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Chinese Grammar: How To Use Interjections

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

ExpressionEnglishChinesePinyin
surprise or praise ah !ā
questionah ?á
disbeliefah ǎ
answer or understandingah à
dissastisfaction or remindinghey哎 / 嗳āi
emphasisheyái
disagreement or denyinghey嗳 / 哎ǎi
regret or disappointmenthey嗳 / 哎 / 唉ài
surprise or complainingoh 哎呀āiyā
surprise or agonyouch 哎哟 āiyō
triumphant or satisfactionha ha
sadness or surpriseuah hai
dissatisfaction or disbeliefhumph hēng
queryhum Ń
understandingohŌ
half belief half doubtwhat / ohÓ
discarding or scoldingbahpēi
surprisewowwa
slight surpriseI

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