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Lesson 1 How Should I Address You?

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In this lesson, you will learn how to ask "What's your name?" in Chinese.

By the end of the lesson, you'll know how to answer that question. You'll also learn a special Chinese way of talking about last names/family names.

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In this lesson, you will learn how to ask "What's your name?" in Chinese.

By the end of the lesson, you'll know how to answer that question. You'll also learn a special Chinese way of talking about last names/family names.

Comments (229)

To interviewee C the host says: "sūn xiān sheng, nǐ hǎo". It seems kind of odd to me that she's addressing him as Mr. Sun, but at the same time uses nǐ instead of nín. Is there any reason behind this/when would you address someone using xiān sheng and nǐ instead of xiān sheng and nín?
BioCycle 1 week 4 days ago
I think I've heard 问 pronounced with a soft "v", almost like "ven". Is this some sort of dialect or were they just pronouncing 问 wrong? Thanks!
Nick T 1 month 13 hours ago
Good ear! Yeah, sometimes you will it pronounced this way - in fact quite a bit in some parts of China! It seems to be more common in the north than the south. Technically it's not 'standard' but it's common, so fair game. :)
Jason at Yoyo Chinese 4 weeks 1 day ago
I would love anki decks for the intermediate course too! :)
Eric Lixey 2 months 3 days ago
Hi Eric! We are actually hard at work on a new version of the website that will include vocabulary practice and quizzing for each lesson, intermediate included! So keep an eye out for that :)
Jason at Yoyo Chinese 2 months 3 days ago
Great website to learn Chinese but very disappointing that intermediate lessons have no ready-made flash cards.
feelforlanguages 4 months 2 weeks ago
Sorry for the inconvenience, we're working on developing our own flashcards right now! They'll be released with our website redesign, so please stay tuned! We'll let our students know as soon as we know more. :)
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 4 months 2 weeks ago
Thank you for your response. By the way, any estimate release date available for your flashcards?
feelforlanguages 4 months 2 weeks ago
Not yet, but we'll be sure to let our students know ASAP! :)
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 4 months 2 weeks ago
Hello, I am starting today the intermediate course I really enjoyed the Beginner's. The combination of different resources for each lesson really speeds up my learning (video, audio, anki, pdf, street, etc.) I see in this blog that about a year ago your were working on Anki cards for this course. When will you have them? I feel they are very necessary to reinforce each lesson. thanks!
laldana 5 months 1 week ago
Making your own flash cards is really good study too and pretty easy with the anki app or on the computer once you have chinese character input set up! You can even easily record either yourself or Yang Yang saying the words and attach it to the flash card in the mobile app! Happy to help you with instructions if you can't find how to do it (on iOS anyway, not familiar with android app). :-)
Nomis H 4 months 2 weeks ago
Hi Nomis, wow thanks for your generous offer to help out another fellow student! :) If you have the instructions on hand, we'd love to update our own Anki instructions for iOS.
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 4 months 2 weeks ago
I can look into making some this weekend and send them to you :-)
Nomis H 4 months 2 weeks ago
No worries if you can't, but that'll be awesome! Thanks Simon!
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 4 months 1 week ago
Hi Leonardo Aldana! Thanks for your kind words, and we hope you enjoy the Intermediate course as much, if not more than our Beginner's course! Instead of making Intermediate Anki cards, we've decided to make our own flashcard and quizzes. They will be released in our website redesign, which we have been working on developing. We're going to run more tests soon, and depending on how those go, we'll know more about the release date! :)
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 5 months 1 week ago
Hi Yoyo chinese, may I ask where to watch "related videos" as mentioned in the homework assignment? Thanks
trangtnha 5 months 1 week ago
Hi, welcome to the Intermediate course! There isn't any for this lesson, but when there are related lessons, they will be found on the bottom of the lecture notes. Hope that helps! :)
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 5 months 1 week ago
Xìng is obviously according to the lecture notes last name or family name. How do I say, as a follow up question (in an appropriate situation): "And your first name?"
gbjdal 9 months 3 days ago
I have completed my beginner lessons but i want to ask you one thing i have not seen all grammer lessons , should i first see all grammer lessons or i should just go with course and all grammer will be completed itself , In grammer i have done till lesson 33(complement of results) ,
Tarun Jain 9 months 2 weeks ago
Hi Tarun, you should go through the rest of the Grammar Course by itself too, I don't think the Intermediate includes all of them as part of the 6 month schedule. You're already almost half way there with 33! :)
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 9 months 2 weeks ago
Hi, just started this course. I met with a Chinese language exchange partner today (from Beijing but living in London). She said that to ask someone "ni jiao shen me mingzi?" in China would be considered really quite rude, even with qing wen before it. She reckoned "nin gui xing" was much better, for any situation, not just formal, and the person would probably reply "mian gui xing wang, jiao wo ..."
tomfreeman 10 months 3 weeks ago
She was saying that if you ask "nin gui xing", it leaves it open for the other person to say if they want to be called "wang xiansheng", or if they prefer to be called by their personal / less formal name. Whereas if you ask "ni jiao shen me mingzi?" it's rather forcing the person to be familiar when they might not want to be. So would be considered rude / impolite. Any comments?
tomfreeman 10 months 3 weeks ago
If you are speaking in a business/professional context, I'd say yes, use 您贵姓 (nín guì xìng) to be safe. A good litmus test would be nin/ni. For example, I wouldn't call anyone younger or a peer in a social context 您 (nǐn), but I'd use it to be safe with anyone older/professional/formal context. Actually now that I think about it, as a Millennial I don't think I've ever been asked 您贵姓 (nín guì xìng). Also, good job on getting more practice, 加油 (jiā yóu) keep it up!
