Basic Mandarin Chinese | Lesson 2 | Saying hello!

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Basic Mandarin Chinese | Lesson 2 | Saying hello!

  1. 1. To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  2. 2. Nǐ hǎo Lesson 2 on Basic Mandarin! To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  3. 3. Revision - Tones To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  4. 4. Revision-Vocabulary English Mandarin Mother Mā Hemp Má Horse Mǎ Scold Mà To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  5. 5. Lesson objectives 1 Hello in Mandarin To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  6. 6. What’s in store today? Now that we have learnt the basic tones and their differences, let us see how tones work when used in actual conversation! Let's learn to say 'Hello' in Mandarin! To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  7. 7. Saying hello! In Mandarin, 'Hello' literally translates to 'you good' To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  8. 8. Vocabulary English You (singular, informal) Good Mandarin Type Nǐ Pronoun Hǎo Adjective To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  9. 9. Saying hello! So let's try again: You = Nǐ (male/ female) Good = Hǎo 'Nǐ hǎo' literally means 'You good' and is used to say 'Hello' To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  10. 10. Tonal tip You = Nǐ It is pronounced using a falling rising tone (3rd) To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  11. 11. Tonal tip Let's try and say Nǐ It is said with a falling rising tone - also known as the third tone, Nǐ To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  12. 12. Tonal tip Good = Hǎo Just like Nǐ, Hǎo is also said with a falling rising tone (3rd) To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  13. 13. Greetings Hello Nǐ hǎo To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  14. 14. Grammar tip! Note that, whenever we have two third tones, the first third tone is pronounced as a second tone For example in 'Nǐ hǎo', ' Nǐ ' is pronounced using the second tone! To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  15. 15. So remember! You = Nǐ Good = Hǎo Nǐ hǎo literally means 'You good' To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  16. 16. Culturally speaking 'Nǐ hǎo' is the most common form of greeting in China It can be used at any time of day when meeting people for the first time or for people you already know The response to this greeting form is also 'Nǐ hǎo' To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  17. 17. Let's see if you remember… To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  18. 18. Pick the right option What is the correct tone of 'you' in 'you good'? 1 2 3 Nī Nǐ Nì To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  19. 19. Solution What is the correct tone of 'you' in 'you good'? 1 2 3 Nī Nǐ Nì To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  20. 20. So remember! You = Nǐ is pronounced using a falling rising tone (3rd) To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  21. 21. Pick the right option How do we say 'good' in Mandarin? 1 2 3 Háo Hāo Hǎo To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  22. 22. Solution How do we say 'good' in Mandarin? 1 2 3 Háo Hāo Hǎo To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  23. 23. Let's practice! Mark and Lisa are friends, they meet at a coffee shop Mark : Nǐ hǎo Lisa : Nǐ hǎo To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  24. 24. Culturally speaking When addressing an elder or greeting someone formally, we use ‘Nín' in place of 'Nǐ' You (respectful) = Nín To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  25. 25. Try yourself Can you identify the tone that You (respectful) = Nín carries? To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  26. 26. Solution You (respectful) = Nín It is pronounced with a mid rising tone (2nd) To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  27. 27. Tonal tips Let's try and say Nín It is said with a mid rising tone - also known as the second tone, Nín To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  28. 28. Greetings Hello (formal / respectful) Nín hǎo To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  29. 29. Tonal tips Let's try and say Nín hǎo To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  30. 30. Do you remember? 'Nín' is used is used in conversations with elders (Grandparents, parents etc) or to show respect to bosses etc... Nín hǎo = Hello (formal) = You (formal) good To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  31. 31. Pick the right option While saying hello to your grand mom, 'nin' takes which tone? 1 2 3 Nǐn hǎo Nín hǎo Nīn hǎo To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  32. 32. Solution While saying hello to your grand mom, 'nin' takes which tone? 1 2 3 Nǐn hǎo Nín hǎo Nīn hǎo To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  33. 33. Pick the right option Hello (talking to your younger cousin) 1 2 3 Nǐ hǎo Nín hao Nī hǎo To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  34. 34. Solution Hello (talking to your younger cousin) 1 2 3 Nǐ hǎo Nín hao Nī hǎo To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  35. 35. So remember! English Mandarin Hello (informal) Nǐ hǎo Hello (formal) Nín hǎo To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  36. 36. Pick the right option Which tone may be described as falling rising? 1 2 3 Ni Ní Nǐ To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  37. 37. Solution Which tone may be described as falling rising? 1 2 3 Ni Ní Nǐ To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  38. 38. Let's revise! To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  39. 39. Revision-Vocabulary English Mandarin You (informal Nǐ You (formal) Nín Good Hǎo To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  40. 40. Culture Leaf To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  41. 41. Culture leaf ‘Feng shui’ literally translates as ‘wind-water’ in English and is the amalgamation of many ancient Chinese beliefs The aim of ‘feng shui’ is to bring various water bodies and land configurations into complete harmony, so as to direct the flow or ‘qi’ or vital energy To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  42. 42. Culture leaf Benefits of good ‘feng shui’ encompass health and longevity, prosperity, fecundity and general happiness The benefits of it are also believed to extend to one’s descendants! To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  43. 43. Culture Leaf A magnetic compass was invented for Feng shui and is used ever since Many of the higher-level forms of feng shui involve altering architecture or design, however,less expensive forms of feng shui, including hanging special mirrors, or forks are also used to deflect negative energy To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  44. 44. What's next? In the next lesson, we will learn more basic greetings such as 'How are you', 'I'm good' etc! To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  45. 45. Credits Content Team CultureAlley, Sunny Dang http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feng_shui Images http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons /6/6e/La-chinatown-spiral.jpg Buchanan hermit To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  46. 46. See you at the Alley! To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin

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