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Today we'll learn a few of popular expressions of saying thanks. Xie Xie Ni!

Y: Perfect Chinese your way, in only five minutes a day. Welcome to this edition of Chinese Studio. I'm Yajie.

Cam: Hi, everyone, I'm Cam. This daily show will teach Chinese at the elementary level, which is very appropriate,considering I'm just starting to learn myself! Hi Yajie, thank you for inviting me to the French Movie Show. I love it!

Y: You are welcome. I'm happy you enjoyed it.

Cam: Yajie, I have a question. How to say "Thank you" in Chinese?

Y: That's just what I want to tell you today. Now let's check Key words of the day!

Key words in Pin Yin and Chinese Characters
Today we'll learn a few of popular expressions of saying thanks.

Xie xie ni.Thank you.

Fei chang gan xie.Thank you very much.

Bu yong xie.Bu ke qi.You are welcome. All in today's Chinese Studio.

Y: When you want to thank somebody for doing something for you. For instance, Thank you for passing me the salt. Just say Xie xie or Xie xie ni, which has the same order as that of in English. Xie xie means thank, and ni means you. Thank you. Xie xie ni.

Cam: Xiexie ni, Yajie. Xie xie ni for teaching me how to say "Thank you". Is it right?

Y: Absolutely! And the response should be Bu yong xie.You are welcome.

Cam: Bu yong xie!

Y: Yes. You can get the pronunciation of by deleting the "sh" from the English word bush. And then you will get bu. Bu yong xie. Literally it means "Don't thank", Bu yong is "There's no need to...", and Xie is "Thank". So the whole sentence has the meaning of "Don't mention it." But I think one thing is important. And that is the pronunciation of Bu would be changed to bu, the second tone, when it's put in front of the one that has the fourth tone.

Cam: Interesting! So it is bu yong instead of bu yong?

Y:Correctly!

Cam: Yajie, can I say bu xie ?

Y: Yes, it's more casual to say Bu xie than Bu yong xie in daily life. It's just like "Welcome" is the short form of "You are welcome." in English. So today we will learn the negative form of verb. Simply just need to put Bu in front of the verb xie, bu xie

Cam: Xiexie ni!

Y: Bu yong xie.

Y: There is another way to say "Thank you". Gan xieis the formal way of Xie xie. It's widely used in writing. For example,Gan xie ni.

Cam: Gan xie ni. Thank you.

Y: When you want to show your great appreciation to somebody. The proper saying isFei chang gan xie.Thank you very much. Fei chang is an adverb, which means "very,quite.

Cam: Fei chang gan xie. But the order of the words is different from that of in English.

Y: Yes, very much thank you. Fei chang gan xie.

Key Words Reminder:
Xie xie ni.Thank you. Fei chang gan xie.Thank you very much. Bu yong xie.You are welcome.

Y: Also you can say Bu ke qias the reply to Xie xie. And it's another way of saying "You are welcome". Bu ke qi. Ke qi is courteous,so Ke qi means "Don't be so polite."

Cam: Bu ke qi.

Y: Great. Hope it will be useful.

Cam: Thanks. Certainly it will. Well, every one. That's it for today. One more important thing, you can win a gift by answering the question of the day: How to show your great appreciation to people in Chinese You can make a sentence. If it's difficult for you to write Chinese characters, the Chinese alphabet or pinyin will also do.