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Learn chinese - Lesson 8 - Honorific forms
Honorific forms
In this lesson you will learn the most common honorific forms in Chinese.

Honorific forms

a) Saying hello

你好               nǐ hǎo                     Hi

您好               nín hǎo                  good morning (Sir/Madam all day)

你早               nǐ zǎo                     good morning (a.m., colloqial)

早上好           zǎoshàng hǎo      good morning (a.m.)

你好吗           nǐ hǎo ma              how are you

好久不见       hǎo jiǔ bù jiàn      have not seen you long time

 

b)Saying goodbye

再见              zài jiàn                   goodbye

晚安              wǎn`ān                  good night

明天见          míngtiān jiàn        see you tomorrow

 

c) Acknowledgements

谢谢              xièxiè                     thank you

多谢             duō xiè                   thanks a lot

感谢             gǎnxiè                    thank you very much (polite)

十分感谢     shífēn gǎnxiè        thank you very much (very polite)

 

d) More

请                 qĭng                       please

请问             qĭng wèn              can I ask / excuse me

对不起         duìbuqǐ                 excuse me

不好意思     bù hăoyìsi            I am sorry

麻烦您         máfan nín            sorry to trouble you

不用             bú yòng                you are welcome

没什么         méi shénme       it is nothing

没事             méishì                  that is fine

没关系         méi guānxì          does not matter

Examples
请问,到火车站怎么走?

Qĭng wèn, dào huǒchēzhàn zěnme zŏu?

Excuse me, how can get to the railway station?

 

请坐!谢谢!

Qĭng zuò! Xièxiè!

Please, sit down! Thank you!

 

对不起!没事!

Duìbuqǐ! Méishì!

Excuse me! That is fine!

 

不好意思,我们宾馆没有传真。

Bù hăoyìsi, wŏmen bīnguăn méiyǒu chuánzhēn.

I am sorry, there is no fax in our hotel.

 

没关系,我在网吧用传真。

Méi guānxì, wŏ zài wǎngba yòng chuánzhēn.

That is fine, I will use the fax at internet cafe.

 

New words
问                          wèn                         to ask

到                          dào                          to / to get to

火车站                  huǒchēzhàn           railway station

怎么走                  zěnme zŏu              how to get

怎么                      zěnme                     how

走                          zŏu                           to go

坐                          zuò                           to sit

宾馆                      bīnguăn                  hotel

没有                      méiyǒu                   do not have

有                          yǒu                          have

传真                      chuánzhēn            faks

在                           zài                          here: in

网吧                       wǎngba                internet cafe

用                            yòng to                use