Nǐ Guòjiǎng Le

Nǐ Guòjiǎng Le

As your Mandarin skills increase, you will inevitably receive compliments from Chinese friends. Chinese people appreciate modesty, so learning how to respond is a good idea.

The phrase nálǐ nálǐ? literally means “Where? where?”. It imply’s that you are not sure what your teacher/friend is talking about. It also gives your friend a chance to heap more praise on you.

The phrase “nǐ guòjiǎng le”. Is sure to bring a smile, because you are accusing your friend of exaggerating your skills.

You might also hear someone praise you by saying “Nǐde Zhōngwén hěn biāozhǔn”

It turns out that, perhaps, most Chinese people do not speak standard Mandarin. The regional dialects have been evolving for (literally) thousands of years. Good news for you: it is actually easier for you to learn “standard” Mandarin, because you haven’t been influenced by community dialect.

Sentence

PinyinChineseEnglish
1你的中文很厉害。Nǐ de Zhōngwén hěn lìhai.Your Mandarin is amazing!
2哪里哪里。Nálǐ nálǐ?Where, Where?
1你真的很不错。 Nǐ zhēn de hěn bùcuò.You are really good.
2哈哈,你过奖了!Hāhā, nǐ guòjiǎngle!Haha, you exaggerate!
1你的中文很标准.Nǐde Zhōngwén hěn biāozhǔnYour Chinese is right on.

Vocabulary

PinyinEnglish
你的Nǐ deyour
中文ZhōngwénMandarin
厉害lìhaifearsome
哪里Náwhere
真的zhēn dereally
不错búcuòexcellent
哈哈hāhāhaha
过奖guòjiǎngexaggerate
标准biāozhǔnstandard