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Promises and compliments in standard Chinese

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1  Promise "wǒ huì yīzhí zài nǐ shēnbiān." This statement roughly means, "I will always be by your side."

In simplifed Chinese characters, this expression would be written as, 我会一直在你身边。

This expression is roughly pronounced, whoa hwey ee-jir dz-eye knee shen bee-en". Wo is third tone. Hui is fourth tone. Yi zhi is chunked together (first, second). Zai (dz combo) is fourth. Ni is third. Shen bian should be put together. Shen is a first tone,as is bian so they should be pronounced with the same pitch.

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2  Indicate a lifelong commitment with "ràng wǒmen yīqǐ mànman biàn lǎo." This phrase translates loosely into, "Let's slowly grow old together."

In simplified Chinese characters, this expression would be written as, 让我们一起慢慢变老。

This expression is roughly pronounced, rang whoa-men ee-chee man man be-en low". Rang is fourth tone. Women is a chunk, a third tone that rises high for the neutral tone. Yiqi is also together, first tone then third. Both mans are fourth tones with long a sounds. Bian is one syllable, a fourth tone word. Lao is a third tone word.

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3  Compliment your loved one's smile with "nǐ de xiàoróng ràng wǒ zháomí." The equivalent of this expression would be, "Your smile mesmerizes me."

In simplified Chinese characters, this expression would be written as, 你的笑容让我着迷。

This expression is roughly pronounced, "knee duh shee-ow rong rang whoa jow mee". Ni is a third tone followed by the neutral de. Xiaorong is one word (meaning smile); it is a total of two syllables. Xiao is a fourth tone word, whereas rong (with a long o) is a second tone. Rang is a fourth tone word with a long a. Wo is a third tone. Zhao (with zh=j) is a second tone, as is mi.

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4  Let your special someone know, "nǐ zài wǒ yǎn lǐ shì zuì měi de." Use this expression to tell someone, "You are the most beautiful person in my eyes."

In simplified Chinese characters, this expression would be written as, 你在我眼里是最美的。

This expression is roughly pronounced, knee dz-eye whoa yen lee, shir dzui may duh." Ni is a third tone, zai is 4th (remember the dz combo), wo is third, yan changes to second and li is third. This is a fourth tone. Zui is also a dz combo; its a fourth tone word. Mei is a third tone, but the neutral de after should be higher than the end pitch of mei.

2016-06-21

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