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151: How to Respond to Compliments in Mandarin Chinese

By Learnmandarinnow

We all like to think that we have done a good job. It may be at work when your boss compliments you, or at home when we cook something special for someone special. Make sure you know how to give (and receive) compliments and make someone else happy!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) How to give compliments to another person

(ii) To receive compliments from someone gracefully


Two people are having a meal at home:


(zài jiā lǐ qǐng kè chī fàn)

(at home with a guest)

  1. Male
  2. Female


Xiǎo lì, nǐ zuò de táng cù yú tài hǎo chī le!

Xiao Li, the sweet and sour fish you made is delicious.


Xiè xie, nǐ xǐ huān chī wǒ jiù gāo xìng.

Thanks, I am glad you liked it.


Zhè qīng chǎo shí shū yě hěn shuǎng kǒu.

The stir-fried seasonal vegetables are tasty too.


Duō xiè kuā jiǎng! Ài chī jiù bié kè qi ā!

Thanks for the compliments! Help yourself to some more if you like it so much.


Hái yǒu zhè gè wán zi tāng, jiǎn zhí shì chú shī jí shuǐ píng ā!

And this meat ball soup is as good as any chef’s.


Nǎ lǐ nǎ lǐ, wǒ hái yǒu dài tí gāo.

Thank you, but I still need to improve.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:


糖醋鱼:sweet and sour fish







时:short for ‘时令’ (seasonal)

蔬:short for ‘蔬菜’ (vegetable)

爽口:tasty and refreshing


别客气:help yourself

丸子:meat ball





哪里哪里:thank you



Cultural/Grammar note:

‘谢谢’, ‘哪儿的话’ and ‘哪里哪里’ are very common ways to respond to someone’s compliments. ‘我还有待提高’ is another way to play them down a little.

Mandarin Chinese learning resources we recommend:

Italki Logo
Using Italki, a unique system of learning Mandarin Chinese where you interact with real teachers, is widely recognised as an effective way to learn a new language! You’ll make more progress and learn how native Chinese speakers really speak. Plus, Italki is more affordable than offline tutors, offline schools and software, and is convenient to use at your own pace and place!


Keats Chinese School
Keats Chinese School, which was founded in 2004, is one of the top Mandarin Chinese language schools in China, offering both one-on-one immersion Mandarin courses and small group Chinese classes. Located in Kunming, Keats develops personalised exercises and materials for students to meet their learning goals and requirements and can arrange a student visa for its 16 week course.

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