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 10 months 3 weeks ago
Hi Yang yang, how to download all conversational beginner audio lessons at once? I couldn't find it in the download center. Thank you!
nguyentnga.vn 11 months 4 days ago
Hi! They are in 3 zip files under Audio Files in the Download Center. You can search for "Beginner Conversational Audio Review " Sorry the files are too big to email, but please let us know if you can't find them!
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 11 months 1 day ago
Thank you Jenny, but I mean the separate audio lessons that "go when you go, listen when commuting or working out at the gym". Aren't they the same to Beginner Conversational Audio Review?
nguyentnga.vn 11 months 23 hours ago
Yeah those are downloadable only on that page. They are more condensed, but same content. (40 lessons versus 120 Beginner lessons here)
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 11 months 20 hours ago
I see thank you:)
nguyentnga.vn 10 months 3 weeks ago
What would be a good way to say that "I was named after someone"? Thank you
JohnLiu 1 year 5 days ago
You can say. 我是以___命名的。(wǒ shì yǐ___mìng míng de)
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 1 year 4 days ago
Love it
Omer Pineda 1 year 5 days ago
Dear Yang Yang I just finished the beginner conversational Chinese. I am going to China on June 12 for 7 weeks and I wanted to know where in your course I can find sentences that relate to hotel room search, asking where they would recommend me to go in certain areas, asking about sightseeing, temples. about dangers etc., all kinds of basic things a tourist needs. Do you have any lessons on these topics? Thank you so much and best regards, Ruth
Dick 1 year 1 month ago
Hmh, perhaps Intermediate Lessons 15, 16 is about Taxi to the airport and asking for directions? We don't have a lesson on hotels/sightseeing exactly at the moment, but thanks for the suggestion Ruth!
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 1 year 1 month ago
I love this course. Each component had been thought and calculated to form an organic whole. Thank you. I am a newbie here. I have a question. Video tutorial 1 last 18 min. This one last 8.10 min. Where may I find video tutorials. Thank you. Alejandro F. Sorry I am wrong. This is the correct video with its correct time.
alejandrofernandezheredia 1 year 2 months ago
The word occasion is spelled incorrectly on one of the slides.
Peichan 1 year 3 months ago
Thanks for letting us know! We've made a note.
Micah at Yoyo Chinese 1 year 3 months ago
why you said qing3 wen4 gui4 xing? instead of qing3 wen4 gui4 xing ma? Don't understand why the "ma" is missed.
raul 1 year 4 months ago
Since you are asking an open ended question you don't need ma. 吗 ma is used for yes or no questions.
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 1 year 4 months ago
I don't hear the "j" in "jiao" and in "jiu ke yi". What happened to it?
chinesefan 1 year 4 months ago
Since the dialogue for these videos are filmed on the streets, there are some variations in the speaker's pronunciation/speed. Keep practicing and you will be sure to catch them!
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 1 year 4 months ago
Jīn tīan shì de yi wǒ xuéxí zhōngjí bān. Wǒ xué xí le chūjí bān hé crash course. Wǒ xǐhuan the format and the homework assignments.
Kristi 1 year 4 months ago
That's great! :) A quick correction, "today is my first day studying the Intermediate Course", you can say: jīn tiān shì wǒ xué xí zhōng jí bān de dì yī tiān. 今天是我学习中级班的第一天.
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 1 year 4 months ago
谢谢。请多多指教!
Kristi 1 year 4 months ago
Hello! Just want to say thank you! The Beginner course was a great help. I think Hsk 1 exam would be a breeze for me and a little more effort for hsk2. Will be having my exams next month. =)
Neojoy23 1 year 5 months ago
Hello! Just want to say thank you! The Beginner course was a great help. I think Hsk 1 exam would be a breeze for me and a little more effort for hsk2. Will be having my exams next month. =)
Neojoy23 1 year 5 months ago
Hello! Just want to say thank you! The Beginner course was a great help. I think Hsk 1 exam would be a breeze for me and a little more effort for hsk2. Will be having my exams next month. =)
Neojoy23 1 year 5 months ago
Hello! Just want to say thank you! The Beginner course was a great help. I think Hsk 1 exam would be a breeze for me and a little more effort for hsk2. Will be having my exams next month. =)
Neojoy23 1 year 5 months ago
Hi Yoyo team, I think your courses are awesome! I decided to listen to the beginner audio course to strengthen some of my basic knowledge, and that really helped. I have around one hour every day where it is possible for me to listen to an audio course. Do you have any suggestions for how I can spend this time on learning Chinese now that I am done with the beginner course? I plan to follow your study plan for the intermediate course, but I have extra time for listening and hope to use it.
Thomas Harbøll Schrøder 1 year 5 months ago
Congrats on finishing the Beginner Conversational Course! You can continue reviewing the Beginner audio reviews so that all the concepts stay fresh in your mind. You can also start previewing audio lessons from the Intermediate course too. If you have a smartphone, you may be able to find podcasts that can help you, so you can feel refreshed and ready to jump back into the Intermediate course! :) 加油 (jiā yóu) - Go for it!
Micah at Yoyo Chinese 1 year 5 months ago
謝謝 I will follow your suggestions! I think you might have some more important courses to develop first, but I think an intermediate audio course would be very helpful to some of your students if you get the time to develop that one day. Anyway, so happy to learn Chinese from you!
