Video Lesson: Greetings (Newbie, Module 1)

OK. You know this is an important meeting and you are eager to greet someone in Chinese. This lesson shows the most basic expressions to do so. You will also learn that the Chinese way to say “hello” is actually “you” “good”, and “good morning” is "morning good!”
Lita says
Hi Elli,
I am new here... just a couple of days, but I think it's a cool place, very interesting to learn Chinese. Wo jiào Rita. Renshi ni wo hen gaoxing !
wo shi Rita (Lita :)) and I'm Italian. wo zài  Milan xuexi Hanyu . Ni shì na guoren ?
Ni shuo Yingyu ye Yidaliyu? Zai jian.
February 25, 2013 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to Lita
Hi Rita, 
Wǒ yě hěn gāoxìng rènshi nǐ! Glad to meet you, too! 
Wǒ shì Ellie. Wǒ shì Zhōngguórén. Wǒ zài Xī'ān. Wǒ shuō Hànyǔ, Yīngyǔ hé yì diǎnr Yìdàlìyǔ. I speak Chinese, English and a little Italian. Ciao!
 In Chinese we use "hé" to express "and," and "yě" means also/too. 
So you can say "Nǐ huì shuō Yīngyǔ hé Yìdàlìyǔ ma?" Can you speak English and Italian?
I can speak a little Italian because I often watch Serie A. Italian football  is an art!
"Nǐ xǐhuan nǎ yí gè qiúduì?" Which team do you like best? :)
February 26, 2013 Reply
Lita in reply to Ellie_Chinese teacher
Ni hao Eliie? Ni zenmeyang? Wo hen xihuan Hanyu he xiang qu Zhonguo. (when I'll be able to face the long fly) :)
Wo shi Milanren he xihuan Inter he Milan ! (both my city teams).
Ni de jia zai Xì an? Guilin is in Xì an ? My husband has gone to Guilin for his job and told me it's a wonderful place.
Ni Ji suì le? Wo 56 sui! Wo you ling ge nuer. Y ge jiao Valentina he Arianna. Valentina 23 suì, Arianna 20 suì.
Zhou muo kuaìle ! I sent you a photo: wo he wode xiansheng Giò!
February 28, 2013 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to Lita
Hi Rita. Glad to see you again! Yeah, this time is "see" you. lol  
Yes, you're right. "Wǒ de jiā zài Xī'ān. Wǒ shì Xī'ān rén." Guìlín is not in Xi'an. Both of them are cities. Guìlín is in Guangxi province, and Xi'an is in Shaanxi province. Guilin is very famous for its natural scenery and Xi'an is famous for the places of interest. 
"Wǒ jīnnián 25 suì le." I'm a little older than your two daughters. (liǎng gè nǚ'ér) :)
You look happy with your husband. Do you often travel with him?
February 28, 2013 Reply
takak says
Hi Ellie
zao shang hao? Everydody studys well. zaijian
Takako
February 15, 2013 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to takak
Hi Takako, zǎoshang hǎo. May I ask where are you? Maybe I should say wǎnshang hǎo to you. :) 
February 20, 2013 Reply
joseph6704 says
I forgot tell you that I can only write a few sentencesin Chinese language, such as: wo hen hao, wan an, shou mo kuail le, I got a notebook with some basic Chinese salutations, I will write them later, ok see you soon! teacher.
January 7, 2012 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to joseph6704
 Hey Joseph, it's great to hear from you again and furthermore,  extremely exciting to see that you already know how to write any words at all! Some students certainly find that one of the more challenging aspects of Chinese. I think it's a good learning method to keep a notebook handy while studying another language. I have one myself for English. By the way, you wrote "shou mo kuail le." I believe you meant "zhōu mò kuài lè!" (Happy weekend!)  :)
January 11, 2012 Reply
joseph6704 in reply to Ellie_Chinese teacher
Hello teacher, ni hao?, yes I tried to say zhou mo kuai le(happy weekend), so thank you so much for correct, but there is one thing I don't understand, the phonetic tones, I think that they are very difficult for me, because my mother tongue is Spanish and my second one is English, as you can see I prompting or I'm trying to learn some Chinese sentences, that's why I keep a notebook with some of them, ok teacher Ellie, best wishes from Mexico, have a great evening! see you soon, zai jian!
