Chinese Association

欢迎 - Huanying!

Welcome to the BYU-Idaho Chinese Association home page!

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Contact:
President: Nathan Sanchez
Phone: 610-392-2111
Email: san12008@byui.edu

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Useful Words

Whether you go to China, or just want to talk to people around campus, these words will help you blow them away with your language skills. Have fun!

Useful Mandarin Words


Hello

你好 (nǐ hǎo),
How are you?
你好嗎? (nǐ hǎo ma)
I'm fine thanks, and you? 我很好,你呢? (wǒ hěn hǎo, nǐ ne)
My name is... 我姓 ... (wǒ xìng ...)

I love you

我愛你 (wǒ ài nǐ)

Thank you
謝謝 (xièxie)

Good bye
再見 (zàijiàn)

Fun Facts

did you know that...

Fact 1:
Ice cream was invented in China around 2000BC when the Chinese packed a soft milk and rice mixture in the snow.

Fact 2:
The Chinese year is based on the cycles of the moon. This is called a lunar schedule. A complete cycle of the Chinese calendar takes 60 years. The Chinese calendar dates back to 2600 B.C. It is the oldest known calendar.

Fact 3:
When a Chinese child loses a baby tooth, it doesn't get tucked under the pillow for the tooth fairy. If the child loses an upper tooth, the child's parents plant the tooth in the ground, so the new tooth will grow in straight and healthy. Parents toss a lost bottom tooth up to the rooftops, so that the new tooth will grow upwards , too.

Fact 4:
It is considered good luck for the gate to a house to face south.

Fact 5:
Fourth graders are expected to know 2,000 of the over 40,000 written Chinese characters. By the time they leave college, they will know 4,000 or 5,000 characters. Each character is learned by looking at it and memorizing it.

Fact 6:
Each year is represented by an animal. There are twelve animals which represent the twelve months.

Fact 7:
We know that the Chinese grew rice as long ago as 5000 BC. Archaeologists have found rice grains in farming tools and pots from that period.

Fact 8:
Long ago, silk making was a closely guarded secret. Anyone who gave the secret away could be killed.

Fact 9:
Red is considered a lucky color in China. At one time wedding dresses were red. New Year's banners, clothing, and lucky money envelopes are still red.

Fact 10:
China is often considered the longest continuous civilization, with some historians marking 6000 B.C. as the dawn of Chinese civilization. It also has the world’s longest continuously used written language.