Learn How to Say “Okay” and “Not Okay” in Chinese

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Learn how to say “Okay” and “Not Okay” in Mandarin Chinese
In Chinese, the words “okay”, “good” and “fine” have very similar meanings and therefore, they share the same character, 好 [hǎo]. Frequently, we use the word 好 [hǎo] to form and answer questions. Keep in mind that the ways to form and answer questions are very different between Chinese and English. While in English one can use question words such as “Can” How” and “Why” to ask questions, it does not work in the Chinese language. In Chinese, people often question with the structure like this – “we go out for dinner, okay or not okay?” And in Chinese grammar, this is call verb-negation-verb phrases. In response to the question, while in English people often answer it with yes and no, it also does not work in Chinese. Chinese people answer the question with “okay” or “not okay”. To learn more, watch our YouTube video.

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Q&A – How to Answer Questions with Okay / Not Okay

English Meaning Pinyin Chinese Characters
Q: How are you? nǐ hǎo ma 你好吗?
A: I am fine. wǒ hěn hǎo 我很好?
Q: Shall we eat out? wǒ men qù chū chī fàn hǎo bù hǎo 我们出去吃饭 , 好不好?
A: Yes / No hǎo / bù hǎo 好/不好
Q: Can you give me a call tomorrow? nǐ míng tiān dǎ diàn huà gěi wǒ hǎo ma? 你明天打电话给我好吗?
A: Yes / No hǎo / bù hǎo 好/不好
Q: Can you please stop lying? qǐng nǐ bù yào zài shuō huǎng hǎo ma? 请你不要再说谎好吗?
A: Okay / Not Okay hǎo / bù hǎo 好/不好
Q: How have you been lately? nǐ zuìjìnguò de hǎobù hǎo? 你最近过的好不好?
A: I live happily with nothing good or bad happening to me. méi shén me hǎo bù hǎo de, wǒ guò hěn kuài lè 没什么好不好的,我过很快乐