In this episode of the podcast, we focus on learning how to be polite in Chinese and you’ll learn the phrases for “please,” “thank you,” and “you’re welcome.” Wondering how to how to say thank you in Chinese? You’ll learn how with these Chinese phrases in this week’s snack-sized lesson.

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In This Lesson, You Learned:

“Thank you” in Chinese – 谢谢 xièxie

“Thanks a lot” in Chinese – 感谢 gǎnxiè

“Please” in Chinese – 请 qǐng

“You’re welcome” – 别客气 bié kèqì or bukeqi bú kèqì which literally means “don’t be polite” and I’ll get to why that is in just a moment.

Featured Trade Secret:

This episode’s trade secret is from Shannon and it’s all about keqi.

And this is an important one because it’s very different from Western culture where we go out of our way to show our gratitude to those closest to us.

If you tell your Chinese friends thank you, you’re telling them you feel there’s a need for formality between the two of you. In other words, distance. Instead, to show a friend gratitude, just return the favor or gift. The idea of reciprocity is important.

So, if for example, they drive you to the airport. Instead of thank you, you make yourself available to drive them the next time they need a lift! If they bring you back a gift after traveling—you know what to do!

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