Survival Mandarin Phrases - Part 1

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23 October 2017

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Survival Mandarin Phrases – Part 1

Basic Mandarin Chinese Phrases

 
The Chinese language is a fun, but often challenging adventure for foreigners to learn. The system of reading, writing, and pronunciation is quite different from English or other European languages which can result in some confusion when first starting out.

Never fear! It’s not as hard as it may seem at first. Every day in China is a new opportunity to learn. Before you travel, it’s good to practice a few key phrases as many people do not speak any English! We’ve compiled a handy list to get you started.

 

Hello/How are you?
nín hǎo?
您好?

 

Yes.
zhèng què.
正确。

 

No.
cuò wù.
错误。

 

Please.
qǐng.
请。

 

Thank you.
xiè xiè nín.
谢谢您。

 

You’re welcome.
bú kè qì.
不客气。

 

Excuse me.
láo jià.
劳驾。

 

I am sorry.
dùi bù qǐ.
对不起。

 

Good morning.
zǎo chén hǎo.
早晨好。

 

Good evening.
wǎn shàng hǎo.
晚上好。

 

Good night.
wǎn ān.
晚安。

 

Mandarin Chinese Phrases For Making Conversation

 

Do you speak English?
nín hùi jiǎng yīng yǔ ma?
您会讲英语吗?

 

Does anyone here speak English?
zhè lǐ yǒu rén hùi jiǎng yīng yǔ ma?
这里有人会讲英语吗?

 

I only speak a little Chinese.
wǒ zhǐ huì jiǎng yì diǎn zhōng wén.
我只会讲一点中文。

 

What is your name?
nín jiaò shén me míng zì?
您叫什么名字?

 

My name is Luo Lun Si.
wǒ jiaò lúo lún sī.
我叫罗论丝。

 

I’m fine. Thank you.
wǒ hěn hǎo, xiè xiè nín.
我很好谢谢您。

 

I am very glad to meet you.
Hěn gāo xìng rèn shí nín.
很高兴认识您。

 

I don’t understand.
wǒ bú míng bái.
我不明白。

 

What did you say?
nín shūo shén me?
您说什么?

 

Can you speak more carefully?
nín kě yǐ jiǎng màn diǎn ma?
您可以讲慢点吗?

 

I understand perfectly.
wǒ wán quán míng bái.
我完全明白。

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