Thomas Harbøll Schrøder 1 year 5 months ago
Thanks for the suggestion! Happy studies. :)
Micah at Yoyo Chinese 1 year 5 months ago
Hi Yang Yang! I started the Intermediate Course TODAY and just wanted to let you know that the format is wonderful. I tried quite a few lessons of Chinese on the Street while I was doing the Beginners Course and that has really helped with following the exchanges of people speaking at normal pace. I have to say that it was necessary to listen to those episodes several times in order to accustom myself to the speech, but it certainly helps with this new format. I love your courses!
judypetrosian 1 year 5 months ago
Thank you for your feedback, happy learning!
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 1 year 5 months ago
I see several people asking for Anki decks in these lessons. I've started making my own Anki decks as I go through these lessons and would be happy to share them on Ankiweb.net, but I think this would require the permission of YoYoChinese (there is no audio in the Anki cards so it is just the vocabulary and sentences). So let me know YoYoChinese if it is ok to do so (or if there is a better way to share the Anki cards for your students).
seithenin 1 year 5 months ago
You are always welcome to share your work with the community. At the same time we are working on the Intermediate Course flashcards and we will let you know when we officially launch it.
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 1 year 5 months ago
Anki decks are great for reviewing. However, when there are a lot of different decks, Anki "complains". So, I would suggest that the lessons could be identified by tag, and the whole deck called Intermediate (or something). It is possible to create custom studies to study each lesson as you go, and it is much easier to review the whole course when it is over, instead of having to review a lot of independent decks.
Izzybel 1 year 3 months ago
Thanks for the suggestion! And luckily, we're busy working on our flashcard system that will clean up any confusion or messiness with Anki. :)
Micah at Yoyo Chinese 1 year 3 months ago
Fantastic! I think you will finish the lesson series before I do, but in the mean time I will post what I have available on Ankiweb. The first lesson cards are here: https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/1196820743, the second lesson cards are here: https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/452139016, lesson 3: https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/1692131578, lesson 4: https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/37390339. You can also just search the Ankiweb chinese decks: https://ankiweb.net/shared/decks/chinese.
seithenin 1 year 5 months ago
Hi Seithenin, I am not sure if you are still present in the Yoyo community, but I am very thankful for your flash cards for lessons 1 to 4, and wonder if I may also make use of next lessons flash cards. Did you create them, and can they be shared? Hope you are still here.... thanks
carolien 5 months 3 weeks ago
Hi Carolien, I've created decks up to lesson 7. Lesson 5: https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/1638817025, Lesson 6: https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/1540746576, Lesson 7: https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/655385434. I'm glad you have found them useful. I also made one for the YoYo Blog - Love and blood types: https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/2074014267.
seithenin 5 months 3 weeks ago
Great! Thanks!!
carolien 5 months 3 weeks ago
I also created this deck of cards: https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/810757616 as a suggestion. If you are using the Anki desktop version then you will need to add the extension https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/498789867 (allows playing the audio on the cards). In this deck, the card simply plays a piece of audio (question side), then you must understand what is being said, give the Chinese and translate it (answer side). I think this should prove useful for helping with audio recognition.
seithenin 1 year 5 months ago
Thanks for sharing your work with the community seithenin!
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 1 year 5 months ago
我从来没有听过英文比你的好 to say that one's english is the best I've ever heard 对不对?
4308Kootenai 1 year 6 months ago
That's good. You can also say, 你的英文是我听过最好的 (nǐ de yīng wén shì wǒ tīng guò zuì hǎo de).
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 6 months ago
Why do we have "shi4" here, Yangyang? I remember shi4 never goes together with hao3? And what's the role of "de" at the end? Can I say: wo3 ting1 guo4 ni3 de ying1 wen2 shuo1 de(得) zui4 hao3?
Serena Dinh 1 year 6 months ago
是 (shì) means "is" here, as in "your English is the best I've heard"- 你的英文是我听过最好的 (nǐ de yīng wén shì wǒ tīng guò zuì hǎo de). 好 (hǎo) is not following immediately after 是, and it's used as an adjective 最好的 (zuì hǎo de) - "best". 的 (de) is used to link an adjective and a noun (英文 yīng wén - English), but it's omitted here, and this is a very common structure. You may need to add a 是 (shì) after 英文 (yīng wén) as in 我听过你的英文, 是说得最好的 (wǒ tīng guò nǐ de yīng wén, shì shuō de zuì hǎo de).
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 5 months ago
Can I understand shi4 in those examples as "shi.. de" structure?
Serena Dinh 9 months 1 week ago
Yep, those sentences have the shi...de structure since it's used to emphasize some detail
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 9 months 5 days ago
This is really good I must say! I agree that the way intermediate Chinese is taught is really cool and effective to teach. I like the fact that yoyo chinese will always reply to what you comment which is great! Keep doing what your doing From Megalyn (10 year old)
cliveminnican 1 year 6 months ago
Thank you so much for your nice words, Megalyn. Happy studies. :)
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 6 months ago
Are there any plans of developing flashcards for the intermediate level?
deslongs 1 year 7 months ago
Yes, it's on our plan. :)
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 7 months ago
Yay! Took advantage of the Thanksgiving sale for a year! Anyways, if I wanted to say I'm using my mom's surname in my Chinese name while I'm using my dad's surname in English name, how should I say it? Btw, its something they'd agreed upon lol! Thanks yangyang! :)
aleli 1 year 7 months ago
You can say, 我的中文名字是跟妈妈的姓 (wǒ de zhōng wén míng zì shì gēn mā ma de xìng), 英文名字是跟爸爸的姓 (yīng wén míng zì shì gēn bà ba de xìng). :)
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 7 months ago
There is a tone mistake in the lecture notes. It says cheng1 hu1 but it should be cheng1 hu5, right? I noticed because in the lesson audio review he said hu with a neutral tone.
