It is time to Express yourself! Before we get started, treat yourself and click the play button below:
Now that were feeling good, let’s learn how to communicate your emotional state in Mandarin
If someone asks you ‘Nǐ hǎo ma?’ this means ‘How are you?’. It literally translates to ‘You good?’.
You can respond by saying ‘Wǒ…’ (I am…):
But some days are better than others, so let’s take it down a notch. We need to get in the mood for the next group of words. Click play below:
|不好||bù hǎo||not good|
|担心||dān xīn||be worry about|
Rember to be polite and ask them how they are. ‘And you?’ ‘nǐ ne’.
Be aware even though many foreigners first learn ‘Ni Hao Ma ?’ Many Chinese people would not actually say this. They may say ‘Ni chi guo le ma ?’ (Have you eaten already?) From what I’ve read it seems in years gone by a good meal was few and far between, hence the need to talk about it daily. This may sound weird but think about this, Brits usually talk about the weather when they first meet, which stems more from custom rather than interest for the weather.
My favourite expression/word is mǎmǎhūhū (马马虎虎) which means so-so. The characters mean “horse horse tiger tiger”, basically it’s neither one nor the other – it’s so-so. To me this is the best sounding word ever. When I was cruising around YouTube, I went down a Youtube rabbit hole, watching video after video… then I found this gem! Enjoy!