QUESTIONS CHINESE ASK LAOWAI/FOREIGNER IN CHINA/AFRICAN EDITION

Hello!你好!

We have another blog post again. Huzza!!!我们又有一篇博客帖子。好哇

If you have been to China you totally understand how Chinese like to ask the questions listed below. If you have never been to China and probably are planning a visit, be prepared for these commonly asked questions.

Wow!You can speak Chinese?!! 哇瑟!你会说中文?wāsè! Nǐhuì shuō zhōng wén?!!

How long have you been in China? 你来中国多久了? Nǐ lái zhōng guó duō jiǔ le?

Is it difficult to learn Chinese?学中文很难吗?xué zhōng wén hěn nán ma?

How old are you? 你多大? Nǐ duō dà?

Do you like China? 你喜欢中国吗? Nǐ xǐ huan zhōng guó ma?

Do you have children? 你有孩子吗? Nǐ yǒu hái zi ma?

Are you married? 你结婚了吗 ? Nǐ jié hūn le ma?

Why aren’t you married yet? 你为什么还没结婚? Nǐ wèi shén me hái méi jié hūn

Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend? 你有男朋友/女朋友吗? Nǐ yǒu nán péng you/nǚ péng yǒu ma?

Did you catch a cold? 你感冒了吗? Nǐ gǎn mào le ma?

Do you like Chinese food? 你喜欢中国菜吗? Nǐ xǐ huan zhōng guó cài ma?

Do you know how to use chopsticks? 你会用筷子吗? Nǐ huì yòng kuài zi ma?

Your country is hotter than Chongqing right? 你们国家比重庆热,对吗? Nǐ men guó jiā bǐ Chóng Qìng rè

why did you choose to come to China? 你为什么选择来中国? Nǐ wèi shén me xuǎn zé lái zhōng guó?

your parents must be having alot of money right? 你父母一定很有钱吧? Nǐ fù mǔ yī dìng hěn yǒu qián ba.

Why do you have such long legs? 你为什么有这么长的腿? Nǐ wèi shén me yǒu zhè me cháng de tuǐ?

Why do you have a very nice figure? 你为什么身材这么好? Nǐ wèi shén me shēn cái zhè me hǎo?

Is this your real hair? 这是你的真头发吗? Zhè shì nǐ de zhēn tóu fa ma?

Why is your skin this black? 你的皮肤为什么这么黑? Nǐ de pí fū wèi shén me zhè me hēi?

Are you from Africa? 你来自非洲吗? Nǐ lái zì fēi zhōu ma?

Are you African? 你是非洲人吗? Nǐ shì fēi zhōu rén ma?

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QUESTIONS CHINESE ASK LAOWAI/FOREIGNER IN CHINA/AFRICAN EDITION

Hello!你好!

We have another blog post again. Huzza!!!我们又有一篇博客帖子。好哇

If you have been to China you totally understand how Chinese like to as the questions listed below. If you have never been to China and probably are planning a visit, be prepared for these commonly asked questions.

Wow!You can speak Chinese?!! 哇瑟!你会说中文?wāsè! Nǐhuì shuō zhōng wén?!!

How long have you been in China? 你来中国多久了? Nǐ lái zhōng guó duō jiǔ le?

Is it difficult to learn Chinese?学中文很难吗?xué zhōng wén hěn nán ma?

How old are you? 你多大? Nǐ duō dà?

Do you like China? 你喜欢中国吗? Nǐ xǐ huan zhōng guó ma?

Do you have children? 你有孩子吗? Nǐ yǒu hái zi ma?

Are you married? 你结婚了吗 ? Nǐ jié hūn le ma?

Why aren’t you married yet? 你为什么还没结婚? Nǐ wèi shén me hái méi jié hūn

Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend? 你有男朋友/女朋友吗? Nǐ yǒu nán péng you/nǚ péng yǒu ma?

Did you catch a cold? 你感冒了吗? Nǐ gǎn mào le ma?

Do you like Chinese food? 你喜欢中国菜吗? Nǐ xǐ huan zhōng guó cài ma?

Do you know how to use chopsticks? 你会用筷子吗? Nǐ huì yòng kuài zi ma?

Your country is hotter than Chongqing right? 你们国家比重庆热,对吗? Nǐ men guó jiā bǐ Chóng Qìng rè

why did you choose to come to China? 你为什么选择来中国? Nǐ wèi shén me xuǎn zé lái zhōng guó?

your parents must be having alot of money right? 你父母一定很有钱吧? Nǐ fù mǔ yī dìng hěn yǒu qián ba.

Why do you have such long legs? 你为什么有这么长的腿? Nǐ wèi shén me yǒu zhè me cháng de tuǐ?

Why do you have a very nice figure? 你为什么身材这么好? Nǐ wèi shén me shēn cái zhè me hǎo?

Is this your real hair? 这是你的真头发吗? Zhè shì nǐ de zhēn tóu fa ma?

