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Short Chinese phrases that will do wonders for you

Posted by Grace Feng on June 8, 2012

Short Chinese phrases that will do wonders for youAside from the universal magic word that you might have known from the very first day of your Chinese learning – “谢谢 xiè xie (thank you)”, there are still lots of other Chinese phrases that will do wonders for you. Today I will introduce a few popular polite Chinese phrases that will bring you convenience in your every day life in a mandarin speaking environment. See if you already know all of them?

1. 借过 jiè guò – “Please let me pass to the other side.” or “Excuse me ( I need to pass.)”

Literally it means “borrow to pass “. Isn’t it easy to memorize? Whenever you need to pass through people you can use this word.

2. 多谢 duō xiè – “Much appreciated.”

Literally it means “much appreciated “… Do I need to explain anymore? While 谢谢 xiè xie can do the job of expressing your gratitude, 多谢 duō xiè can do a even better job.

3. 抱歉 bào qiàn – “Sorry.”

Literally it means “hold apologies “. It’s a neater expression to express “you’re sorry” than 对不起 duì bu qǐ.

4. 不好意思 bù hǎo yì si – “Sorry, I am so silly to do this.”

Literally it means “not good meaning”. Well, definitely the literal translation is just too off. If you get familiar with this phrase, actually it could be very useful when you need to express all different kinds of apologies. The meaning of it is a bit more on blaming yourself than 抱歉 bào qiàn or 对不起 duì bu qǐ. Usually it shows you do realizing your mistakes and feel sorry for that (we’re talking about minor mistakes here.)

5. 恭喜恭喜 gōng xǐ gōng xǐ – “Congratulations!”

To congratulate people with their new achievements, promotion, no babies etc.

Feel free to share any “wonder Chinese words” you know that I haven’t mentioned here, thanks…

 

 

 

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4 Responses to “Short Chinese phrases that will do wonders for you”

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    白睿:

    06-09-2012 10:09 am

    Hi Grace, here are a couple I can think of:

    不用谢 bú yòng xiè…..in response to somebody thanking you (“no need to thank me”).

    不客气 bú kè qì…..to say “you are welcome”,”don’t mention it” when somebody thanks you.

    请问 qǐng wèn…..used at the start of a request (meaning “please may I ask….”)

    Also a phrase used in the same way: 劳驾 láo jià “excuse me”.

    白睿

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      Grace:

      06-09-2012 8:12 pm

      白睿, 很好的补充!

      你能知道用”劳驾”这个词就很不错!

      基于你的中文水平, 你有没有尝试过每天用中文写一段短文?

      Grace

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    白睿:

    06-11-2012 10:30 am

    Hi Grace, 其实‘劳驾’这个词是我三年以前在大学理上中文课的是后老师教给我们。她说比较常用的,但是我在听很多录音的时候很少听到了。我还记得她来自中国浙江省,可能它只在那里的人民比较常用的,你说呢?

    呵呵,除了写短信、电子邮件、和在一些网站留言之外,我都不愿意写长的短文,老是觉得太麻烦了!但是我承认这个主意很可能会有一个成功的效果。

    白睿

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      Grace:

      06-12-2012 2:57 am

      白睿你好,

      实际上‘劳驾’是个常用的口语词,并不是方言的一种. 因为可以代替”劳驾”的表达方法很多,你如果没在录音里听到很正常.

      其实能坚持每天用非母语写篇文章确实是件难事,我完全能体会, 因为我正在做着这件事. 但如果你给这件事加上一些有用的目标,它可能会变得很有趣, 并且能为你带来意想不到的收获.

      Anyways, just my two cents, as long as you stick to your language study, in any method that fits you, sooner or later, you’ll see a big leap.

      让我们一起加油!

      Grace

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