In today's lesson, I want to teach everyone how to introduce themselves, please listen to this MP3 below:
(This Podcast is from Chineselearnonline Lesson 2 Greetings, please open their page for more learning material and also you can download their free podcast from iphone, it's free)
Every lesson, they have Vocabulary, Complete, Notes, Hints and Tips for you to learn.
i.e. nǐ hǎo
nǐ hǎo ma?
wǒ hěn hǎo
tā hǎo ma?
tā hěn hǎo
This is a very good material for you guys to learn. Every lesson they have 3 kinds of transcript, 1 pinyin transcript, 2 simplified Chinese transcript, 3 Traditional transcript.
I want everybody to listen to this Podcast without transcript, and then the second time listen to this Podcast with the pinyin transcript, if you want to challenge yourself you can choose either traditional chinese or simplified chinese to read while listening. This is a very good practice and I want everybody do that for homework.
The literal translation is "you good". Many adjectives in Chinese also function as verbs. So here, "good" also functions as "to be good".
Nǐ hǎo ma?
This is asked more seriously than in English, where we casually ask "how are you?" It is usually asked of people you haven’t seen for a long time.
Wǒ hěn hǎo
The hěn has a lighter meaning than "very" in English, so here, hěn hǎo could mean "pretty good." ©2009 www.chineselearnonline.com Lesson 2 Vocabulary & Notes Page 4/4
Nǐ Wǒ Tā
Note: while the pronunciation of tā for he and she is the same, when written there are separate characters for he (他) and she(她).
Note: When the same character is repeated as in the above example, the second one frequently adopts a neutral tone
The literal meaning is "again meet" or see you again (later)
Culture Note: When greeting someone in China, it is common to bow your head. For formal occasions, they will also shake hands as in the West. When businessmen meet it is obligatory to exchange business cards. "
( I copy and paste for this section from their learning material, it's free to download it for everyone, so please do so cus that help a lot for your learning)
Hints and Tips
"Make a list of all the reasons you have for wanting to learn Chinese. Perhaps you could
structure this list into what good things will happen to you if you were able to speak
Chinese. Imagine yourself in that situation - having reached your goals. What would it
feel like? Now make a list of what would happen if you didn’t reach those goals. What
would it be like to be in the same situation but not knowing how to speak Chinese? From
time to time when you get frustrated in your learning attempts (a point we all get to at
some stage), come back to this list for motivation." from Chineselearnonline
Homework : I want everybody to ask one question, leave a comment below in the page of their lession 2 Greetings. Use that material of their page, and if you have iphone or ipad, please download their free podcast, For those who use thier resources and ask 5 questions in their page, I will give you a free 15 skype chinese lessons, hurry up, take the chance.