2016-03-27elementary

How to Chat with Chinese using WeChat

Are you familiar with WeChat? WeChat is one of the biggest chat apps in China, currently boasting over 9 billion users. It is used similar to how WhatsApp, Viber, LINE, etc. are used in other countries but with mainly Chinese users, so you can make a lot of Chinese friends if you have WeChat.

With WeChat, not only can you send messages to friends, but you can also do other things like buying train tickets, movie tickets and transferring money to friends.

You can learn more about WeChat on Wikipedia, and learn how to register on WikiHow.

In this lesson, we will learn how to chat with your friends using WeChat. The first thing you must do is ask your friends to add you. WeChat is called 微信 [wēi xìn] in Chinese, so you can ask them like this:

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I, me
néng
to be able to, can
jiā
to add
you (informal)
wēi xìn
微信
微信
WeChat
ma
(question particle for "yes-no" questions)
 

Could I add you on WeChat?

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Instead of typing in a username or number, user information is often exchanged by scanning the other person's QR code.

二维码 [èr wéi mǎ] QR code

Add Friend

Now, how do you say “scan QR code” in Chinese?

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1.
you (informal)
sǎo
to sweep, to scan
I, me
hái shi
还是
還是
or
I, me
sǎo
to sweep, to scan
you (informal)
 
 
2 .
I, me
lái
to come round
sǎo
to sweep, to scan
you (informal)
 
(
de
~'s (possessive particle)
èr wéi mǎ
二维码
二維碼
QR code
 
)。

1. Will you scan me, or should I scan you?
2. I'll scan you (your QR-code).

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There are also other methods to add friends besides using a QR code:

  • 搜电话号码 [sōu diàn huà hào mǎ] – Search by phone number
  • 搜微信号 [sōu wēi xìn hào] – Search by WeChat ID

Below is the ”Add Contacts” page of WeChat.

Add Friend

  • 添加朋友 [tiān jiā péng you] – Add Contacts
  • 我的微信号 [wǒ de wēi xìn hào] – My WeChat ID
  • 邀请朋友 [yāo qǐng péng you] – Invite friends to WeChat
  • 雷达加朋友 [léi dá jiā péng you] – Friend Radar
  • 面对面建群 [miàn duì miàn jiàn qún] – Join Private Group
  • 扫一扫 [sǎo yi sǎo] – Scan QR Code
  • 手机联系人 [shǒu jī lián xì rén] – Mobile Contacts
  • 公众号 [gōng zhòng hào] – Official Accounts

Now that you've added your friends, you can start chatting!

Chat

  • 照片 [zhào piàn] – Photos
  • 拍摄 [pāi shè] – Camera
  • 小视频 [xiǎo shì pín] – Sight
  • 视频聊天[shì pín liáo tiān] – Video Call
  • 红包 [hóng bāo] – Red Packet
  • 转帐 [zhuǎn zhàng] – Transfer
  • 位置 [wèi zhì] – Location
  • 收藏 [shōu cáng] – Favorites

You can send messages or voice message to your friends. Many Chinese prefer to send voice messages instead of text messages, as it saves you from having to type anything. How do you say voice message in Chinese?

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1.
yǔ yīn
语音
語音
voice
xiāo xi
消息
消息
message, information
 
2.
to send out
yǔ yīn
语音
語音
voice
xiāo xi
消息
消息
message, information
 
3.
shōu dào
收到
收到
to receive
yǔ yīn
语音
語音
voice
xiāo xi
消息
消息
message, information

1. Voice message
2. Send voice message
3. Receive voice message

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You also can send 表情 [biǎo qíng](emoticons/stickers) to your friends. There are a lot of fun stickers available to download for free.

Home Page

  • 相册 [xiàng cè] – My Posts
  • 收藏 [shōu cáng] – Favorites
  • 钱包 [qián bāo] – Wallet
  • 卡包 [kǎ bāo] – Coupons
  • 表情 [biǎo qíng] – Sticker Gallery
  • 设置 [shè zhì] – Settings

You can press 下载 [xià zài](download)to get the stickers.

Emoticons

It is also common to create chat groups for people with same hobby etc. You can try to start a group yourself.

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1.
I, me
lái
to come round
to drag, to add/create (with dragging motion in WeChat)
ge
classifier for people or objects in general
qún
group
 
2.
I, me
particle marking the following noun as a direct object
you (informal)
to drag, to add/create (with dragging motion in WeChat)
jìn
to enter, to come (or go) into
qún
group
 
3.
tuì
退
退
to retreat, to withdraw
qún
group
 
4.
shān
to delete
qún
group

1. I'll create a group
2. I'll add you to the group
3. Leave group
4. Delete group

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You can create a group from here.

Chat Top

  • 发起群聊 [fā qǐ qún liáo] – Group Chat
  • 添加朋友[tiān jiā péng you] – Add Contacts
  • 扫一扫 [sǎo yi sǎo] – Scan QR Code
  • 收付款 [shōu fù kuǎn] – Money
  • 微信 [wēi xìn] – Chats
  • 通讯录 [tōng xùn lù] – Contacts
  • 发现 [fā xiàn] – Discover
  • 我 [wǒ] – Me

You also can post something on your 朋友圈 [péng you quān](Moment), to let your friends know what you're up to lately. It is used in the same way as the timeline on Facebook.

Moments

  • 发朋友圈 [fā péng you quān] – Post

And you can buy movie tickets and other things using “钱包 [qián bāo](Wallet)”.

Wallet

  • 转账 [zhuǎn zhàng] – Transfer
  • 手机充值 [shōu jī chōng zhí] – Mobile Top Up
  • 理财通 [lǐ cái tōng] – Wealth
  • 微粒贷借钱 [wēi lì dài jiè qián] – Loans
  • Q币充值 [Q bì chōng zhí] – QQ Coins
  • 生活缴费 [shēng huó jiǎo fèi] – Utilities
  • 城市服务 [chéng shì fú wù] – Public Services
  • 信用卡还贷 [xìn yòng kǎ huán dài] – Card Repay
  • 微信红包 [wēi xìn hóng bāo] – Red Packet
  • AA收款 [AA shōu kuǎn] – Go Dutch
  • 腾讯公益 [téng xùn gōng yì] – Tencent Charity
  • 滴滴出行 [dī dī chū xíng] – Order Taxi
  • 火车票机票 [huǒ chē piào jī piào] – Rail & Flights
  • 京东精选 [jīng dōng jīng xuǎn] – Specials
  • 电影票 [diàn yǐng piào] – Movie Tickets
  • 吃喝玩乐 [chī hē wán lè] – Group Buy

Now that we've learned so many WeChat related terms, I’m sure you'll be able to use the Chinese version of WeChat, so that you can practice your Chinese while you chat with friends.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s download WeChat, make more Chinese friends and have fun!