Lesson #1 - How to Say “Thank You!” in Chinese

June 1st, 2007

Learn Chinese travel phrases with SurvivalPhrases.com! A little Chinese can go such a long way! Whether you’re traveling, visiting, or sightseeing, SurvivalPhrases.com has all the essential travel phrases just for you! Today we cover a high frequency Chinese phrase sure to be of use on your trip, travels or vacation to China.

Today we learn how to say xiè xie, the most common way to say thank you in Chinese. Be sure to stop by SurvivalPhrases.com before you set out on your trip to China, and be sure to leave us a post!

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57 responses to “How to Say “Thank You!” in Chinese”

3 06 2007
Matt (03:57:04) :

Very, very good! I love the format, and I see a whole bunch of potential. Short enough that it’s impossible NOT to fit it in your schedule but in enough depth that you genuinely learn. I appreciate how much patience there is. I will definitely make the Chinese Survival Phrases part of my routine.

Also, reguarding thank you, I know that xie xie is thanks, but I head some people in China say “xie xie ni.” “Ni”, meaning “you.” You could probably translate the differences between “xie xie” and “xie xie ni” as just “thanks” and “thank you,” but are there any more nuances to adding “ni” after “xie xie?”

4 06 2007
maxiewawa (21:26:09) :

The longer something is, the more polite it is. Usually.
Keep practicing those 3rd tones everyone!挺复杂!
Good lesson. 谢谢哦。

8 06 2007
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18 06 2007
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30 06 2008
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5 10 2008
장용 (22:43:34) :

Hi Matt,

I’m just a passerby/student (haha) from KClass101 and I happened to see your question… As you’ve already know, “xie xie” means thanks, yes, you can treat it as just a plain “thanks” in English, that is.

“Xie4 xie4 ni3″ 谢谢你 can be directly translated into “Thank you” This is just one of the many forms of “xie xie”. You can say this if you want to thank a person in particular but please note that you can only say this in front of the person you want to thank, just like for English.

“Xie4 xie4 nin2″ 谢谢您 is the polite form of the above. With the “Ni” 你 character changed into a polite form. This form is used when talking to people of a respectable level.

“Xie4 xie4 ni3 men2″ 谢谢你们 can be translated into “Thanks to all of you” This form is rather of a standard politeness. You can say this phrase to thank a group of people.

And of course, if you dive deeper into the world of Chinese Language, there will be a lot of other “Thank You” formal/informal phrases.

Thank you and I hope my answer’s of help to you!

Just my 1c worth ^^;; ,
장용

P.S. Cindy, it’s “大家好!” (da4 jia1 hao3) which literally means “Everyone Good”. It’s translated into “Good day, everyone!” or “Are you doing fine?” etc. It’s a common greeting of a standard politeness level. It is used when you are greeting a group of people.

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