你好      

<Nǐ hǎo!>  

You good! 

HELLO!

 

// we use  <ma> to create one type of a question

// word order is the same in indicative and interrogative sentence

你好!你好吗?      

<Nǐ hǎo! Nǐ hǎo ma?> 

You good! You good question_particle_ma?  

HELLO! ARE YOU FINE?

 

// you will understand the function of  <hěn> later in this lesson

// here the particle  <ne> creates a postscript “and you”?

我很好,你呢?      

<Wǒ hěn hǎo, nǐ ne?> 

hen good. You particle_ne?  

I’M FINE. AND YOU?

 

很好,谢谢      

<Wǒ hěn hǎo, xièxie!> 

I also hen good, thank you!

I’M ALSO FINE, THANK YOU!

 

These sentences are part of Lesson 1.1