How to Say Thank You in Chinese
First, if you really want to know how to say thank you in Chinese, then you can simply say, “Xiè xiè nĭ.” The first two Chinese characters are pronounced “shee-eh” in PinYin, but are pronounced with the falling fourth tone.
With the fourth tone, you begin with a high pitch and then gradually fall over time to a low pitch. (Much like a sigh). Then, the third character, which means you, is pronounced “knee,” but with the falling and then rising third tone. Begin at normal pitch, lower the pitch, and then raise the pitch over time.
Thank You in Chinese: Thanks in Chinese
Second, for the simpler version to say thank you in Chinese (which is more like “thanks”), you can simply say, “Xiè xiè.” Here again, both characters are pronounced “shee-eh” and are pronounced with the falling fourth tone. In this case, once you finish the first character, pause slightly so that you can begin again at the higher pitch and fall again.
In this and the previous case, you are actually saying “thanks” two times in order to emphasize the magnitude of your gratitude. By saying the Chinese character twice, you are stressing how much you mean what you have said. In Chinese, it would be illogical to say thank you only once.
Thank You in Chinese Politely
Third, you will find that the polite version of saying thank you in Chinese is much like the first, extended version. Begin with the same “Xiè xiè,” but then on the end, instead of using “nĭ” you will instead replace this you with the more polite version, “nín.”
In the third character, you will notice with Chinese languages that the top portion of the character is exactly the same as the more commonly used version of you. Then, the bottom portion of the Chinese character showcases the addition of “xīn” which means heart. So in learning Chinese, you can see that the more polite version of “you” includes the addition of the heart.
By the way, the more polite version of thank you is often used for addressing those that are older than you, more highly respected, or to whom you were just recently introduced. (As you become more familiar with each other and they are relatively close in age, then you would probably switch to the more common version of you).
Now that you know how to say thank you in Chinese, you’ll want to practice it as soon as possible! (That way, it will be easier to remember)!
Saying Thank You Very Much in Chinese
You’ll also find that there are a variety of way to say “thank you very much” in Chinese. Even though certain phrases are more commonly used depending upon the region of the country, still you’ll find the next two phrases to be pretty standard throughout China. Remember, if you truly wish to express a heartfelt thank you, you still might want to consider demonstrating that through action, rather than words.
Two (of Many) Options for Thank You Very Much
Still, it is possible to express this idea through words. The first phrase that we’ll explore is “Duo xie” which literally means “many or much thanks.” Since the phrase still ends with “xie” it will be said with the falling fourth tone, but “duo” is said with the high, level first tone (which sounds much like saying “aaahhh” at the dentist’s office, but pronounced “dw” + a sound that is halfway between “aawwww” and “oh”). A second way to say thank you very much is to use the phrase that means “very much” or “extremely.” This phrase is then combined with the phrase that means “to be grateful or thankful.” But, look out, because it won’t be in the same word order! Very much is actually said first, with the to be grateful following, essentially, “Fei chang gan xie.”
How to Say Please in Chinese
Knowing how to say please in Chinese can be extremely helpful! Even if you’re only looking to say thank you in Chinese, you’ll at least want to know please in Chinese so that you can respond correctly.
Take a moment to watch this video on saying please in Chinese…
Using Please in Chinese
Once you have please in Chinese down, you’ll find that you use it much more often than you think in speaking Mandarin Chinese! Since please comes at the beginning of the sentence, you’ll find many of your requests will start with this Chinese character. At any rate, you’ll learn Chinese for please in just a few minutes!
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Video to Say How Are You in Chinese
If you’re looking to say, “How are you?” in Chinese, watch this brief video so you can hear and see how it’s done in Mandarin Chinese. The benefit is that you can see both Chinese characters and Chinese PinYin as you hear this Chinese phrase being said.
Options for How Are You in Chinese
Ni Hao Ma?
When formally meeting someone or meeting someone for the first time, you’ll probably want to use the Chinese phrase 你好吗? for how are you. Below you can see the Chinese characters and PinYin for how to say this slightly more formal phrase.
Ni Zen Me Yang?
When you’ve met someone before or are more familiar with them, then you can use the phrase 你怎么样? for how are you in Chinese. This phrase is closer to “How’s it going?” or “How have you been?” and you can see it in the Chinese language below.
Hope this helps you with saying how are you in Chinese!
WARNING: This character can’t be utilized in reference to an individual to mean that he or she is slim and trim! Rather, use “shòu” for this.
The Chinese character for thin (when referring to objects) is “bó” which can alternatively be pronounced also as “báo.” The initial sound is “b” + “wo” (that’s between “woah” and “wow”) even though the second is “b” + “ou” as in “ouch.”
You’ll enjoy the list of possibilities for utilizing this character!
- infertile ground (as in thin topsoil)
Whilst some may possibly expect that “thick” could also be used to express difficulty in understanding an idea, that connotation is really greatest left for “late or slow.” Rather, the alternative meanings for thick are
- shameless, or
“Hòu” is stated together with the falling fourth tone and pronounced like the word “ho” or “hoe.”
“Hòu” is the Chinese character for thick, particularly since it relates for the thickness of an object or piece of material. Other meanings for “hòu” demonstrate its positive attributes.
- excellent will