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Welcome in Mandarin Lesson Plan

written by: Sujanti Djuanda • edited by: Tricia Goss • updated: 9/10/2013

Chinese beginners often ask about the usages of Chinese characters for welcome in informal and formal situations. If you are a new teacher, this lesson plan will help you teach 欢迎 【huānyíng】 and 欢迎光临 【huānyíng guānglín】, and explain how they are different.

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    1. Explain 欢迎 【huānyíng】 (informal) with examples.

    2. Explain 欢迎 【huānyíng】 (formal) with examples.

    3. Explain 欢迎光临 【huānyíng guānglín】 (formal) with examples.

    4.Learning Activities: Home Exercises

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    I. Explain 欢迎 【huānyíng】 (Informal) with Examples

    欢迎【huānyíng = welcome】 is used in informal situations.

    Example 1:

    Welcome to my dormitory.

    Literally means: Welcome you come to my dormitory.

    欢迎 【huānyíng = welcome】 你【nǐ = you】 来 【lái = come】 我的 【wǒde = my 】 宿舍 【sùshè = dormitory】。

    欢迎 你 来 我的 宿舍。

    Example 2:

    Welcome! Do you like it here?

    Welcome! Do you like this place?

    欢迎 【huānyíng = welcome 】 !喜欢 【xǐhuān = like 】 这里 【zhèlǐ = here】 吗 【ma】?

    欢迎!喜欢 这里 吗?

    Example 3:

    Welcome to join our game.

    欢迎 【 huānyíng = welcome 】 参加 【 cānjiā = join, attend 】 我们的 【 wǒmén de = our 】 游戏 【yóuxì = game】。

    欢迎 参加 我们的 游戏。

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    II. Explain 欢迎 【huānyíng】 (Formal) with Examples

    欢迎 【huānyíng = welcome】 can also be used in formal situations, depending on the context.

    Example 1:

    Welcome to Air China Airlines.

    Literary means: Welcome to come to Air China Airlines.

    欢迎 【huānyíng = welcome】 来到 【láidào = to come to】 中国 【Zhōngguó = China】 国际 【guójì = international】 航空公司 【hángkōnggōngsī = airline, airline company】。

    欢迎 来到 中国 国际 航空公司。

    Example 2:

    Welcome to Beijing subway line one.

    Literally means: Welcome to ride Beijing subway line one.

    欢迎 【huānyíng = welcome】 乘坐 【chéngzuò = ride】 北京 【BěiJīng = Beijing】 地铁 【dìtiě = subway】 一号【yīháo = number one】 线 【xiàn = line】。

    欢 迎 乘坐 北京 地铁 一号 线。

    Example 3:

    Welcome to the weather forecast.

    Literary means: Welcome to see the weather forecast.

    欢迎 【huānyíng = welcome】 收看 【shōukàn = to see】 天气 【tiānqì = weather】 预报 【yùbào = forecast】。

    欢迎 收看 天气 预报。

    Example 4:

    Welcome to join the International Commodities Fair.

    欢迎 【huānyíng = welcome】 参加 【cānjiā = join, attend】 国际 【guójì =international】 商品 【shāngpǐn = commodity, goods】 交易 【jiāoyì = business, trade 】 会 【huì=fair】。

    欢迎 参加 国际 商品 交易会。

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    III. Explain 欢迎光临 【huānyíng guānglín】 (Formal) with Examples

    欢迎光临 【huānyíng guānglín = welcome】is only used in formal situations.

    Example 1:

    Welcome to our website company.

    Literary means: Welcome presence to our website company.

    欢迎 【huānyíng = welcome】 光临 【guānglín = presence (of a guest, etc.)】 我们 【wǒmén = we】 公司 【gōngsī = company】 网 站 【wǎngzhàn = website】。

    欢迎 光临 我们 公司 网站。

    Example 2:

    Welcome! Excuse me, what would you like to drink?

    Literary means: Welcome presence! Excuse me, what would you like to drink?

    欢迎 【 huānyíng = welcome】 光临 【guānglín = presence (of a guest, etc.)】! 请问 【qǐngwèn = excuse me】, 您 【nín = you】 想 【xiǎng = would like to】 喝 【hē = drink】 点 【diǎn = a little, a bit】 什么 【shénme = what】?

    欢迎 光临,请问 您 想 喝 点 什么?

    Note: 点 【diǎn = a little, a bit】 is used to soften the sentence.

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    IV. Learning Activities: Homework Exercises

    1. What do you think about this sentence? Is it right?

    Welcome to our home.

    Literary means: Welcome to come to our home.

    欢迎光 临 【huānyíng guānglín = welcome】 来到 【láidào = to come to】 我们 【wǒmén = we】 家 【jiā = home】。

    Answer: No, it’s wrong. 欢迎光临 【huānyíng guānglín = welcome】 is only used in a formal situation. The correct sentence should be 欢迎 【huānyíng = welcome】 来到 【láidào = to come to】 我们 【wǒmén = we】 家 【jiā = home】.

    2. What do you think about this sentence? Is it correct?

    Welcome to the Bank of Guangzhou.

    Literary means: Welcome to come to the Bank of Guangzhou.

    欢迎 【huānyíng = welcome】 来到 【láidào = to come to】 广州 【GuǎngZhōu = Guangzhou】 银行 【yínháng = bank】。

    Answer: Yes, it’s right.

    Fill the Blank with the Appropriate Words:

    1. Welcome! What kind of noodles do you want to eat?

    ......, 请问 【qǐngwèn = excuse me】 您【nín = you】 想 【xiǎng = would like, want to】 吃 【chī = eat】 什么 【shénme = what】 面 【miàn = noodles】?

    Answer: 欢迎光临 【huānyíng guānglín = welcome】

    2. Welcome to “My Family News."

    Literary means: Welcome to see “My Family News."

    ...... 《 我 【wǒ = my】 家 【jiā = family】 新 闻 【xīnwén = news】》。

    Answer: 欢迎 【huānyíng = welcome】 收看 【shōukàn = to see】

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