If you're learning Chinese, you might learn that native Mandarin speakers have many other ways to say "thank you" besides bowing.
Today we'll show you 6 Chinese phrases to use when you need to express your gratitude under different circumstances!
1. 多谢 (duō xiè) — Thanks a lot
This is usually used in SMS messages and notes.
It's appropriate for casual conversations as well, for example, you are given something at work, or when people helped you.
2. 感谢 (gǎn xiè) — Many thanks
This is usually used where you owe someone gratitude, or in some semi-formal conversations.
For instance, it is appropriate to use the verb or when a classmate helps a lot with your project or if your coworker unexpectedly covers for you.
3. 哪里哪里 (nǎ li nǎ li) — Oh, stop!
A rather cute and "flirtatious" way to say "thank you".
Not just in romantic situations, you can easily go for this phrase when you receive compliments or when you're praised for your good behavior, hard work, etc.
It's similar to "I'm flattered" or "you’re too kind".
4. 麻烦你了 (má fan nǐ le) — Sorry for the trouble
Note that this isn't quite a formal apology. It’s a great phrase to use, no matter it's for a small favor that you never asked for, or when someone has gone out of their way to help you.
5. 你太好啦 (nǐ tài hǎo la) — You're the best
Promise me you will never use this in a formal meeting first! The phrase is a great expression to use between family, friends or people you know quite well, because it not only properly expresses thankfulness but also lifts them up and makes them feel pretty good about themselves.
6. 不、不 (bù bù) — No, no
Note that this expression here is not equal to a rejection. And some might be confused, why "no, no" contains similar meaning to a gratitude?
Not always, promise only use this when receiving compliments! Weird enough?
Here's our explanation: Saying "no, no" as you slightly wave your hands is a widely used way to deflect a compliment and come off as humble, modest and admirable in many Chinese speaking cultures. In case you haven't noticed, deflecting compliments is common here, it isn’t a self-deprecating practice. The logic is like: we all know you deserved that compliment, but deflecting it just makes you look better.
Chinese is a fascinating language, isn't it? With your newfound understanding of how to express gratitude in Chinese, get out there, practice and make some new friends!
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