Freezer 1 year 7 months ago
Good eyes. The standard pinyin for 呼 is first tone. When it's used in 称呼(chēng hū), it is common to pronounce it with a neutral tone, but first tone is also correct.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 7 months ago
Hello. When I opened the intermediate lecture notes in IBooks on my iPad, they Are saved as "lecture_notes 38". Lesson 2 lecture notes are saved as "lecture_notes 37". Lesson 1 dialogue transcript is saved as"dialogue_transcript 7". Lesson 2 dialogue transcript is saved as "dialogue_transcript 8". Lesson 1 homework assignments is saved as "homework". Lesson 2 homework assignments is saved as "homework 1". This improper naming of lesson notes began in early in 2015 with the beginner lessons
Farrell 1 year 8 months ago
Sorry about the random order of the lecture note file names. Thank you for letting us know. We'll have our web developer look into the issue. You may download these files from our download center, they file names should be correct.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 8 months ago
Hi, I really enjoy your lessons. I have a question. How do I say 'may I enter/go inside?' I was in a hotel in Zhuhai and I wanted to enter the cafe. I was greeted by a member of staff at the entrance. I wanted to say 'may I go inside for a cup of tea?' But because I didn't know the word enter, I got a bit stuck and resorted to English :s thanks.
tothebatcave 1 year 9 months ago edited
You can say, 请问我可以进去吗 (qǐng wèn wǒ kě yǐ jìn qù ma). You may check out our grammar lesson 35 complements of direction for more information about using 进去 (jìn qù) - go in/enter.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 9 months ago edited
Hello yang yang they speak so fast any ideas to help my ears?
justjer57 1 year 10 months ago
That's how Chinese people normally speak. One of the main purpose of this course is to practice your listening skills. It may take sometime to adapt to the pace, but it will get easier over time. Have you already tried our Chinese on the Street courses? It's not as intense. If you have not, it may help if you try the Chinese on the Street course first.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 10 months ago
Yeah one of the main reasons I signed up for this course is the authentic fast paced and authentic pronunciation dialogue. This is awesome!
JerWanr 1 year 9 months ago
Thanks for the support, JerWanr. Happy studies. :)
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 9 months ago
But I wish it went to a higher level. The Intermediate program is very good for helping me clean up my Mandarin and perfecting that basic conversation stuff, but it doesn't really get into the higher levels such as business meetings or watching the news kind of talk or really in depth complex conversations. Is there any plans to have another 6 months of higher levels? Also, why can't you download the actual dialogue from the videos?
JerWanr 1 year 9 months ago
Thank you for your suggestions, JerWanr. They will be very helpful in building our future courses. The videos are not downloadable due to copyright issues. Sorry about the inconvenience.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 9 months ago edited
Hello I call both my tai ji teachers Sifu as they are both high level martial art masters. I also call Yangyang Sifu out of respect although I do sometimes call her "oh beautiful one." I notice there is Shifu as well as Sifu and that sometimes you call a tradesman with these terms. I also read that it can be insulting to say to someone in a learned profession. How should these terms be used? Best wishes to you all and to the beautiful Sifu Yangyang. Kevin
Downey 1 year 10 months ago
Hello again After speaking to my Chinese landlords and scouring the internet I am still very confused as to who I should or should not address as Shifu. I think you could do one of your special features just on this topic. They seemed to think I shouldn't call Yangyang Shifu. Is this right? I imagine she quite likes being called "oh beautiful one" so perhaps I'll stick with that. Peace. Kevin.
Downey 1 year 10 months ago
That's a good question. Both Shifu and Sifu means masters. Sifu is Cantonese and Shifu is Mandarin. :)
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 10 months ago
Thanks Corey. That works great!
scott.droege 1 year 11 months ago
Is there a way to view the videos using full screen? Great lesson as always!
scott.droege 1 year 11 months ago
(copy/pasted from another question): Right click on the video screen and select "Switch to Flash". Once you do that, the full screen button will reappear. I don't know why that control is missing when running in HTML5 mode. Perhaps the performance of the HTML5 video renderer is not good enough to support smooth playback in full screen mode (yet).
Corey 1 year 11 months ago
Hi Yoyo: I live in LA and Macau. When in China i often go to spas (amazing services provided at a small cost by Western standards). I usually go to Zhuhai where I am the only customer who speaks English. I think an episode on faclais (lian bu chu hei tou?), foot and hand messages as well as hot stone messages would be good.
kfink 1 year 11 months ago
You are right. The service is cheaper in China. We are glad that you had enjoyable experiences. Thank you for the suggestion.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 11 months ago
I am a bit confused over tone regarding the word - 'some' I thought it was yi1 xie1 and not yi4 xie1. please advise
monge303 1 year 12 months ago
There's a tone change rule applies to 一 (yī). When 一 is followed by first, second, and third tone, it changes to fourth tone, and when it's followed by a fourth tone, it changes to second tone. You may refer to our google hangout lesson 4 for more detail: https://www.yoyochinese.com/learn-Chinese/google-hangouts/Lesson-4-Chine....
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 11 months ago
Do you have a cheat sheet that explains and sumerises all the exceptions?
Benoithamel 1 year 9 months ago
Sorry, we do not have a cheatsheet for that. You may refer to our google hangout lesson 4 for detail explanation.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 9 months ago
I suppose this would be a good moment to go back and do the Chinese on the street videos! Thank you Sifu.
