I'm really new to learning Chinese. But I firmly believe that immersing yourself in the language helps a lot! So, before going to bed every night, I watch some Chinese TV shows (I tend to pick some game shows, because the things they talk about are quite day-to-day stuff). I have been hearing a lot of dà jiā hǎo (大家好) . I realised it was a greeting, but didn't exactly know what it was .. I just knew 你好 (nǐ hǎo) and 你们好 (nǐ men hǎo). Anyway, I didn't pay much attention to the greeting either. I told myself that someday I'd get to know what it meant. 

One night, I had a very happy dream where I was sitting inside a large empty house and for some strange reason, thinking, "What could dā jiā possibly mean?" (Yes, from all the chinese shows, I registered people pronouncing it as dā jiā, and not dà jiā) . Then I thought, "Hmm .. could it be dà jiā like the big house I was sitting in .. I know that dà is big and jiā is something like a family/home ... a big family .. the whole world .. " Suddenly the French word tout le monde shot into view .. "Yes!! dà jiā must mean everyone and dà jiā hǎo must mean hello everyone!!!" 

As soon as I came to that realisation, the house I was sitting in collapsed in on me, and I woke up! It was the middle of the night. Nevertheless, I pulled out my laptop and opened up a chinese dictionary and type 'everyone' into it .. and there it was - 大家 dà jiā!

Feeling proud of myself, I closed my laptop and went back to sleep. This enlightening dream has really motivated me to continue learning! And I have now come across this website! My first blog post here ... and I'm excited to meet all of you here!  大家好 :)

Have you ever dreamed in Chinese or realized something about the language in a dream?

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Comment by Martha Roberts on August 6, 2013 at 10:41pm

哈哈哈! I have dreamt in chinese but i don´t remember anything. My mom told me once that I talked in chinese while sleeping. But I have no idea what I said... Maybe I ordered something to eat or greated people for the cinese new year...

Comment by Liu Libin on August 4, 2013 at 12:54am

I was very surprised at what you learn Chinese enthusiasm, if I had half your carefully to learn English, I think my English will be very good。
i'm chinese, as you said, '大家好' means 'Hello everyone", But why we say '大家好', not '小家好‘ or any other words , it's very complex。
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‘大’: means big, In China, the 'big' means power, means a lot, means respect (right worship), for example, on the ancient, we called government officials as '大人', and now we call great strength artificial as '大力士'
'家‘:means home, Like all countries people, Chinese people believe that family is the closest person, So if we use '家‘ with other word together, means we told you: we have good relationship.
’好‘: means Good, As you see '好'='女' '子', In ancient times, Every chinese people hope have two child, one boy and one girl, So in chinese, one boy and one girl means Good, very good
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So, '大家好’ contains more details then "Hello Everyone", There are Chinese culture, it means:
1、Hello Everyone
2、This is the honorific
3、we are very close
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Chinese in every word, every font has a specific culture and philosophy of the Chinese way of doing things, I hope you like Chinese.
感谢你!
Sorry for my poor english , 555.

Comment by Josh Gibbs on July 22, 2013 at 5:37am

Haha. This is funny. For the longest time, my teachers would greet the class with 大家好 and I would not understand what it meant. Finally, after 5 years of formal Chinese classes, I noticed sign on the wall saying essentially if 大家 spoke Chinese, points would be given. After a couple months in this classroom, I put two and two together and realized 大家好 means Hello everyone!

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