The Chinese Alphabet

Video on the Chinese Alphabet

Knowing the Chinese alphabet makes learning Chinese A LOT easier! With video, it’s even simpler.

But before we take off learning the Chinese alphabet, you should probably know that, technically, there’s no such thing. The Chinese language isn’t phonetic, so they don’t really have an alphabet.  However, linguists did come up with a blending system to make learning Mandarin Chinese easier.

The Chinese Alphabet is Really Chinese PinYin

So, the blending system that is used to represent the sounds of Chinese is called Chinese PinYin.  This system has two categories of blends

  • PinYin Initials
  • PinYin Finals

As is intuitive, the Initials usually begin the sound for a character. The Finals, then, generally end the sound for a Chinese character. In general it takes an initial and a final to form the sound for a Chinese character.

Initial + Final = Chinese Character

Because Chinese characters are the basis for reading and writing in Chinese, it truly is essential to learn the Chinese alphabet!

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Please in Chinese

Video on Please in Chinese

Saying please in Chinese can be accomplished with one Chinese character, 请 (qǐng). But, knowing when and where to use it AND what it should sound like isn’t quite as simple. That’s why a video on please in Chinese is the easiest way to learn this phrase in Mandarin Chinese.

Chinese Character for Please in Chinese

To see the Chinese character for please in Chinese, take a look at the graphic below. The Chinese character is pictured above while the Chinese PinYin is given below for ease of saying please in Chinese. Still for those not familiar with Chinese PinYin, you’ll find that please in Chinese is said much like “ching,” but said with the falling and rising third tone. Basically, it sounds a lot like a grunt if you ask me!

please in Chinese

Still, this is the way that please is said in Chinese. For those who want a few details on how to use it in a sentence, keep reading.

Using Please in Chinese

Although please in Chinese only uses one Chinese character, there are a few things that you should know about saying please in Chinese.

  1. Use please at the beginning of a sentence or request
  2. For a more emphatic form of please, use the alternate 拜托了.

How Are You in Chinese

Video: How Are You in Chinese

To say how are you in Chinese, take a moment to watch this brief video on this Mandarin Chinese phrase. In just a couple minutes, you’ll be saying how are you in Chinese.

Polite Phrase for How Are You in Chinese

In formal situations or greeting others politely, use 你好吗? (Nǐ hǎo ma?) for how are you in Chinese. When greeting those in authority or someone older than you, use this phrase for how are you. Finally, if you first meet someone or don’t know them well, you should also use this version for how are you in Chinese.

How Are You in Chinese

Familiar Phrase for How Are You in Chinese

When you know someone well, feel free to use 你怎么样? (Nǐ zěn me yàng?) for how are you in Chinese. In using this Chinese phrase, it’s closer to asking, “How’s it going?” or “How have you been?” for how are you in Chinese.

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How Can I Say Narrow in Chinese?

Unexpectedly, this Chinese character (which means narrow), also has a few of exactly the same connotations as in English. “Zhai,” stated using the falling and increasing third tone, is pronounced “j” + “eye.”

narrow in Chinese

Some other meanings for “zhai” include

  • narrow-minded
  • petty
  • not well off

Like a lot of the other adjectives, it is not required to incorporate “is” when employing “zhai” as a predicate adjective as in

  • This road is narrow.
  • The alley is too narrow.

Rather, simply use the adjective following the noun

  • This road narrow.
  • Alley as well narrow.

That is, naturally, unless you are highlighting the reality, then you definitely can use the “shì….de” grammatical option (with “zhai” in among).

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How Do I Say Thin in Chinese?

WARNING: This character can’t be used in reference to an individual to mean that he or she is slim and trim! Rather, use “shòu” for this.

The Chinese character for thin (when referring to objects) is “bó” which can alternatively be pronounced also as “báo” said with the rising second tone.  The initial pronunciation is “b” + “wo” (which can be between “woah” and “wow”) even though the second is “b” + “ou” as in “ouch.”

thin in Chinese

You will appreciate the list of possibilities for making use of this character!

  • flimsy
  • weak
  • shabbily
  • infertile ground (as in thin topsoil)
  • slight
  • meager
  • ungenerous

How to Say Thick in Chinese

Whilst some may possibly count on that “thick” could also be utilized to express difficulty in understanding an idea, that connotation is really best left for the character for “late or slow.” Actually, the character for thick carries the optional meanings for thick are

  • crass,
  • brazen,
  • shameless, or
  • impudent.

“Hòu” is said together with the falling fourth tone and said like the word “ho” or “hoe.”

thick in Chinese

“Hòu” is the Chinese character for thick, particularly because it relates for the thickness of an object or piece of material. Some other meanings for “hòu” demonstrate its positive attributes.

  • depth
  • kindness
  • sincerity
  • good will
  • adoration

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Say Late in Chinese

One particular Chinese character for late in Chinese is “chí.” This character is said with all the rising second tone and pronounced as “ch” + “er.”

late in Chinese

If combined with the character for early, “chí” + “zao” might be utilized to mean both sooner or later and early or late (as in “Don’t come early or late to dinner.”). Other definitions could possibly be tardy or slow (either sluggish or dim-witted), depending around the context.

When combined with other characters, you might locate such terms as

  • dusk,
  • twilight, or
  • hesitation.

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