Lesson 1 – Hello! (你好!)

Lesson’s Main Characters:

Julie Chen – Teacher, Chinese
Helen Li – Student, Chinese

Conversation Situation:

When Julie Chen first meets Helen Li…

Conversation Dialogue:



请问 您 贵姓?
qǐngwèn nín guìxìng?

我 姓 陈, 你呢?
wǒ xìng Chén​, nǐne?

我 姓 李, 叫 Helen. 你 叫 什么 名字?
wǒ xìng Lǐ, jiào Helen. nǐ jiào shénme míngzi?

我 叫 Julie.
wǒ jiào Julie.

Vocabulary Words:

你好 (nǐhǎo): hello/hi/how are you
请问 (qǐngwèn): may I ask…
您 (nín): you (polite way)
贵姓 (guìxìng): what is your last name?
我 (wǒ): I
姓 (xìng): family name/surname/last name
你 (nǐ): you
呢 (ne): (question particle for subjects already mentioned)
叫 (jiào): to call/ to be called
什么 (shénme): what?
名字 (míngzi): name

Grammar: Word Order

1. The word order in a Chinese sentence is shown as follows:

Subject + Verb + Object
For example:
a. 你 叫 什么名字?
b. 我 叫 Helen。

***Ms. Hou’s reminder:
In Chinese, the word order remains the same in statements and sentences.

2. 您贵姓? (nín guìxìng) is a respectful and polite way to ask for someone’s last name and normally is used when you speak to someone who is older or a superior (as in Chinese culture we call someone who is older or a superior by their last name to show our respect).

Listen to Ms. Hou’s Mandarin Classroom – Lesson 1 – Hello! (你好!)

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