Downey 2 years 4 weeks ago
Have fun studying, Downey. Enjoy! :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 4 weeks ago
Hello Yang Yang, I finished all 120 lessons of the beginner course, and now I am on day 2 of the intermediate. I have had a cursory understanding of Mandarin for 3 years, but I realized after taking a few of your beginner lessons I have SO much to learn, and I have. I learned SOOOOO much from those. My fluency is much better now. I am just checking in, thanks :) I am connected to you as David Graham on linked in by the way.
stryker.graham 2 years 2 months ago
That's awesome! Good job, Stryker. Keep up the good works! :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 2 months ago
Is there another common word for Miss or Ms besides xiao jie? I heard it is somewhat uncommong or impolite.
tina wong 2 years 2 months ago
Another formal way to say Miss is nǚ shì. Also, instead of xiǎo jiě, people more often use “měi nǚ" to address young ladies, which literally means beautiful girl, but not necessary that they are indeed really good looking.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 2 months ago
What is the interviewer's name? When she says "nin2 zen3 me cheng1 hu?", I am hearing it as "huo" (rhymes with shuo), not "hu". Yang yang says it the way I would expect from the pinyin. Is this just her accent?
danieltrevi 2 years 2 months ago
Our interviewer's name is "Tongtong". You are right, there's a bit of an accent, it should be "hu". :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 2 months ago
This is a great course, and the study schedule is very helpful. I am doing the character course at the same time. Do you have any suggestions about the best way to fit the character course into the study schedule?
danieltrevi 2 years 2 months ago
Thanks for the nice comment. We are glad that you found our schedules helpful. We are in the progress of developing a study schedule for our character course. Hope that will help in the near future. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 2 months ago
Maybe this question was answered already. In the dialog, after the interviewer (请问,她叫什么名字?)says to the young man, 哦,王先生, he says, 叫我小王就 可 以了。(jiào wǒ xiǎo wáng jiù kě yǐ le) How would this dialog play out with a woman? Would a young woman (他的女朋友)find it strange to be called 王小姐?What do you call women if you don't know their marital status? Is there a Chinese equivalent of "Ms"?
danieltrevi 2 years 2 months ago
Yes, it would be strange to call his girlfriend 王小姐. You may continue to ask how his girlfriend should be address, with "那,请问这位(小姐)是... nà, qǐng wèn zhè wèi (xiǎo jiě) shì...? And, may I ask this (Ms.) is ...? Ms. in Chinese is 小姐 xiǎo jiě. If you are not sure about their marital status, you may use xiǎo jiě. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 2 months ago
Hi - After making a first introduction, can I say: 我叫你Joe就可以吗? 谢谢。
Fred Snyder 2 years 2 months ago
Did you mean "I can just called you Joe?" If that's what you meant, yes, it's correct.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 2 months ago
We very much miss your voice on the review...:(
litapapa 2 years 2 months ago
谢谢!这个课太好!
h-wind 2 years 2 months ago
Suggest me the best way to memorize Chinese Words , pls ... Thanks Yang Yang
Crome Shine 2 years 3 months ago
I just joined last week. Your site is absolutely fantastic. This intermediate course, in particular, is amazing. Not only the original format which is perfectly fitted for upper beginner/intermediate learners but also the way you teach. You are so methodical and rigorous. The use of the video to display the characters and to break down the sentences as well as your unique way to explain things is so helpful. This is just the best Chinese method and teacher hands down. Thank you so much!
soddos 2 years 3 months ago
Thank you so much for the encouraging comments, soddos. Good luck with your Chinese studies.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 3 months ago
Yang Yang, I am a flight attendant. Could you also hear the jiu4 ke3yi3 le structure from passengers if you ask them what they would like to drink? For example: Nin3 xiang3 he1 shen2me? Bing1 shui3 jiu4 ke3yi3 le.
TobiasBaker 2 years 4 months ago
Yes, that is a correct form of saying ....(something) will do. You may refer to our intermediate Chinese lesson 1 for another example of using jiu4 ke3 yi3 le. Hope that answers your question.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 4 months ago
Why is 'le' included in the sentence, 'jiao wo (Han) jib ke yi le'? - xiexie!
Nash 2 years 4 months ago
Actually, "le" here is optional. It doesn't carry any meaning. It's also okay to say 'jiao wo (Han) jib ke yi'.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 4 months ago
How to say excuse me in Mandarin?
abhishekagrawal1 2 years 4 months ago
You may say, bù hǎo yì si, dǎ rǎo yí xià.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 4 months ago
Jiao4 wo3 Carl jiu4 ke3 yi3 le. Very good! The change in format is ok. It is going to take a few lessons to get used to, but I think someone who is really serious, could do a couple of these lessons every day. I have a week off work soon, so I may well get "serious". Bye for now.
dreadnought 2 years 5 months ago
Well have started the intermediate lessons today after having a short break after completing the beginners course! The format is very good. The lessons seem to be more "focused". Don't worry if I run into any problems I will let you know. The "Chinese on the street" characters are certainly like a box of "jelly babies"....all different shapes and sizes ....just like it is in real life, which should help me with my hearing skills.
dreadnought 2 years 5 months ago
Great to hear! We hope you'll really enjoy the intermediate course! :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 5 months ago
Hey Yang Yang, I have a question regarding the Nin2. My chinese teacher told us once that you dont really use Nin2 in everyday situations, but just for elderly peeple or people of higher rank like your boss, however your interviewer uses it for almost anyone except the really young people. Is that accurate or is it still common to approach anyone with Nin2 as long as it is a stranger?
