In honor of our 1st year anniversary, we would like to teach our monthly Chinese lesson readers how to wish friends and family a happy birthday in Chinese.
Zhè shì sòng gěi nǐ de shēng rì lǐ wù.
Zhù nǐ shēng rì kuài lè !
This is a birthday gift for you. Happy Birthday!
Nǐ tài kè qì le。Xiè xiè!
You don’t have to (you are too kind). Thanks!
Nĭ duō dà le?
How old are you?
生日(shēng rì): birthday
礼物(lǐ wù): gift
快乐 (kuài lè): happy
客气(kè qì): kind, polite
Initials and Finals
Each character usually consists of an initial, a consonant that begins the syllable, and a final, which ends the syllable with a vowel(s). For example, in the syllable “ping", “p” is the initial and “ing” is the final.