct method of writing our name in chinese.
Which part of our name shoud be written first the first
part of name or second part?
for example,
Ni hao ! wo jiao Hamza Abbasi
OR
Ni hao ! wo jiao Abbasi Hamza

THANKS TO CHINESE CLASS..

Friday at 1:21 am
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Hi, Aniba,
Sorry for our late reply.
We speek Mandrian in our class mostly.

Cho
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ANIBA
Monday at 7:02 am
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YOU DID NOT LEAVE A COMMENT WHEN I ASKED IF THIS WAS MANDRIAN!!!!:😠😠😠😠

Aniba
Sunday at 10:24 am
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Is this Mandarin?

Monday at 11:09 am
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Hi Richard,

谢谢你的支持!😁
xièxiè nǐ de zhīchí !
Thank you for your support!

Olivia / ChineseClass101.com

richard
Saturday at 8:04 am
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Ma Yanru, zhen bang de ‘video’ particularly the Hanzi/Pinyin annotated yisi.
will be looking forward to others.