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Meeting for the first time

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What Chinese phrases would you use to greet people and make a good first impression? Learn basic Chinese phrases, such as I, you, happy, my name is... and nice to meet you!


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aliya says
Hi, thanks for your easy and helpful basic Chinese lessons. I think “nihao” is too common if you want to make a good impression during first encounters, especially if you want to attract a girl’s attention.
August 24, 2011 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to aliya
"你好" is a very general Chinese phrase. You need to use different basic Chinese phrases on different occasions. To capture a girl's curiosity you can say, “你看起来很面熟. (Nǐ kàn qǐ lǎi hěn miànshú.) You look very familiar to me. or 我们是不是在哪里见过? (Wǒmen shìbushì zài nǎlǐ jiànguò.) Have I seen you somewhere before?” Although many people think these basic Chinese expressions are old school, they are still popular.
August 24, 2011 Reply
rain says
I am very interested in the basic Chinese grammar section in your lessons. I think it offers an efficient way to master a group of sentences. Can you tell me the negative form of tje basic Chinese word “也"? "我不也去" and “我也不去." Which one is correct? I am confused.
August 24, 2011 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to rain
Glad that you like the grammar section. The negative form of the basic Chinese phrase “也” is “也不” You need to say. “我也不去(Wǒ yě bú qù.) I won't go either.” The sentence pattern is “也+不+ verb.”
August 24, 2011 Reply
windy.lee says
我喜欢你的旗袍
呵呵,旗袍是很漂亮哦。
真的,你最可爱
October 27, 2011 Reply
Candice_Chinese Teacher in reply to windy.lee
Dear Windy,
谢谢!(Xiè xiè!) Thank you! 我喜欢穿旗袍。(Wǒ xǐhuan chuān qípáo.) I like wearing the cheongsam. I like wearing it because it makes me look slim. I like skirts too. ^_^  Will you tell me your favorite types of clothes?
November 1, 2011 Reply
Abdul Samad says
from where i start a lesson
January 16, 2012 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to Abdul Samad
Hi Abdul Samad,
If you would like to learn the Chinese language systematically, we suggest taking Chinese Pinyin first and then Beginner Chinese Series. 
If you just want to learn some basic Chinese words and expressions, you can start with Survival Chinese first. 
If you are interested in learning real Chinese spoken by the locals, you can take a look at Day Day Up program. 
If you are interested in various language points (grammar, etc.), please take a look at our Crazy Grammar program. 
“Big Bang Vocab” is a series of short and fun video lessons focusing on Chinese vocabulary. 

If you have any questions, just feel free to let me know.
January 16, 2012 Reply
zabin says
Nin hao LAOSHI, Please note that I use to watch the video lessons. they are really very enriching. For quite some time , i noticed that i can no longer play the video lessons. Hope the problem is not on your part. Please help me.

Thanks.
Zabin








January 24, 2012 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to zabin
Hello Zabin, I checked out the videos and they seem to work. Is it streaming slowly? Could you tell me where you were located when you watched the videos? Do they work now? Let me know if you still have questions or need any help. 
January 25, 2012 Reply
zabin in reply to Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher)
oh sorry to bother you. It works perfectly now. Zai jian. by the way can you please tell me how to say take care in chinese
February 12, 2012 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to zabin
No problem. Glad to hear that it works well. Hope you enjoy our video lessons.
“路上小心 (lùshang xiǎoxīn)” or “当心 (dāng xīn)” are the Chinese characters for "take care." We have a video lesson to explain how to use this phrase. You can find it by clicking this link: http://www.echineseonline.com/chinese-video-courses/day-day-up/lesson-32
Hope it helps.
February 13, 2012 Reply
williamdavidson57@yahoo.com.au says
i think the program is excellent. I have a Chinese girlfriend and want to know where to start

Xie xie
William
February 2, 2012 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to williamdavidson57@yahoo.com.au
William, Ni hao!
If you would like to learn the Chinese language systematically, we suggest taking Chinese Pinyin first and then Beginner Chinese Series. Besides, we are updating new video lessons in different levels. If you are interested in learning real Chinese spoken by the locals, you can take a look at the Day Day Up program. If you are interested in various language points (grammar, etc.), please take a look at our Crazy Grammar program. And “Big Bang Vocab” is a series of short and fun video lessons focusing on Chinese vocabulary.
Since you have started your 7-Day free trial, you can access ALL the Chinese video courses for free for 7 days. Hope you enjoy our video lessons.
February 2, 2012 Reply
williamdavidson57@yahoo.com.au in reply to Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher)
I am an English teacher and wishing to work in China.

I know little mandarin but wishing to have the basics before I come.

Thanks, William
February 2, 2012 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to williamdavidson57@yahoo.com.au
Hi William,

Welcome to China.
It is always nice to hear from a fellow teacher!
It’s better if you know Mandarin when you work in China. Just enjoy watching our video lessons and make progress with us.

If you have any questions, just feel free to let me know.
February 3, 2012 Reply
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