Taco XXX 2 years 5 months ago
Yes, you are right. It's also appropriate to use nin2 to people that are older than you, and that you meet them for the first time.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 5 months ago
Just one comment Yang Yang. 3 Days for each lessons seems excessive. I am guessing that if I finish all the homework assignments in less than 3 days, I should move to the next lesson. Also, can I just say Ni4 xing4 shenme?
Marlon Argueta 2 years 5 months ago
The study schedule is just a guideline. You are more welcome to study at your own pace. Yes, you may also say Ni3 xing4 shen2 me, which means what's your last name.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 5 months ago
Xie Xie Yang Yang. I just wanted to tell you that I told my chinese friend Mian gui xing so and so.. He was very impressed. Thank you.
Marlon Argueta 2 years 5 months ago
Great job! :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 5 months ago
If addressing more than one person simultaneously, can nin also be used as a polite plural form and in place of nimen ?
一生只有一次生命所以我在这里 2 years 5 months ago
Yes, you may use nǐ men.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 5 months ago
When answering the question: ni3 zen3 me cheng1 hu, does everyone express how they want to be called? One of the interviewees answered "wo3 xing4 sun1." I was under the impression that in chinese it sounds odd if you address someone using only a one syllable name, like sun1. Is that how we wants to be called or is he simply just giving his last name?
busman189 2 years 5 months ago
That's a good question. When the answer provided is just with their last name, such as sūn. You may address them sūn xiān sheng for Mr. Sun, or sūn xiǎo jiě for Ms. Sun.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 5 months ago
Why can't I see the dialogue transcript?
robey 2 years 5 months ago
Sorry to hear that happened. It seems to work properly though. You may also download them from our download center.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 5 months ago
why can't i watch video? like it literary doesn't play.
kayland1 2 years 6 months ago
你好 第一 如果我问一个人 ‘您怎么称呼?’ 我每次需要说 ‘您’ 还是也能说 ‘你’? 第二 如果一个人问我 ‘您怎么称呼?’ 我能不能回答说 ‘称呼我Ash就可以了’? 谢谢 :)
ajbooth2 2 years 6 months ago
To older or respected personnel, you may use 您 nín to show respect. If you being ask 您怎么称呼nín zěn me chēng hū, 称呼 is a rather formal word to use in your answer, you may just say jiào wǒ Ash jiù kě yǐ le.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 6 months ago
Hi Yangyang, a couple of comments: 1. I remember receiving an email from Yoyochinese regarding some material that was soon to be released for written chinese lessons. Could you please point me to those lessons? 2. In the first minute of the above video I find the people who are having the introductory conversation speaking too fast! Could you please lower the speed a little bit in future videos for better understanding for people like me who have untrained ears? Thanks!
abhishekagrawal1 2 years 6 months ago
We don't have the character course ready yet, but it will be released at the beginning of March. The people on the street are speaking at their normal speed. The point of this part to practice your listening skills. It takes practices. Eventually you'll be able to pick up more and more words, and adapt to the speed. Good luck with your Chinese studies. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 6 months ago
I was pleased to see there are Anki decks available for the Beginning Conversation Chinese course. Are there also plans to make Anki decks available for the Intermediate course? That would a big help. Yoyo Chinese and Anki are a great combo.
ramcdane 2 years 6 months ago
That may be a plan in the future. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 6 months ago
Hi :) 我不明白。。。 In the personal study plan for Inermediate Conversational Chinese, I am referred to "Dialogue replay part 1,2,3." I can only find "download dialog replay" for one section. Where are two and three? 非常感谢
stryker.graham 2 years 7 months ago
Each dialogue replay has three parts. Par 1 English and Chinese translation with normal speed, no pauses. Part 2 is the slow version and Part 3 is normal version without English. Hope that helps.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 7 months ago
fei chang gan xie :) (非常感谢) [very much thanks!]
stryker.graham 2 years 7 months ago
Dialogue replay keeps stopping at 28 seconds and wont let me download to hear the whole thing :(
Jamie Lee 2 years 7 months ago
We are sorry to hear that happened. You may download the file using right click, then download the linked file. You may also download the batches form our download center. Hope that helps.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 7 months ago
Who is the hoSt for these "Chinese on the street"videos
HarryR 2 years 8 months ago
Her name is Tongtong. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 8 months ago
Hi Yang Yang! I love you're lessons! Is this correct?:我是Harry。我是英国人。我会说英文和一点儿中文。我喜欢吃中国菜。? And why are there no spaCES in Chinese.谢谢
HarryR 2 years 8 months ago
Yes, they are all correct. Good job! We are not exactly sure why there's no spaces in Chinese. That's how they are written. It may look too separated with the spaces maybe? :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 8 months ago
Okay, thank you :)
HarryR 2 years 8 months ago
I was wondering if you could answer a vocabulary question I have: What is the difference between 如果 and 要是? I asked my Chinese teacher this in high school the other day and he could not explain it to me, but he said they are very similar. Is there a difference or no difference at all? Please respond. Thanks again for these videos! - Donovan
Donovan 2 years 9 months ago
That's a great question. Your teacher is right. They are very similar, both mean if. 要是 is considered to be more informal compare to 如果, and it is usually used in spoken Chinese, more frequently in the northern areas of China.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 9 months ago
Thanks for your answer!
Donovan 2 years 9 months ago
This is a really great lesson! It brings home, however, that I'll have to listen very carefully in a real-life situation. When Xiao3 Wang2 says "jiu4 ke3 yi3 le" it's so quick it sounds like a single word!
