Lesson 003. More Greetings and Expressing Needs in Chinese.

More greetings and expressing basic needs in Chinese. Learn how to say ‘I want…’ or ‘I don’t want’ and a lot more!
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12 responses to Lesson 003. More Greetings and Expressing Needs in Chinese.

  1. jesse

    Hi Serge,
    I just found this site the other day and have started listening to the lessons. Like everyone else I have found it really helpful and easy to use. However, maybe it’s just me , ( as I just bought an I-pod and I’m unsure of how to use it properly ), but I can’t work out how I can transfer the lessons to my I-pod. Maybe I can’t do it at all, I’m not sure. I was just hoping that you could help me. Either way, you’ve done a great job with this site.
    Thanks a lot – Jesse

  2. Bode

    Hi Serge,
    I just discovered your wedsite… very interesting and helpfull! Thanks. But I can download the lesson 3 on my computer. Could you help me?

    Thanks a lot – Bode

  3. Serge Melnyk Post Author

    Hi Bode,

    There is no problem on my side, everything works. You can download any lesson by right-clicking on the “download” button and “saving the Mp3 file as…” on your computer. Alternatively, you can subscribe to RSS feed.



  4. Ma Rui kuan (my chinese name)

    Hey jesse, I have a windows desktop able to run multiple widows at the same time… The way I transfer these lessons to iTunes (since eps 1,2,3 arent on there) is to drag your mp3 into the itunes playlist.
    Although, I only have the podcast versions so it wont be under podcasts, as it normally would.
    Hope I helped ^.^

    Wo hen gan xie Serge!

  5. Katrina

    Dear Serge,

    I just found this site a few days ago while I was browsing the web and I absolutely found your site very interesting and nice.Thanks a lots for thinking of making this site.Even though im very young like 11 years old,I’m trying to learn different languages.I hope soon that I will be as good as you in Chinese!:D


  6. Hely Cantalice Neto

    Dear Serge,
    I am a 25 years old boy and like the other people, I found your site a few days ago in a search engine. I live in a little city in Brazil. Joao Pessoa is a city with almost 700.000 inhabitants, a little city in Brazil if we compare Rio and Sao Paulo over than 36.000.000 inhabitants. Here in Joao Pessoa we have much difficulties on buying language books, methods etc. So, thanks a lot for your contribution with the material within your web site. Congratulations.

  7. Isaiah Lary


    xiexie for the website, I signed up for the 6 month lesson transcripts and am pleased with the quality of the teaching. I was a little nervous at first but I am glad I chose this as my language program. I was looking at many language programs but they cost several hundred dollars, versus a six month subscription for the transcripts at 60.00$ Thanks for a good course and for encouraging us at the end of the lesson. Good job is nice to hear.

  8. Don

    Best audio lessons online! Better than my university classes! Thank you, Serge

  9. Manoj

    Thank you for great lessons. I admire your patience and appreciate the trouble you took to teach us Chinese. I never thought I could pick up this difficult language but with your help I have been able to take few steps forward.

  10. Paul

    Ni hao! Thanks for the great site. I am starting with your first few lessons and I believe it will be a great help to me. Any chance you can create a section on taking a Bus? When I am traveling to China in the Summer I plan on taking a lot of Buses.

  11. Caterina Pavese

    Hi Serge,
    First of all I want to thank you for this site. It is fundamental for me to practice language and it is definitely well made. Congratulations.
    Second, I have a question about the verb zuò. When you say zuò as a general “do” can I use also this character 作 or should I use only this 做 ? In the pdf I read this: 你作什麼 ? but I understand that the verb “to do” should be 做 if not associated with the word 工作 .
    Thank you for your time.

  12. Serge Melnyk Post Author

    Dear Caterina,
    Please refer to the reply that I left for Michael at the link below. Basically, nowadays, they are mixed. At least in Mainland China people use both and often mix them. Because they sound the same. If you google, you will see lots of examples using both.
    Historically, 做 appeared after 作 and it took parts of the meanings that 作 used to represent.

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