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Lesson 1

Ni hao class! It's me Kiweenie Lao Shi (teacher Kiweenie). Since we've been in China I've been really interested in the Chinese language. I've even begun picking up a few words and phrases. Because you’re traveling through China with us I thought it would be important for you to learn a few words of Chinese too. Don’t worry, I’ll go easy on you because the Chinese language is very difficult!

 

There are actually dozens of languages and dialects in China but I’ll be discussing Mandarin, the official language, which over 850 million people speak. It is very different from English. One of the major differences is that in Mandarin tones are very important.

 

You sometimes use tones in English without thinking about it. like when you are asking a question your tone goes up on the last word. Well, mandarin has four tones and one is used in almost every single word. Changing the tone on one word changes the entire meaning. For instance, the word “ma” can mean mother or horse depending on which tone you give it. You don’t want to mix up those two words in a conversation! The four tones are: flat, rising, falling, and falling then rising.

 

I’ll teach you a few of the words most commonly used when you travel. Becky is going to assist me with the audio portion of this. She's been studying Chinese and pronounces the words better than I do.

 

 

Speaking Chinese

 

First let's learn hello. Ni hao means “hello.” It’s pronounced “knee how,” and the first part is a flat tone and the last part uses a falling then rising tone.

 
Hear how Ni Hao is pronounced.

 

 


Xiexie
means thank you. It’s pronounced "shay-shay” and uses two falling tones. I think it’s always important to be polite, especially when you are in a different country!

 
Hear how Xiexie is pronounced.
Kiweenie stops Ramses from buying more knock-off watches
Kiweenie: Bu Yao, Bu Yao. Ramses, no more watches for you!

 

 

 

Another useful phrase is bu yao. This means "don't want," and you can use it when people on the street try to sell you things you don't want. It really is effective, because as soon as you say it they leave you alone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, I've got to get back to sightseeing now but I'll have another lesson soon and I'll teach you how to read and write a few words of Mandarin. Zaijian. (That means goodbye!)

 
Hear how Zaijian is pronounced.

 

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Ni Hao Kiweenie Lao Shi!!!!

Ni Hao Kiweenie Lao Shi!!!! XieXie for sharing The Chinese language with us!!!! Have fun on your trip!

Zaijian!

Kiweenie's picture

Xiexie!

Wow, you are a quick learner! Maybe I need to get you to be my substitute professor on days I can't make it to class.

 

Zaijian!

Dolphin_girl_97's picture

XieXie

Thank you! I will help anytime you need me!!!!

Zaijian

horse_girl_96's picture

Ni Hao!

My friend Rocky is actually half Chinese. We should get him to join the MCFC!

Zaijian Kiweenie Lao Shi!

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Does Rocky speak Chinese?

Becky does okay for a Mei Guo Ren (American), but if any native Chinese speakers out there ever wanted to send in recordings of them pronouncing Chinese words that would be so cool!

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