Adrian Widdowson 2 years 9 months ago
Thank you for the nice comments. Yes, it does sound like he spoke a bit too fast. Practice makes better. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 9 months ago
Thanks Yang Yang. How about may I know how to address a lady not so young not so old, say about 40 yrs old? Xie xie
dtlwin dtlwin 2 years 10 months ago
Hi Yang Yang. I understand that we need to put 'xiān sheng' after the name to address a gentleman. May I know how to address an elderly lady? Xie xie
dtlwin dtlwin 2 years 10 months ago
For an elderly lady, you may address them “lǎo tài tai" after her last name.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 10 months ago
Hi Yangyang. I prefer your accent over that of the people you guys interview on the street. Your lovely accent makes me love Chinese. 爱你. 再见.
S4C 2 years 10 months ago
Thank you for the nice comments. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 10 months ago
yangyang chen ni hao. jintian wo meiyou wenti.
EsterinaB 2 years 10 months ago
How do I say: Don't worry. I will look after your daughter.
Caroline Booth 2 years 10 months ago
You may say, 别担心。我会照顾你的女儿。bié dān xīn. wǒ huì zhào gù nǐ de nǚ ér.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 10 months ago
Hi Yang Yang. I like this lesson very much and I will watch it couple of times in order to get used to the street language as well. Last week I have watched a Chinese Talk Show. I even could identify some easy words. However, there was one word I heard many times but I do not know what it means. It sounds like "nei ge". And usually they pronounce this word slow and make a kind of small break before or after this word. Do you have any idea what this means? Thanks a lot.
BernyStar 2 years 10 months ago
Thank you so much for the support. nei ge is 那个, which means that/that one. Chinese people say nei ge a lot, it give them a pause before continuing to speak. It's just like saying, "That, ...". Hope that make sense.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 10 months ago
So here's my understanding. When you want to be more polite or formal, you would use: 称 呼 BUT also, it seems as if: 贵 姓 is a polite form as well. What are the subtle nuances of difference between asking a name with these two different but seemingly similar phrases? I understand that more casually the way of askign a name is: 你 叫 什 么 名 字 Please confirm. thanks!
Mikeynyc 2 years 10 months ago
That's a really good question. Yes, both are very polite way to ask. There is a subtle difference between the two. If you ask, qǐng wèn nín zěn me chēng hū, you may expect an answer with just the last name, first name, or full name. However, if you ask, qǐng wèn nín guì xìng, the answer is usually miǎn guì xìng ...., just the last name. Hope that answers.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 10 months ago
Also, one more question. When asking for a name, would you usually just ask for the last name? Ie. in english, we'd usually just ask for the first name upon first meeting in a casual setting. Is that a similar kind of approach in Chinese, where you don't ask for full name upon first meeting usually if it's more casual?
Mikeynyc 2 years 10 months ago
When asking for a name, it's very common to ask for a full name in China or just a last name in China. You may ask nǐ jiào shén me míng zì, which is more commonly used to address to younger people or kids. nǐ zěn me chēng hū and nǐn guì xìng are usually address to adults, respected elder, superiors, etc. For nǐ jiào shén me míng zì and nǐ zěn me chēng hū, you may expect names with just last name, first name, or both. The answer for nǐn guì xìng is typically miǎn guì xìng ____(last name).
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 10 months ago
我认为这些”nǐn“都应该是“nín”(第二个声音),对吧?
Corey 2 years 10 months ago
Yes, it's nǐn, 2nd tone. Good catch. Thanks.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 10 months ago
这个……这个拼音还是第三个声音的 :-)
Corey 2 years 10 months ago
啊哦,我也打错了,应该是“声调”,不是“声音”。
Corey 2 years 10 months ago
Ahh, my laptop is too small to work on these. I need a bigger screen! :] Thanks for the correction.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 10 months ago
thanks for the answer! is there any way to get an email notification when you respond instead of having to continually check back? would be a great update to have
Mikeynyc 2 years 10 months ago
Thank you so much for your valuable feedback. That's a really great idea. Sorry for the inconvenience it causes. Hope we can implement that in the near future.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 10 months ago
I've been thinking about adding that feature to yoyofeed.altervista.org , so it can be a stop gap till the official Yoyo Chinese one is implemented. At the same time, I would add an ability for people to receive an email when any particular question had been replied to, in case they also want to know the answer to that question (posted by someone else).
Corey 2 years 10 months ago
Great news! We are working on implementing the notifications feature. Thank you so much for your feedbacks.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 10 months ago
Cool! I have some good news too, actually. Based on how you've been linking previous comments recently, I noticed there's another way to get at all of the comments (via /comment/<number>). Using this method instead of scanning all of the lesson pages will dramatically lower the number of page loads my script does per hour, down from ~400/hour to about 5. I am in the process of re-writing that part of the code, so it may be a few days before the load drops.
Corey 2 years 10 months ago
Can you only answer these questions with your last name?
Ezra Gubbay 2 years 11 months ago
No, there are various ways to answer these question. Answering with your last name is the most common one. You may answer theses question with just the first name as well. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 11 months ago
And another question .. what are the literal meanings of "jiu4 ke3yi le" and "jiu4 xing2 le" .. and why is le used with these expressions .. please advise ?
Narang 3 years 1 month ago
Those expressions are tough to translate literally word-for-word, but both mean, "And that will be good enough," or "And that will do." The "le" here is the "change of state" type. In situations like this where you're talking about a general or future change of state, "jiù" and "le" go together. Trying to pick apart and analyze phrases like this can be really confusing, so it's best to memorize them until they feel comfortable and familiar to you.
