Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Basic Chinese Words

There are seven main ``dialects`` in China (though none are intelligible to the other), however China`s national language is Mandarin, and is termed the common language. We will therefore be exploring Mandarin this year. Below are a few basic Mandarin greetings and sayings.

Ni Hao
pronounced*: knee how

How are you
Nihao Ma
pronounced*: knee how mah

Thank You
Xie Xie
pronounced*: sheeuh sheeuh (said very quickly)

Good Bye
pronounced*: dsai-jee-en

*I haven't included the tones, which are difficult to explain without hearing it. 

Below is a short video from Learn Chinese With Ease that describes the formal and informal ways of saying Hello in Mandarin, including the tones.

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