Chinese Phrases

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December 16, 2016

 

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We asked native-language speakers from different regions of China (Zhenyu Tan and Wenchao Shangguan from Beijing, Peixian Xu from Anhui, and Xiao Zhen Xue from Taiwan) to record these phrases so you can hear slight variations in pronunciations. You may want to learn the proper, “standard” pronunciation, but language is spoken by real people with accents and manners that are not “standard.” To speak Chinese like a native speaker, you need to hear how people from different regions of China talk. Even in Beijing, one in three permanent residents came from outside Beijing. Listening to our recordings will prepare you to communicate well with Chinese even if they have accents.

 

Phrase #1

Chinese character: 我
Chinese character: 愛
Chinese character: 你

I love you

我愛你 (wǒ ài nǐ)

Simplified: 我爱你

 

我 (wǒ) means I, me, my. Have you heard of “Woe is me?” So wǒ is me.

愛 (ài) means love, affection, to love, to be fond of or keen on, to treasure, to be apt to.

你 (nǐ) means you.

 

The traditional character of love, 愛 (ài), has a top to bottom structure consists of several parts.

 

The very top is 爪 (zhǎo), meaning claw. Then 冖 (mì), represents a cover. Then 心 (xīn), meaning heart. The bottom is 夊 (suī), meaning to walk slowly.

 

Maybe the meaning of love is to capture (claw) and protect (cover) one’s heart and take the time walking with the person through thick and thin. It’s a great concept, isn’t it.

Because my family is so important to me, I always tell them, 我愛你 (wǒ ài nǐ).

 

Chinese character: 不
Chinese character: 要
Chinese character: 放
Chinese character: 棄Simplified Chinese: 弃
Phrase #2

 

Don’t give up!

不要放棄 (búyào fàngqì)

Simplified: 不要放弃

 

不要 (búyào) means don't.

放棄 (fàngqì) means to abandon, to give up, to back down, to abstain from, to forgo, to put away, to get out of, to surrender, or to renounce.

 

Example: My dad is trying to lose some weight but is getting discouraged. I motivate him by saying, 不要放棄 (búyào fàngqì).

 

 

Phrase #3

Chinese character: 謝Simplified Chinese: 谢
Chinese character: 謝Simplified Chinese: 谢
Chinese character: 你

Thank you

謝謝你 (Xièxiè nǐ)

Simplified: 谢谢你

 

謝謝 (xièxiè) means thanks, thank you, thanks a lot, a vote of thanks.

Example: It feels good to do a favor for someone and hear them say, 謝謝你 (xièxiè nǐ).

 

 

Sprinkle Chinese Phrases in Your Music

 

What can you do with the audio files? You can add them to your music playlists. When you shuffle songs in your playlist, you can randomly hear Mandarin Chinese phrases between the songs. It’s a great way to sprinkle nutritional Chinese phrases into your daily music intake!

 

Master One Phrase Each Day


Try this and you will master the 100 important Chinese phrases in 3 months!

 

  1. Read the descriptions of a phrase in the morning, either the first thing or around your breakfast time.
  2. Listen carefully to all 4 voice clips and notice the slightly different intonations, tones, or pronunciations. Repeat as many times as you want.
  3. Pronounce the phrase yourself, also as many times as you want.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 around lunch time. It should only take a couple of minutes, but those couple of minutes will make a major difference in your language learning.
  5. Repeat again around dinner time. Tying your phrase learning to your existing routine (meal times) helps you form the habit with little effort.
  6. Throughout the day, think of someone you can say the phrase to. Actually say it to the person—in person, via phone, leaving a voice message, recording and sending via email—or imagine yourself saying it. This will help you commit it to memory.
  7. Review it before you go to bed.

 

Why We Made This

 

Many language learning apps and books start from a non-native speaker’s perspective: The publishers create a list of phrases they think people want to say and then hire translators to translate them into Chinese. The resulting Chinese phrases you learn sometimes sound awkward to Chinese because although they are grammatically correct, they are not said the way a native speaker would say them.

 

We developed a different approach. We crafted a list of phrases that Chinese are actually using and explain how a Chinese speaker uses them. We also provide multiple audio clips from both male and female native speakers from different regions of China to give you a good representation of how these phrases are actually pronounced.

 

Enjoy 100 most loved Chinese phrases helpfully explained word-for-word and pronounced by 4 beautiful voices (400 clips total) in this collection. These are the most useful Chinese phrases you will ever learn, and you will benefit tremendously from using them daily.

 

100 Mandarin Phrases Every Chinese Loves to Hear You Say (Digital Download) is the new and improved way to learn Chinese. It is the ONLY Chinese language learning collection that focused on the 100 most important Chinese phrases that you should know with in-depth character-by-character explanation and 4 real professional audio recordings per phrase, total 400 audio clips. Instead of stuffing your brain with boring words that nobody really cares, how about mastering top 100 phrases that most Chinese value and eager to hear?

 

Real Life

 

We asked native-language speakers from different regions of China to record these phrases so you can hear slight variations in pronunciations. You may want to learn the proper, “standard” pronunciation, but language is spoken by real people with accents and manners that are not “standard.” To speak Chinese like a native speaker, you need to hear how people from different regions of China talk. Even in Beijing, one in three permanent residents came from outside Beijing. Listening to our recordings will prepare you to communicate well with Chinese even if they have accents.

 

Real Learning

 

In this collection, you will learn 100 most important phrases that empower you to:

 

  • WIN the heart of your love,
  • ENCOURAGE your friends,
  • MANAGE your bosses,
  • MOTIVATE your employees,
  • MAKE LASTING IMPRESSIONS with any Chinese person you encounter.

 

Take 5 minutes to learn a phrase each day. Soon you will master the 100 most important Mandarin Chinese phrases that every Chinese loves to hear you say and you will use for a life time. Start today!

 

Features

 

100 Most Important Phrase: Master 100 phrases, including 120 words and 156 characters, all with the innovative story telling style that allow you to easily remember without memorization.

 

400 Audio Clips: Hear authentic pronunciations of each phrase recorded by 4 different native Chinese speakers. Two from Beijing (northern China, both male and female), 1 from Anhui (middle China, male), and 1 from Taiwan (southern China, female).

 

No Internet Access Required and No Restrictions: For your quick anytime and anywhere access, you can download these Mandarin Chinese mp3 audio phrases and sync them with your Windows PC, iMac, MacBook, iPod, iPhone, iPad, or Android for your personal use with no restrictions!

 

One-Month Intensive Learning

 

The best way to learn these 100 phrases solidly is to focus on just one phrase a day and actually find a person to say it to, whether he or she knows Chinese or not. You might remember even more if you have to explain to the person what it means. Tagging your friends on Facebook or tweeting a phrase a day will help you keep track of your progress as well.

 

If you’re in a hurry, here’s a suggested intensive learning regimen:

 

  • Learn one phrase before or during your breakfast.
  • Learn another phrase at lunch time.
  • Learn a third phrase at dinner time.
  • Email, Facebook update, tweet, or call someone to practice your phrases at any time.
  • Review all three phrases before you go to bed.

 

Download these Chinese phrases audio files for free (3 phrases recorded by 4 so 12 files total)

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