OH NO! OH DEAR! WOW! 📣 Chinese interjections alert!
Chinese interjections can be a super powerful way to express your emotions. They’re extremely common and useful for such a tonal language.
Have a think about your current language bank – how many Chinese interjections do you know? They’re used in everything so worth learning… you might even notice some in Chinese tongue twisters!
Have you just discovered that your friend studies Chinese at That’s Mandarin too?
Received an unexpected present?
Found some cash in your winter coat
Use 啊 (ā) = Oh!
🔸 Ā, nǐ yě zài zhèlǐ xué Hànyǔ a
🔸 Oh, you study Chinese here as well
Did your boyfriend forget about your mom’s birthday?
Is your friend telling you some nonsense?
Use 哼 (hēng) = Hmm…
🔸 Hēng… Wǒ bù xiāngxìn nǐ shuō de
🔸 Hmm…I don’t believe you
Have you just passed your HSK exam?
Bought a new book?
Had an amazing date?
Use 哈哈 (hāhā) = Haha!
🔸 Hāhā, wǒ tōngguò le HSK kǎoshì
🔸 Haha, I just passed the HSK exam
Lost in mahjong to your neighbor 3 times in a row?
Late for work?
Say 哎哟 (āiyō) = Oh no
🔸 Āiyō, zhè yī cì wǒ yòu méiyǒu tōngguò kǎoshì
🔸 Oh no, I failed the test again
Want to get back to your Chinese classes, but the pandemic doesn’t let you?
Your favorite TV show finished?
Your cat doesn’t love you anymore?
Use 唉 (āi) = Oh dear; Oh my
🔸 Āi, yìqíng shénme shíhou néng jiéshù a? Wǒ hǎo xiǎng huí xuéxiào shàngkè ya
🔸 Oh dear, when will the pandemic be over? I really want to return to my classes
Chinese interjections – friend or foe?
Did you learn a few or know them all already? If you already knew them, why not challenge yourself and take our Chinese language pop quiz? Or even try something harder like the past participles used in Chinese?