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
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Good luck on your journey!
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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