Chinese Grammar: How To Use Interjections

Written byZoe Mei

Interjections used to express emotion or reactions.

Although they can be used to form a complete sentence on their own, you can also insert them in a full sentence.

In Chinese, interjections are written the same way as English, but the difference is that the intonation is different.

Interjection in Chinese

Expression English Chinese Pinyin
surprise or praise ah ! ā
question ah ? á
disbelief ah ǎ
answer or understanding ah à
dissastisfaction or reminding hey 哎 / 嗳 āi
emphasis hey ái
disagreement or denying hey 嗳 / 哎 ǎi
regret or disappointment hey 嗳 / 哎 / 唉 ài
surprise or complaining oh 哎呀 āiyā
surprise or agony ouch 哎哟 āiyō
triumphant or satisfaction ha ha
sadness or surprise uah hai
dissatisfaction or disbelief humph hēng
query hum Ń
understanding oh Ō
half belief half doubt what / oh Ó
discarding or scolding bah pēi
surprise wow wa
slight surprise I
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