How to Say ‘No’ in Chinese – Yangyang 4

Saying ‘no’ in Chinese is not as straightforward as you’d want it to be.  First of all, the way to say it for the present and future is different from the expression for the past. At the same time, the tone is changed on some occasions.

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Saying ‘no’ in Chinese can be tricky.

The most frequently used word for ‘no’ in Chinese is bu4 (不).  The word, however, is often used to express something for the present or the future. When you are talking about something in the past, you would use the word mei2 (没) instead.

Another thing that make the use of the word 不 a bit difficult is the tone.  不 is often pronounced in the 4th tone.  When the character following it is also in the  4th tone,  however,  the word would be pronounced in the 2nd tone.

It’s a bit complicated, isn’t it!

Do not, however, worry about it.  These are just the small details about how the word is used, and the ways ‘no’ is said in Mandarin. It’s good if you can observe the rules when you are using the expression. If you use it incorrectly, more often than not, people would still be able to understand you.

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23 Responses to “How to Say ‘No’ in Chinese – Yangyang 4”

  1. Shi Tan March 14, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    it has huge differences.用 is for use phone.你用手机。but 吃 is for eat,just meaning to eat something.for example,you eat bread.你吃面包。i am chinese,hope you have a good master of chinese.

  2. ThaFacka March 14, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    hmmm, what’s the difference between yong (用) and chi (吃) in everyday usage?

  3. DiiAM00NDx3 March 14, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    Yangyang? May you make a vocab list with helpful words , please :D?

  4. zzajizz March 14, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    Hahaha, same sentiments. Who knew Chinese would seem so technically challenging from a different POV. Sidenote: I’ve been mixing English and Chinese all my life and the result is not pretty.

  5. Saket Bharti March 14, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    Poo no boobs

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  10. MrBanyndit March 14, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

    Damn i’m on fire, i’ve watched about 13 chinese learning videos and i’m absorb this knowledge like a desert absorbs water, fucking hundred percent comprehension. I can’t understand people’s whining about it being hard.. they just deter people from learning it..

  11. parasitezombiexx March 14, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    I didn’t get this at all yay!

  12. DanielEdma March 14, 2013 at 8:14 pm #


  13. 54legen March 14, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    I’m Chinese. After I watched this video, I feel Chinese is difficult..

  14. planetka12 March 14, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    ni shi hen hao laoshi and feichan piaoliang laoshi
    she is very good teacher 😉 and very beautiful … amazing 😉
    thank for this lessons 😉 with this teacher learn chinese is right way to know pice of this language.
    xie xie

  15. shahnathasni137 March 14, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

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  16. UncleFexxer March 14, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

    this course rocks!

  17. sapphireangels7 March 14, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    Great job, young lady ! Very easy to follow : )

  18. 亮 张 March 14, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

    your first sentence: wo bu chi chao fan
    and your second sentence: wo zao can bu chi chao fan
    tips: chao fan means fried rice and zao can means breakfast
    zao means early , can means meal,so you see, it’ s quite easy to remember a lot of chinese words honestly:)

  19. tykko8899 March 15, 2013 at 12:08 am #

    How do you say, “I do not eat fried rice.”
    How do you say, “I do not eat fired rice for breakfast.”

  20. AznAlacran March 15, 2013 at 12:29 am #

    I love you ^.^

  21. Meriadoc Baggins March 15, 2013 at 1:17 am #

    you are totally right. I’m brazilian and her english is so easy to understand also. she is great *—-*

  22. yukipham18 March 15, 2013 at 1:33 am #

    I’m still confused trying to differentiate all the tones. Maybe it’s because my native language is also a tonal language?

  23. hello838 March 15, 2013 at 2:00 am #

    This is good 😀

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