Basic Mandarin Chinese | Lesson 5 | Greetings and pleasantries

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Basic Mandarin Chinese | Lesson 5 | Greetings and pleasantries

  1. 1. To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  2. 2. Nǐ hǎo Lesson 5 on Basic Mandarin! To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  3. 3. Revision English Mandarin Type Not Bú Adv. Bad Cuò Adj. Still Hái Adv. Ok Kěyǐ Adj. To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  4. 4. Revision-Etiquette conversation English Mandarin Thanks Xièxie You are welcome Bú kèqi Sorry Bù hǎo yì si/Duì bù qǐ It's alright Méi ɡuān xi To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  5. 5. 1 Greetings and pleasantries To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  6. 6. What's in store today? Today we will learn some more common greetings and pleasantries, like good morning, good afternoon, etc… To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  7. 7. Greetings and pleasantries 'Good morning' literally translates to 'Morning peace' in Mandarin To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  8. 8. Greetings and pleasantries Morning (literally, first sun) = Zǎo Peace = 'Ān Thus, literally 'Zǎo'ān' translates to 'Morning peace' To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  9. 9. Tonal tip Zǎo is pronounced using the 'falling rising' tone Lets hear you say Zǎo To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  10. 10. Tonal tip 'Ān is pronounced using a 'high level' tone Lets hear you say 'Ān' To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  11. 11. Greetings and pleasantries Good morning Zǎo'ān To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  12. 12. Greetings and pleasantries Just like in English, where we often use just 'morning' to wish 'good morning'; we can also use 'Zǎo' alone to wish someone 'good morning' To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  13. 13. Moving on... Let's now look at 'Good evening' To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  14. 14. Greetings and pleasantries 'Good evening' literally translates to 'evening good' in Mandarin To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  15. 15. Greetings and pleasantries Evening = Wǎnshàng The word for evening is loosely a combination of two words: Wǎn = Night Shàng = Before However, while writing it is always written as one word : Wǎnshàng To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  16. 16. Tonal tip Wǎn is pronounced using the 'falling rising' tone Lets hear you say Wǎn To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  17. 17. Tonal tip Shàng is pronounced using a falling tone Lets hear you say Shàng To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  18. 18. Greetings and pleasantries Evening = Wǎnshàng Good = Hǎo To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  19. 19. So our phrase translates to... Good evening Wǎnshàng hǎo To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  20. 20. Tonal tip Now, you already know how to say 'Hǎo', let’s bring it together and pronounce Wǎnshàng hǎo Lets hear you say Good evening = Wǎnshàng hǎo Great! Now let's move on and look at 'Good night' To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  21. 21. Greetings and pleasantries 'Good night' literally translates to 'Night peace' in Mandarin To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  22. 22. Greetings and pleasantries Night = Wǎn Peace = Ān Thus, literally 'Wǎn'ān' translates to 'Night peace' To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  23. 23. Tonal tip Wǎn is pronounced using the 'falling rising' tone Lets hear you say Wǎn To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  24. 24. Tonal tip Ān is pronounced using a high level Lets hear you say 'Ān' To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  25. 25. Greetings and pleasantries Good night Wǎn'ān To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  26. 26. Greetings English Mandarin Good morning Zǎo'ān Good afternoon/evening Wǎnshàng hǎo Good night Wǎn'ān To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  27. 27. Let's see if you remember… To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  28. 28. Pick the right option What is the meaning of Zǎo'ān ? 1 2 3 Good morning Good afternoon Good night To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  29. 29. Pick the right option What is the meaning of Zǎo'ān ? 1 2 3 Good morning Good afternoon Good night To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  30. 30. Pick the right option What tone does 'Shàng' carry? 1 2 3 Falling High Rising To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  31. 31. Pick the right option What tone does 'Shàng' carry? 1 2 3 Falling High Rising To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  32. 32. Pick the right option What does the word 'Wǎn' mean? 1 2 3 Night Good Morning To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  33. 33. Pick the right option What does the word 'Wǎn' mean? 1 2 3 Night Good Morning To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  34. 34. Moving on… Now let's move on to some other commonly used greetings in social situations! To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  35. 35. Greetings and pleasantries Very = Tài Good = Hǎo Excess = Le Thus,'Tài hǎo le' translates to 'an excess of goodness' To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  36. 36. Greetings and pleasantries Literally speaking, 'Tài hǎo le' translates to 'very good excess' To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  37. 37. Tonal tip Tài is pronounced with a 'falling' tone Let's try and say it once again, Tài To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  38. 38. Tonal tip Le is pronounced with a neutral tone, we already know how to say hǎo Now let's try and pronounce the whole phrase together! Tài hǎo le, meaning wonderful! To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  39. 