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Start speaking Chinese in minutes and grasp the language, culture and customs in just minutes more with Chinese survival phrases, a completely new way to master the basics of Chinese. To get more Chinese lessons and for free, go to chineseclass101.com and sign up for your free lifetime account. Signing up takes less than a minute and you will find more great lessons just like this one. To get more free Chinese lessons, go to chineseclass101.com
Wherever your destination maybe, manners are a must and in this respect, China is no different. So in our first lesson, we will be taking a look at a phrase there is no excuse not to bring with you to China. Again I stress this over and over. A little bit of the language can go such a long way.
In Chinese, “thank you” is 谢谢(Xiè xie), and one time slowly 谢谢(Xiè xie). Now in Chinese, there of course are more polite ways to say this. The first step up would be 多谢(Duō xiè), that means “thank you very much”. One more time slowly, 多谢(Duō xiè). It’s one first tone which is the flat tone 多(duō), and then one falling tone 谢 (xiè). One more time guys, 多谢(Duō xiè). The word 多(duō) means “a lot” and 谢(xiè) means “thanks”. So literally it would mean “a lot of thanks”.
The next step in politeness would be 我很感谢(Wǒ hěn gǎnxiè). That means I am very thankful. One more time slowly, 我很感谢(Wǒ hěn gǎnxiè). One more time guys, this is a long one, 我很感谢(Wǒ hěn gǎnxiè). This is a little bit complicated guys because we have three third tones in a row. The third tone goes down and comes back up. Now we have 我很感谢(Wǒ hěn gǎnxiè), but because there are three third tones in a row, it becomes 我很感谢(Wó hén gǎnxiè). Did you guys get that? One more time, 我(wǒ) is usually third tone but because it’s followed by 很(hěn) which is also third tone, it becomes second tone, 很(hěn) is usually third tone but because it’s followed by 感(gǎn) which is also third tone, it becomes second tone, 感谢(gǎnxiè). So guys altogether, it would be second tone, rising tone, second tone, rising, third tone again, falling and rising and then the last one is fourth tone, just the falling tone. So the phrase again is 我很感谢(Wó hén gǎnxiè), 我(wǒ) means I, 很(hěn) means very, it’s often used with adjectives and you can use it all over the place, 感谢(gǎn xiè) means thankful, 感(gǎn) means feeling and 谢(xiè) means thanks. All right, so let’s recap one more time in order of the level of politeness. The first one I went over was 谢谢(Xiè xie) is the most commonly used form of thank you. You use it when you are leaving a store, when you receive some goods. You can use it even when someone holds the door open for you. It is the most commonly used form of thank you and it is probably the only one that you will hear other people use. The next step up is 多谢(Duō xiè) means thank you very much. You can use this in a store when somebody gives you something or when you receive something from a friend or a relative. You can throw this in for a nice change of pace. Sometimes you get tired of using the word 谢谢(Xiè xie) all the time and you want to make this time stand out. That time, you can say 多谢(Duō xiè) The last level of politeness is 我很感谢(Wó hén gǎnxiè). Now I warn you. This is only for experts. This one says that you are very thankful and it makes this time stand out in their mind. It makes them know that you really enjoyed what you received from them or what they have done for you. So remember guys, it is 我很感谢(Wó hén gǎnxiè). All right, to close our today’s lesson, we’d like you to practice what we’ve just learned. I will provide you with the English equivalent of a phrase and you are responsible for shouting it out loud. You will have a few seconds before I give you the answer. So 加油(Jiā yóu)! 加油(Jiā yóu) is a phrase of encouragement used to try to get people to try their best. People often say at supporting events “加油加油!(Jiāyóu jiāyóu!)”. Okay here we go. The most common form of thank you, 谢谢(Xiè xie). The more polite form, that means thank you very much, 多谢(Duō xiè). The most polite form, I am very thankful, 我很感谢(Wó hén gǎnxiè).
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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Thanks to all the listeners! Do you always say thank you?

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Wednesday at 2:34 am
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This was super helpfull, thank you 👍

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J. Li
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谢谢你. The lesson was very helpful.

I would also like to thank Cristiane for the information provided in the response to Trương Thị Hồng Yến. I'm also a recent addition to the chineseclass101 family.

Sunday at 8:54 pm
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Hi Trương Thị Hồng Yến,

Welcome to ChineseClass101.com!

Thank you for contacting us about this. Are you an absolute beginner? If you are and you have no experience with Chinese at all, I suggest you start with the very basics: the alphabet and how to read and write Chinese. There is a whole series dedicated to the alphabet and learning how to write, so please consider starting there.

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Trương Thị Hồng Yến
Saturday at 6:01 pm
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I don't know how to use and how to learn it? Please help me

Friday at 4:56 pm
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Hi Maria,

Thank you for your message.

The phrase of encouragement is 加油(Jiā yóu)!

Have a great day, and 加油(Jiā yóu)!??


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Friday at 4:54 pm
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Hi Steven,


Have a great day!


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Monday at 4:07 pm
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Hi, thank you for a great class. Could you please write that phrase of encouragement that you mention towards the end of the recording. I will appreciate that. Thank you. 再见

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