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Ni-men hao! Ni-men hao ma? Wo hen hao, xiexie. Wo shi zai tushuguan. Wo shi meiguo xuesheng. Wo xue faguoren. Wo bu he pijiu. Wo yo meimei.

As you can probably tell, my Mandarin Chinese has suffered great losses since I took a semester of it, in the fall of 1999. I, myself, have suffered the great loss of my Chinese textbook (where are all of my language books disappearing to? There is some kind of vortex in my room, sucking them in), so I can't even check to see if what little I remembered is correct.

srah - Tuesday, 1 July 2003 - 11:03 AM
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gravatar katie - July 1, 2003 - 11:20 AM -

Explain to me why 'Hello' and 'How are you' are different by only 2 letters?

gravatar srah - July 1, 2003 - 11:25 AM -

I don't know... but actually, you're saying the same thing, and adding the word "ma" is what makes it a question, like adding a ? or going up at the end of the sentence.

The language is based on tones - so that you can be saying a completely different word depending on whether your voice goes up or down on the vowels. So instead of going up at the end of a sentence to ask a question, they add the word "ma".

Hello. Hello?

gravatar jailkih - April 26, 2004 - 4:17 PM -

this is a crazy topic,DUH!!!!!!!!!!!

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