February 28, 2012 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to joseph6704
The phonetic tones aren’t initially easy for a non-native speaker, just stay persistent and I’m sure you’ll be speaking in no time. :)Huí tóu jiàn! (Hasta luego. See you later.)
February 28, 2012 Reply
joseph6704 says
Ok sorry teacher but  I think   I made some written mistakes, I just want to tell you that these Chinese lesson are very helpful for newbies of chinese learning, so , I send my best wishes from Mexico, and I hope to be here for a great while, thank you teacher, xie xie!, zai jian!
January 7, 2012 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to joseph6704
Xiè xie nǐ Joseph! Te doy mis felicidades de China. : ) Forget about the written mistakes, I think you were too excited to notice them while you were writing. lol 
January 11, 2012 Reply
joseph6704 in reply to Ellie_Chinese teacher
Hello teacher Ellie, your Spanish is good, let's make a deal you teach me Chinese, I teach you Spanish and English, what do you think about it ?, ok hasta luego, see you later! adios! by-bye, zai jian!
February 28, 2012 Reply
joseph6704 in reply to joseph6704
oh, when you say congratulations from China in Spanish, you need to write, (Felicidades! desde China) ok bye teacher
February 28, 2012 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to joseph6704
Haha... Tài hǎo le! (Great!) Adios. (Zài jiàn.)
February 28, 2012 Reply
joseph6704 says
Hi TEACHER tHNK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR BASIC CHINESE PHRASES, they are very useful fo
r mexican people who really wantto earn Chinese, so this is my first words, ni hao, xie xie, zai jian
January 7, 2012 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to joseph6704
Hi Joseph, "bú yòng xiè!" You’re very welcome! I'm happy our videos could help. Keep up your enthusiasm and stay diligent with watching the lessons. You've taken a great step forward.   
January 11, 2012 Reply
ranougaranou says
hi
December 9, 2011 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to ranougaranou
Hi ranougaranou,
Ni hao!
Is there anything that I can help you with?
December 14, 2011 Reply
ranougaranou in reply to Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher)
Hello! Yes please, give me a soft which could help me to improve my chinese. 谢谢 您
December 15, 2011 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to ranougaranou
Hey ranougaranou,
When learning Chinese, listening and speaking are in particular very important. First, it might help if you imitate how Chinese speak. It can help your pronunciation and generally make your accent more authentic. You should also set yourself up with a strong understanding and ability to recognize tones. If you pair that with some exercises in learning Pinyin, or the Romanization of Chinese characters, the importance of tones might be more apparent and easily digested. To extend your vocabulary, you should start with a few words and phrases to use in everyday life, then work up to perhaps putting sticky notes on things around your house in order to remember their Chinese translation. Also, if your desire to learn is beyond simple survival Chinese, I’d suggest you start off learning a few characters from the beginning. You’ll thank yourself later down the road.
Hope that helps for starters!
December 16, 2011 Reply
samson harry in reply to ranougaranou
hi how are u  ? Ni hao
December 12, 2011 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to samson harry
Hi Samson,
Ni hao!
我很好。(Wǒ hěn hǎo.) I’m great. How are you?
December 14, 2011 Reply
ranougaranou in reply to samson harry
I am fine. I would like to learn chinese very much. I would like also to discuss directly with you. Thank you
December 15, 2011 Reply
ranougaranou in reply to Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher)
我 也 很 好. Where do you live?
December 15, 2011 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to ranougaranou
Hi ranougaranou,
I live in Xi’an, China. I think it’s actually a pretty cool place to live. There’s a lot of famous artifacts, like the Terra Cotta Soldiers, and history all around. Yourself? Where do you live and have you ever visited China?
December 16, 2011 Reply
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