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.
There’s just no underestimating the importance of the tones as you are speaking the Chinese language. Of course, the trick is to either
- think of them as though you are singing OR
- associate the tones with sounds you already know in English.
So, here’s my attempt at making this as easy as possible.
- 1st TONE is pretty annoying and sounds like when you say “Aaahhhhhhhhhh” at the doctor’s or dentist’s office.
- 2nd TONE is like asking a question because your voice rises at the end–like asking, “Huh?”
- 3rd TONE is a little complex because it falls & rises, but is close to the sound of exasperation or frustration, “Oh!” or “No!”
- 4th TONE is like a sigh of relief because your voice falls slowly over time.
To listen to the four tones briefly, click here.
Overview of Learning Chinese
Knowing how the Chinese language is different from English is the first step toward success in Mandarin Chinese! Once you have a basic understanding of these differences, then it becomes easy to focus on the essentials.
- This language focuses on ideas rather than individual words.
- Chinese characters are the way to express these ideas.
- Others will only be able to understand your Chinese when you use tones that are a lot like singing.
- Mandarin Chinese has four tones.
- Once tones are mastered, PinYin will be the best way to master Chinese sounds.
The Essentials of Learning Chinese
To become fluent in Mandarin, being able to speak the four tones is crucial! (If you can’t speak them, no one will know what you’re saying)! Once tones become like second nature, you’ll be ready to move on to the “alphabet” of the Chinese language–which is PinYin.
So, in review, focus on
(Click on the links above for more detailed information on these topics). Of course, if you’re ready to learn Chinese fast, then download my free study guide by clicking on the study guide to the right.
Good luck on your journey!
How to Ask Questions in Chinese
If you’ve ever wondered how to ask a question in Chinese, then join the rest of us who often must pause to figure out whether or not we’re asking it correctly! Indeed, you’ll find that asking questions in Chinese is actually easier than in English. It is, however, something you need to get used to in order to do well.
How to Ask Questions
In English, you can start with the question like, “What is her name?” When you answer this in English, you have to reorder the sentence by beginning with the end in stating, “Her name is ________.” In this case, to properly answer the question, you are required to reorder the sentence pattern.
In Mandarin, the sentence structure is kept the same as for a statement, but you replace the answer with the question word. So, “What is her name?” changes to “Her name is what?” From this example, you can then see how the name of the person will easily slide in and replace the “what.”
Let’s Practice with a Few Questions…
- What color is this?
- How many photos did you take?
- Where are you going?
Next, we’ll examine these questions in light of Chinese grammar. How was it rearranging the above questions? (The statements related to these questions will help you in properly ordering the question).
To get the answers to these questions, click here.
“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”).
“Lăo” is also used for teacher and master. However, there are numerous words formed with this character.
To get started with how to say hello in Chinese, it’s important to know PinYin (the romanization/phonetics/alphabet) of the Chinese language.
For example, you can see what the PinYin looks like by viewing the letters written beneath the characters:
The pronunciation is similar to “knee how,” but notice that there are also markings above some of the vowels. This let’s you know the tone to use when speaking the words in Chinese. The tone marking you see above is known as the third tone or the “falling and rising tone.” That is because your voice must fall and rise in pitch in order to say the tone correctly. For more on how to Learn to Speak Chinese , read this eBook on your tablet with the Kindle app.
You’ll see what I mean by taking a look at this video on hello in Chinese . . .
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