Why is your skin this black? 你的皮肤为什么这么黑? Nǐ de pí fū wèi shén me zhè me hēi?

Are you from Africa? 你来自非洲吗? Nǐ lái zì fēi zhōu ma?

Are you African? 你是非洲人吗? Nǐ shì fēi zhōu rén ma?

Learn and Love!!

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Do what makes your soul shine. 去做能让你的灵魂感到开心的事情吧!

Hello! 你好!

好久不见!It’s been a long time.

It is september already!已经九月了!

This year is almost over.今年很快就结束了

Anyway, I hope you are happy. 不管怎么样我希望你开心的

From the title it is important to note that the soul is one’s most important aspect in life. 一看标题可以看出,灵魂是生命中最重要的部分 。

It’s a part of a person, that is not physical, that experiences emotions and deep feelings. 是人的一部分,但不是 身物质的,而是接受情感和深刻感受的一部分。

Your soul needs protection to avoid negative effects on your emotions. 你的灵魂需要保护,以避免对你的情绪的负面影响

Here is how to; 以下是如何 ;

1.Glow with love and let your light illuminate your surroundings. 用爱的光芒照亮你的周围 .

2.Get your breathing rhythm on whenever you are in a place of negativity. 当你处于消极的状态时,保持呼吸的节奏

3.Visualise yourself in a good mood, imagine that heavenly feeling of having it all. 想象自己处于一个好心情,想象拥有一切天堂般的感觉.

4.Accept that you cannot control everything. 接受这样的事实,你不能掌控一切.

5.Have Faith in God’s power and wisdom over all His creation. 相信神在祂所造的一切之上都有权能和智慧.

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:-( DEPRESSION? or PROLONGED DEMOTIVATION?

Don’t grieve over what happened, don’t agonize over what didn’t happen, just live in the moment .
不为已经发生的事而悲伤,也不为没发生的事而苦恼,活在当下就好。

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Hello! 你好!HAPPY New month. It’s July already!! The first day of the second half of the year. I wish you happiness today and all the days of your life.

I would love to hear your answer to the question below.

Do people discuss their sadness?

In my opinion, most people would rather keep their not so happy moments to themselves.

I see quite a number of faces daily, happy, sad, welcoming, not so welcoming etc. For me a happy face won’t linger much in my mind, but a sad one will stick for long. I will keep wondering what would have happened if I said hi to the stranger and maybe try and cheer them up.

I thought about putting up this post a couple of weeks ago but that very familiar voice whispered in my ear with convincing arguments on why I shouldn’t write. Long story short, procrastination won! but today seems to be the perfect moment considering I have typed this far.

Whether you are the type to look for someone to cheer you up when you feeling low or you’re the type who will rush to a corner seat and drown your sad feelings in a plate of cheese fries, ask yourself, “why am I feeling this way?” Finding the root cause of your grumpy face will go along way in dealing with depression.

Kindly remember; BEING UNHAPPY IS NOT THE SAME AS BEING DEPRESSED.

I believe that the many cases of suicide in our society is somehow an indicator that so many people are silently dealing with depression. These battles overwhelm them at some point and they decide ‘enough is enough’ They look for ways to find some peace of mind.

I honestly did not know how to tell when someone is depressed. I literally searched the internet to find the signs and symptoms of depression and I will share them with you. Having an idea of what depression looks like will probably help us help someone in need. My advice, if you have a feeling you might be depressed, kindly seek help from a mental health professional.

Here are seven links to sites I found helpful information on depression.

  1. https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/depression/signs-and-symptoms
  2. https://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/depression-symptoms-and-types
  3. https://depression.org.nz/is-it-depression-anxiety/self-test/
  4. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/symptoms-causes/syc-20356007
  5. https://www.psycom.net/depression.central.women.html
  6. https://www.healthline.com/health/depression/recognizing-symptoms#getting-help
  7. https://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/depression-symptoms-and-warning-signs.htm

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Chinese Tone Changes(During pronunciation)

If you want to take credit, first learn to take responsibility.

如果你想要获得认可,首先要学会承担责任。

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你好!Hello!

It is very interesting how some tones change in Chinese language. Mastering the few rules that govern tone change will help you in speaking the language like a native speaker. Enjoy reading and kindly share your views on this topic with me in the comments section.

Not my words.

Please check out my you-tube channel, Chelimo Jepchirchir, (link at the end of this post) for a video on the same.

The lesson begins here. You will learn it right today.

THIRD TONE (v) CHANGES

When a third (v) tone is followed by another third (v) tone, the first one changes to a second (/) tone(when pronouncing) but the tone mark remains unchanged. e.g ni3 hao3 —>ni2 hao3

When the third (v) tone follows another tone, first(-) second ( / ) fourth ( \ ) and neutral, other than the third (v) tone,

the third (v) tone changes to a half (1/2) third tone i.e only the first half of the (v) is pronounced. The combinations are as shown in the examples below;

  • wan3 an1 晚安~Good night
  • hen3 mang2 很忙~very busy
  • wo3 jiao4 我叫…~My name is…
  • yi3zi 椅子~chair

yi1 一 TONE CHANGES

When ‘一’ is used alone or at the end of a sentence, or used as an ordinal number, it shall be pronounced in its original tone yi1.

