Sunday, September 25, 2011

The 还 (hái) words of Chinese language

Earlier we looked at the (hǎo) words of Chinese language. Now let us look at the (hái) words.

In one of the earlier posts, How to say Hello in Chinese?, we learned that one way of responding to the question “How are you?” is 还好 (hái hǎo). 还好 means Okay.

The adverb means “rather; fairly”, implying that something is neither too good, nor too bad. Let’s look at some other words of Chinese language:

还行 (hái xíng): not bad

还可以 (hái kěyǐ): Okay

还不错 (hái bùcuò): not bad

还凑合 (hái còuhé): not too bad

As you can see above, all of these (hái) words mean either Okay or not bad. Now you can also use one of the above instead of 还好 (hái hǎo) you have been using.

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