Chinese Friendship Vocabulary Posted by Ayana on Feb 22, 2022 in Music, Vocabulary
One of the things I most love about China is the people. Over the years, while traveling, studying, and working in China, I was lucky to meet many kind people on the way. Despite different backgrounds and culture barriers we became good friends in joy and sorrow. China was the basis for our friendship, and the Chinese language, the hand gestures and facial expressions were our tools to communicate.
Zhù zài zhōng guó de shí hòu wǒ jiàn miànle hǎo duō shàn liáng yǒu hǎo de zhōng guó rén.
When I lived in China, I met a lot of kind and friendly Chinese people.
友好 (yǒu hǎo) from the sentence above is an adjective meaning friendly. It can describe people, relations, actions, etc. For example:
Liǎng guó bǎo chí yǒu hǎo guān xì.
The two countries maintain friendly relations.
Wǒ men yǒu hǎo dì fēn shǒu.
We broke up amicably.
Bié ràng tā nà yǒu hǎo de yán cí bǎ nǐ méng hùn zhù.
Don’t let his friendly words fool you.
People use many 友好的表示 (yǒu hǎo de biǎo shì, friendly gestures) in their relationships. On my first year in China, for example, I was living in Kunming. Every day after lunch I headed back home for a rest. Walking in the same alley at the same hour I always noticed one house. Its door wide open, on the threshold a young lady cutting hot pepper and meat, while her son played behind her on the floor. After a couple of weeks passing by, we started nodding to each other. This was our first 友好的表示. Then we start smiling to each other. Until one day the lady simply said, knife still in her hand: 吃饭吧 (chī fàn ba, let’s eat). I couldn’t resist such a 友好的表示. So we ate. I was welcome for lunch ever since and I spent there most of my siesta hours, eating, chatting and playing. The little boy taught me a famous Chinese nursery rhyme 我的朋友在哪里 (wǒ de péng yǒu zài nǎ lǐ, where is my friend):
一 二 三 四 五 六 七
啦 啦 啦 啦 真欢喜
Yī èr sān sì wǔ liù qī
wǒ de péng yǒu zài nǎ lǐ
zài zhè lǐ zài zhè lǐ
wǒ de péng yǒu zài zhè lǐ
la la la la zhēn huān xǐ
tóng chàng gē lái tóng yóu xì
xiào xī xī duō tián mì
wǒ de péng yǒu jiù shì nǐ
One two three four five six seven
Where is my friend
He is here he is here
My friend is here
La la la la so happy
Sing together, play together
Smile and laugh how sweet
My friend is you
You can sing along with the next animated video:
The character 友 (yǒu) that appears in the words above – 朋友 (péng yǒu, friend) and 友好 (yǒu hǎo, friendly) – appears in many more phrases referring to friendship. For example:
Tell us about your friends in the comment below. Did you visit China? Have you made friends in China? Use the words above to tell us all about it.
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