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So, you've made the decision to learn Chinese. Well done- it's the first step of many! Now the hard part begins - you actually have to learn it! One of the first things you'll need to learn is how to say 'Hello'. In Chinese, 'hello' is ‘你好' and is pronounced 'nǐ hǎo'. This common greeting can be used at any time of the day. *NOTE : In Chinese, when two third tones characters are next to each other, the first character takes on the second tone so 你好 is actually pronounced 'níhǎo'! It is a composite of the characters 你 nǐ which means 'you' and 好 hǎo which means 'good'. So, literally, the phrase means 'you good'.
@onesmile Here's the article for the tones - I hope you find it useful, let me know what you think
@caricakes That's right; it's the same character. In Chinese, there are radicals which, when combined together, make up characters. The radical for 'child' is 子 and the radical for 'mother' 女 is , when the Chinese script was first being created, they believed mother + child was a 'good' thing so 女 + 子 = 好。 In Japanese, this becomes 好き (すき)to like
@onesmile A card on tones - fantastic idea! I'll put a card up in the Chinese language collection in the next few days. You generally start learning tones from Day 1 but trust me, it's a long time before you actually start getting them right! (For the first few months of learning Chinese, I used to just make it up as I went along - much to the amusement of my Chinese friends..!!) I'll let you know when the card is out :)
I dont know any Chinese, but the symbol for hao is the same one used in the Japanese verb 'to like' so it keeps sort of the same meaning!
@acrossthesea sweet, I'll check it out now!
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