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11. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

... In Chinese, "nihao" [nee-how] and "zaijian" ....

BTW, for those who do not know, romanised chinese are phonetics, with some exceptions/differences.

The letter "z" has the sound of "C" (minus the 'h' sound),
"Zh" => "Ch" (a little bit like Jh),
"Q" => "Ch" (think of the word "Qi" in Qi-Gong),
"X" => "Sz",
"B" => "P" (minus the 'h' sound),
"P" => "Ph" (not the 'f' sound but a combination of P and h),
"D" => "T" (minus the 'h' sound),
"T" => "Th" (like Thailand).

Note: The above are the nearest sound I can explain.

12. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting steffbo

how do you pronounce tschuss??

daveh, it's a pity we can't leave audio messages on the side yet. So I try to explain how to put your mouth. What you do it is, you make your lips pointy and form a circle, breath out and you will say the German "Tschüss" (we also have "Umlaut", a letter with two dots on top for ä and ö,but not to get you too confused I will explain that another time;))[/quote]

I always pronounced "Tschuss" like:

CH (like in church) and UICE (like in juice).

Is that right Steff?

13. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

I always pronounced "Tschuss" like:

CH (like in church) and UICE (like in juice).

Is that right Steff?[/quote]

Nice one travel100, that would definetely do the job;)!

14. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

thanks, i've learnt something today!!

15. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y


Hello - ciao, buon giorno (this is more of "good day")
Goodbye - ciao, arrivederci

16. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting mtlchica

Well, since I have two languages, one not being english...

French: bonjour and au revoir

There's also the flexible "salut!", not to be confused with the less flexible "slut!".

17. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y


Hola - hello
Adios - good bye

Buenos dias - good day - or the short version - buenos (use before noon)
Buenas tardes - good afternoon - or the short vrsion buena (use after noon)
Buenas noches - good evening/night - again the short version - buena

18. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y



good day= Bom dia (pronounced bong gia)

And then it's just ciao for bye!

I also know hello is "Tashi delek" in Tibetan it literally means congratulations (for living!! well thats what I always assumed?!!)

19. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

I didn't mean t be unhappy about portuguese btw :( it was a bad mix of punctuation!!

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