Open Class Chinese - Daily Mandarin-

Have You Eaten?

At round mealtime, when Chinese people meet, it is common to greet each other by saying, “ 你 吃 了吗 (nǐ chī le ma)? “ (Have you eaten yet?), or the " 你 nǐ ", or "you" is omitted for simplicity in everyday usage.  You need to be familiar to use ” 吃 了 吗? chī le ma ?" as it is most often used between friends, co-workers and neighbors at mealtime. Let us talk about how to use and respond to it as follows.

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Have You Eaten?

小 王 , 你 去 哪 儿 了 ?

xiǎo wánɡ , nǐ qù nǎr le ?

Where did you go, Xiao Wang?

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Have You Eaten?

我 去 吃 饭 了 , 你 吃 了 吗 ?

wǒ qù chī fàn le , nǐ chī le mɑ?

I went to lunch. Have you eaten yet?

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Have You Eaten?

还 没 吃 。

hái méi chī。

No, I haven't.

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Have You Eaten?

你 忙 什 么 呢 ? 怎 么 还 不 去 吃 饭 ?

nǐ mánɡ shén me ne ? zěn me hái bú qù chī fàn ?

What are you up to? How come you are not going to eat?

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Have You Eaten?

没 关 系 , 我 还 不 饿一 会 儿 再 吃 。

méi ɡuān xi , wǒ hái bú è 。 yí huìr zài chī 。

It doesn't matter. I'm not hungry yet. I’ll eat later.

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Have You Eaten?

你 的 工 作 做 完 了 吗 ?

nǐ de ɡōnɡ zuò zuò wán le mɑ ?

Have you finished your work?

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Have You Eaten?

还 没 做 完 。

hái méi zuò wán 。

I haven’t done yet.

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Have You Eaten?

好, 我 们 一 会 儿

hǎo , nà wǒ men yí huìr jiàn !

Ok, see you later then!

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Have You Eaten?

一 会 儿 见 !

yí huìr jiàn !

See you later!

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Content

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Vocabulary to know

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还 [ hái ] (adv)

HSK L2 Unit 4

Still, yet

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他 还 没 有 起 床。

tā hái méi yǒu qǐ chuánɡ。

He hasn't got up yet.

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没 (没有) [ méi (méi yǒu) ] (adv)

HSK L1 Unit 3

Not, did not, there is not

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教 室 里 没 有(没)人。

jiào shì lǐ méi yǒu (méi) rén。

There is no one in the classroom..

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什么 [ shén me ] (pron)

HSK L1 Unit 3

What

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那 是 什 么 ?

nà shì shén me ?

What’s that?

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怎么 [ zěn me ] (pron)

HSK L1 Unit 8

How (indicating nature, condition or manner)

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怎 么 打 开 这 个 盒 子 ?

zěn me dǎ kāi zhè ɡe hé zi ?

How do I open this box?

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没关系 [ méi ɡuān xi ]

HSK L1 Unit 1

That is okay, it doesn’t matter