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Please in Chinese

Please in Chinese Video

If you want to know how to say please in Chinese, take a moment to watch this video that gives the Chinese phrase, the characters, and the PinYin for saying please in Chinese.

Saying Please in Chinese


The common phrase for please in Chinese is 请 (qǐng) said with the falling and rising third tone. This Chinese character usually begins the sentence and is used for making a polite request.


There is also another phrase for please in Chinese that’s not used quite as often. When you are pleading with someone or begging them, then you would use 拜托了(bài tuō le) instead.  Although you probably won’t hear or use this phrase as often, it still is important to know when you’re in a desperate situation.

What is Elderly in Chinese?

“Lăo” is the character used to express old (as in elderly).  Notice that in Chinese culture, the elderly are highly respected.  Therefore, you will also find related terms to hold a good connotation (like the word used for “old friends”).

old in Chinese

“Lăo” is also used for teacher and master.  However, there are numerous words formed with this character.

What is Young in Chinese?

Two characters together convey the meaning of young in Chinese. These two characters are “nián qīng” said with the rising second tone and the level first tone. The first character is pronounced like “knee” + “en” as in enter, while the second tone is pronounced like “ch” + “ing.”

young in Chinese“Nián” literally means year, while “qīng” means light.

How to Say Old in Chinese

This is not the character to use when referring to the elderly. Please see “lao.”

The idea of being old and worn is depicted with the character “jiù” which is said with the falling fourth tone and pronounced a little like “geo.”

old, used in Chinese

Words that also use this character can be found here.

What’s New in Chinese?

Fresh, recent, up-to-date, and new are all words that are represented by the character “xīn.” “Xīn” is said with the level, first tone and pronounced like “sheen.”

new in Chinese

Other related terms can be seen here.

What’s Dark in Chinese?

“Àn” is said with the falling fourth tone, and pronounced like “on.”  (This is the Chinese character for dark).

dark in Chinese

To see other words that use this character, click here.

Bright in Chinese

The character for bright in Chinese (or even shiny) is “liàng.” This character is said with the falling fourth tone and pronounced “lee” + “ong.”

bright in Chinese

Other words that include this character can be found here…

What’s Weak in Chinese?

Weak in Chinese is represented by the character “ruò.” It is said with the falling fourth tone and pronounced like something between “roo” + “aw” and “raw.”

weak in Chinese

Related terms can be seen here.

Strong and Powerful

How do you express power and strength in Chinese?  Of course, there are many ways, but the character most often used is “qiáng.”  This character for strong (as it relates to strength, not taste or odor) is “qiáng,” said with the rising second tone and pronounced much like “chee” + “ong.”

strong in ChineseTo see other words that also use this character, continue reading here.

Hard in Chinese

As it relates to hard or stiff, the Chinese character “yìng” is used.  (This is NOT the term for difficult or challenging)!  Said with the falling fourth tone, as you say this term it should sound as though you are letting out a sigh of relief, but pronounced much like “ye” + “ing”.

hard in Chinese

For related terms, continue reading here.