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 1 month ago
Great lesson Yang Yang, I have a question though ... mian3 gui4 xing4 liu2 .. in this one where is wo3 .. I mean should it not be .. mian3gui4 wo3xing4liu4 (leave gui4 I am last named liu2) .. please advise .. thanks
Narang 3 years 1 month ago
I is not needed. You will noticed through out this course a lot of time Chinese people leave out saying "i", but it's already implied. You may consider "mian3 gui4 xing4 ..." is like a fixed phrase.
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 1 month ago
Is a good lesson but I still need to watch it 3 or 4 times JC
JC 3 years 2 months ago
Thanks for everything, please god bless us forever.
Selim 3 years 3 months ago
Hi Yangyang, What is the correct way of saying the word " want and don't want something?" Ex. I want to go for a walk, I don't want to go for a walk.
Xiao yong 3 years 3 months ago
You may use xiang3 or bu4 xiang3 for want and don't want respectively. For your example, you may say, wo3 xiang3 chu1 qu4 zou3 zou. and wo3 bu4 xiang3 chu1 qu4 zou3 zou.
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 3 months ago
Hi Yang Yang,I notice that the first question asked was addressed to females but the latter two questions were addressed to males. Was this just coincidence or would the latter two questions be inappropriate for females? Hils
hils 3 years 4 months ago
It was just a coincidence. Qing wen ni jiao shen me ming zi, ni zen me cheng hu, or nin guy xing can be addressed to both male or female.
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 4 months ago
This was fantastic. One of the best teachers of Mandarin on the internet!
magelvl12 3 years 5 months ago
Thank you so much for your support, magelvl12. :)
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 5 months ago
What part of the phrase "nin gui xing" lets you know that it is a question?
drsorensen 3 years 6 months ago
We know it's a bit odd. None of the word is a content question word, however, you may think of "gui xing" makes it a question.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 6 months ago
Intermediate Conversation - Lesson 7. Wife is taught as:- 老婆 (informal),太太(formal) and now in the 'Comments' is 夫人(formal). So...we can say Mrs Li in Chinese as, 李老婆,李太太,李夫人 ?
Nicola 3 years 7 months ago
Yes, 夫人is another way to say Mrs., less common compare to 太太.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 6 months ago
So if xiān sheng is Mr. How would I address someone as Mrs?
thornja 3 years 7 months ago
Mrs. may be addressed as "tai4tai", or more formally, "fu1 ren2".
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 7 months ago
Hi Yoyo, I just realised how to save the dialogue replay, sorry for being thick. Hils
hils 3 years 7 months ago
Glad that you figured it out. Feel free to let us know if there's any question. :)
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 7 months ago
Hi Yoyo, when I select Download Dialogue Replay it opens in windows media player and plays fine, but how can I save it from here? Hils
hils 3 years 7 months ago
Now I can save the dialogue transcript, but still have problem with the download dialogue replay.
oei.toenkhiam 3 years 8 months ago
It is problem with Download dialogue replay. How can i download the dialogue transcript? I can not save the file to the disk.
oei.toenkhiam 3 years 8 months ago
could you go on you tube and watch Beautiful Chinese Music【9】Traditional and do a lesson and translation on that? Thanks
Clawpaw 3 years 8 months ago
Thank you so much for the nice compliments. We really appreciate all your support! :)
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 8 months ago
This is a much improved format....well done! But please, hurry up with the other lessons!!!!
kallistastorm 3 years 8 months ago
this a great video..really useful
cai si di 3 years 8 months ago
非常好啊!我挺高兴开始学这些新课!
Corey 3 years 8 months ago
Great! Thanks so much. Perfect timing too as I had just completed the beginner course.
Rick 3 years 8 months ago
very interesting and instructive lesson.change of taste too as it differs a bit from the previous "Chinese on the Street" lessons.Proud to be attached with YoYo Chinese. Binay Shrestha
bks7153 3 years 8 months ago
YES a great format - very useful
MIRAG1 3 years 8 months ago
Download of the Dialogue Replay is going to the web and not going to the disk. Download Audio Review is OK.
oei.toenkhiam 3 years 8 months ago
Once it's opened, you may save it on your device.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 8 months ago
非常高兴看到您的心课.我希望不久能看别的.我很喜欢您新的教办法. 我感激不尽.看到您的到来.保重.
oei.toenkhiam 3 years 8 months ago
Very Good! Very Good! cant wait to see more. Keep up the good work!
specbolt 3 years 8 months ago
谢谢你 秧殃我尊敬汉语老师! 你的关于问某人的名字 的视频非常有用! 我不知道“免贵”,但是我是 荷兰人(看看不买)所以我了解 免费(DISPENCE OF COST)。 (开玩笑) 万事如意 陆蓝克
Lulanke 3 years 8 months ago
The lesson was awesome! On the other hand i was shocked by the talking-speed! do all the chinese speak so fast? Oh my God. I feel sad because i realised that i couldn't catch up with their speed. i mean if you can't "catch" by the first time simple phrases like those ones( i.e what is your name) ,then how could you understand more complicated ones? :-(
giorgoski 3 years 8 months ago
Just kù =)
arjola.hasa.3 3 years 8 months ago
I loved it. Great lesson. Hope for more.
Codecortex1 3 years 8 months ago
awesome when are the other intermediate videos going to be available, for those of us who want to work at a faster pace...
mike.mack.7 3 years 8 months ago
We are planning to upload two lessons weekly. Thank you for your patience.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 8 months ago
Great lesson as always
rossc 3 years 8 months ago
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