39. More greetings Wonderful! Tài hǎo le! To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  40. 40. Culturally speaking Tài hǎo le can be applied to many situations, such as someone agreeing to see you again, someone giving you a business card, etc… To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  41. 41. Moving on… Let's learn another important phrase, that translates to 'How’s everyone today?', or 'Good day, everyone!' Let's see the vocabulary required for this! To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  42. 42. Vocabulary English Mandarin Everyone Dàjiā Good Hǎo To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  43. 43. Pronunciation tip Now that we know the meaning, let’s move on to pronouncing 'Dàjiā' We will start with pronouncing 'Dà' and 'Jiā' separately To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  44. 44. Tonal tip 'Dà' is pronounced using the 'falling' tone To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  45. 45. Tonal tip Let's try and say Dà Once again, with a 'falling' tone - Dà To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  46. 46. Tonal tip 'Jiā' meaning home, is said with a high level tone To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  47. 47. Tonal tip Let's try and say Jiā Once again, with a 'high level' tone Jiā To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  48. 48. Tonal tip Now let's try and pronounce it as one word 'Dàjiā' Great! Now lets add 'Hǎo', to get 'Dàjiā hǎo' To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  49. 49. More greetings Good day, everyone! Dàjiā hǎo! Literally, 'everyone good!' To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  50. 50. Culturally speaking Dàjiā hǎo, is usually used when giving a speech or otherwise addressing a large group of people! To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  51. 51. Moving on… We learnt that to say 'thanks' in Mandarin, we use the phrase 'Xièxie', a common reply to thank you, is by using the phrase 'Nǎ lǐ' It means, 'It was nothing' or 'It's okay!' Let's learn how to say 'Nǎ lǐ' To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  52. 52. Tonal tip 'Nǎ' is pronounced using the 'falling rising' tone To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  53. 53. Tonal tip Let's try and say Nǎ Once again, with a 'falling' tone - Nǎ To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  54. 54. Tonal tip 'Lǐ', is also said with a 'falling rising' tone To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  55. 55. Tonal tip Let's try and say Lǐ Once again, with a 'falling rising' tone Lǐ To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  56. 56. More greetings It's nothing really! Nǎ lǐ! To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  57. 57. Culturally speaking Nǎ lǐ is a standard response to a compliment Do not say 'Xièxie' while replying to a compliment! To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  58. 58. Grammar tip This example of 'Nǎ lǐ' is appropriate to show that even though words in Mandarin have separate meanings of their own, upon clubbing together, they form different meanings 'Nǎ' and 'lǐ' both have different meanings, separately, but together, they imply a reply to 'thank you' To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  59. 59. Let's see if you remember… To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  60. 60. Pick the right option How do we say 'Wonderful' in Mandarin? 1 2 Tài hǎo le Dàjiā hǎo To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  61. 61. Pick the right option How do we say 'Wonderful' in Mandarin? 1 2 Tài hǎo le Dàjiā hǎo To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  62. 62. Pick the right option What tone does 'jiā' carry? 1 2 3 High level Mid rising Falling To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  63. 63. Pick the right option What tone does 'jiā' carry? 1 2 3 High level Mid rising Falling To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  64. 64. Pick the right option How does one reply to compliments in Mandarin? 1 2 3 Nǎ lǐ Jiā lǐ Jiā nǎ To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  65. 65. Pick the right option How does one reply to compliments in Mandarin? 1 2 3 Nǎ lǐ Jiā lǐ Jiā nǎ To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  66. 66. Revision English Mandarin Good morning Zǎo'ān Good afternoon/evening Wǎnshàng hǎo Good night Wǎn'ān Wonderful! Tài hǎo le! Good day, everyone! Dàjiā hǎo! It’s nothing really! Nǎ lǐ! To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  67. 67. Culture Leaf To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  68. 68. Culture leaf Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese calendar It is also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival as it marks the end of the winter season, analogous to the Western Carnival To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  69. 69. Culture leaf It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck On the eve of the Chinese New Year, families make it a point to have a feast together with all the members, they also light up firecrackers all through the night! To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  70. 70. Culture leaf Windows and doors are decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of 'good fortune' or 'happiness', wealth', and 'longevity' To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  71. 71. What's next? In the next lesson, we will have a conversation about meeting new friends! To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  72. 72. Credits Content Team CultureAlley, Sunny Dang http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_new_year Images http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:A_chinese_home _decorated_for_New_Years.jpg Whoisgalt To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin
  73. 73. See you at the Alley! To view this with Audio and practice games, visit www.CultureAlley.com/Mandarin

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