What Are Some Chinese Words?


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Some Chinese words are "shi," "bu shi," "xie xie," "bu yong xie" and "qing." Other Chinese words are "zai jian, "fa yuv," "wov," "wov men" and "niv."

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What Are Some Chinese Words?
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As of June 2015, Mandarin Chinese is the most commonly spoken language on Earth. Understanding basic Chinese words can be a useful skill. The words "shi" and "bu shi" mean "yes" and "no" respectively. "Xie xie" and "bu yong xie" are the Mandarin words for "thank you" and "you're welcome" respectively. "Qing" means "please" in Mandarin Chinese.

Other words of importance include "zai jian" meaning "goodbye," "fa huv" meaning the French language, "wov" meaning "I" and "wov men" meaning "we." Mandarin has more noticeable distinctions between formal and informal language when compared to English. For instance, the word "niv" is the singular casual version of the word "you" whereas "nin" is the singular formal version of the same word. "Niv men" is the general plural form of "you."

Some nouns for everyday items are "ming xin pian" for the word "postcard," "you piao" for "stamps," "wuv can" for "lunch," "mian bao" for "bread" and "cha" for "tea." Some words for locations are "you ju" signifying a post office, "bo wu guanv" signifying a museum, "yin hang" meaning "bank" and "yao fang" meaning "pharmacy."

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