Learn Chinese for Free—Lesson 4
Today's Chinese characters:
I believe it's good to learn as soon as possible how to show politeness and respect in Chinese. In this lesson you are going to learn how to ask questions politely and how to respectfully ask someone's name.
|Character Knowledge Meter|
|-||Expensive, costly; precious; honourable|
|-||Your (term of respect used in polite expressions)|
Description and Examples
The question "请
details？" is a great example of politeness built on three expressions that you may want to make your own:
- Use of 请
character: 请 pinyin: qǐng
character: 问 pinyin: wèn
- Use of 您
character: 您 pinyin: nín
- Use of 贵
character: 贵 pinyin: guì
character: 姓 pinyin: xìng
The meaning of: 你 and 您—Part 1
Anyway, the usage of 你
How to say: What's your name?—Part 1
This is probably the most polite way to ask someone's name. It shows respect, honour, esteem.
Please note that what is actually asked is only the surname. At this level of formality, there is no need to ask for the first name.
The meaning of: 请问⋯
It's a polite expression used to ask questions. It might correspond to "May I ask...", "Excuse me...", etc. followed by a question. For example:
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