Greetings 1 is the 1st skill in the Chinese language tree. It has two lessons and teaches the words for "hello" and "goodbye".

Grammar Notes Edit

Pinyin Edit

Pinyin is a system of spelling that romanizes Chinese, which does not have an alphabet like English. Chinese instead uses characters to represent entire words. Some words like 好 (meaning good) are made up of only one character, but words can also have two or more characters, such as 高兴 (meaning happy) Pinyin gives a way to represent the sounds used in Chinese. Here are some examples of pinyin:

Character Pinyin
高兴 gāoxìng
你好 nǐhǎo

Tones Edit

Tone is the change of pitch in a word, which in Chinese is used to differentiate between words. Tone is very important to pronunciation and using the wrong tone can result in an entirely different word than intended. For example, the words below are all pronounced "ma" but differ in tone:

Pinyin Character Meaning Tone
mother 1
hemp 2
horse 3
to scold / to curse 4
ma question particle

Tone is discussed further in the skill Numbers


Lesson 1Edit

  • 你好 (nǐ hǎo) = hello
  • 你 (hǎo) = good
  • 好 (nǐ) = you

Lesson 2Edit

  • 再见 (zài jiàn) = goodbye
  • 再 (zài) = again/once more
  • 见 (jiàn) = see


Duolingo Lesson:

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