When ‘一’ is followed by a first, second or third tone, it changes to the fourth tone. see the examples below;

  • yi1 tian1 一天~one day —> yi4 tian1
  • yi1 zhi2 一直~ all the time —> yi4zhi2
  • yi1 zhong3 一种~ one type —> yi4zhong3

When ‘一’ is followed by a fourth tone, it changes to the second tone. see the examples below;

  • yi1ci4 一次~ once —>yi2ci4
  • yi1bian4 一遍~ once —>yi2bian4
  • yi1hui-er4 一会儿~ a little while —>yi2hui-er4

When ‘一’ is between two identical verbs it changes to the neutral tone. see the examples below;

  • chang2 yi1 chang2 尝一尝~have a taste —> chang2 yi chang2
  • xiang3 yi1 xiang3 想一想 ~ give a thought to/think of —> xiang3 yi xiang3
  • kan4 yi1 kan4 看一看~ take a look at —> kan4 yi kan4

bu4 不 TONE CHANGES

When 不 is located before a fourth tone it changes to the second tone e.g;

  • bu4shi4 不是 ~no/ not —> bu2shi4
  • bu4jian4 不见~ not see —> bu2jian4
  • bu4yao4 不要~ Don’t /not want —> bu2yao4

When ‘不’ is in between two identical verbs or adjectives, it changes to the neutral tone. see the examples below;

  • hao3bu4hao3 好不好 directly translates to good or not good —> hao3 bu hao3
  • shi4bu4shi4 是不是 ~yes or no/ whether or not —> shi4 bu shi4
  • qu4bu4qu4 去不去~whether to go or not —> qu4 bu qu4

When 不 is in between a verb and a complement, it changes to the neutral tone e.g.

  • chi1 bu4 xia4 吃不下~ be unable to eat anymore /not feel like eating/ —>chi1 bu xia4
  • ting1bu4jian4听不见~inaudible、can’t hear —> ting1 bu jian4
  • mai3 bu4 dao4 买不到~ —> cannot buy/ not available to buy —> mai bu dao4

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Daily Tens-2 Basic Chinese (mandarin) Phrases!!

不要做一个旁观者,不要让生活与你擦肩而过

Don’t be a spectator, don’t let life pass you by.

Lou Holtz

Don’t let your Chinese friends/ business partners struggle with ‘Chinglish’ learn these basic phrases and converse with them in their own language. Let them go “哇塞!中文说得这么好啊?”

你的工作/生意怎么样?ni3 de gong1zuo4 / sheng1yi4 zen3me yang4 ~How’s work/business going?

还好/挺好/伟大 hai2hao3/ ting3hao3/ wei3da4 ~Not bad/ very good/ Great.

生日 快乐!sheng1ri4 kuai4le4 ~Happy Birthday!

谢谢你!xie4xie ni3 ~Thank you!

谢谢你所做的一切。xie4xie ni3 suo3zuo4 de yi1qie4 ~Thanks for everything.

赶快! gan3kuai4 ~Hurry!

回头见。hui2tou2jian4 ~See you later!

今晚见。jin1wan3jian4 ~See you tonight.

明天见。ming2tian1jian4 ~See you tomorrow.

看起来不错 kan4qi3lai2bu4cuo4 ~That looks great.

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Daily Tens-1 Basic Chinese(mandarin) Phrases!!

Want to have a chat with a Chinese citizen in Gikomba market? or do you want to buy some of their merchandise? or maybe you just want to inform them that they should hide from CS Matiang’i lest they get deported? Start with these simple phrases

你好! ni3 hao3 ~Hello!

早上好!zao3 shang4 hao3 ~Good morning!

下午好!xia4 wu3 hao3 ~ Good afternoon!

你好吗?ni3 hao3 ma~How are you?

我很好你呢? wo3 hen3 hao3 ni3 ne~I’m good and you?

很好,谢谢。hen3 hao3 xie4xie4 ~Very good, thanks.

你叫什么名字?ni3 jiao4 shen2 me ming2 zi4 ~What’s your name?

我叫 陀茜,你呢?wo3 jiao4 tuo2 xi1 ~My name is Tosi and you?

很高兴认识你。hen3 gao1 xing4 ren4 shi4 ni3 ~Nice to meet you.

你是哪里人? ni3 shi4 na3 li ren2 ~Where are you from?

Do not let your emotions override your judgement.

不要被情绪影响了你的判断力。

bu4 yao4 bei4 qing2 xu4 ying3 xiang3 le ni3 de pan4 duan4 li4

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