Basic Mandarin for Travellers,Learn Chinese Phrases Before Your Trip to Beijing


Mandarin for Travellers

Mandarin for Travellers

Basic Mandarin for Travellers

Below is some basic Mandarin which will serve you well on your trip to Beijing and also allows you to the rich linguistic milieu created by Chinese citizens infusing Mandarin with the influence of surrounding nations.

Basic Greetings and Introdutions

English Pinyin Simplified
Characters
Hello! Nǐ hǎo! 你好!
Good Morning! Zǎo Shàng hǎo! 早上好!
Good day! Nǐ hǎo! 你好!
Good Evening Wǎnshang hǎo! 晚上好
How are you? Nǐ hǎo ma? 你好吗?
Fine,Thanks! Hěn hǎo xiè xie. ! 很好,谢谢!
So-so Hái kěyǐ. 还可以.
What’s your name、 Nǐ jiào shénme míngzi? 你叫什么名字?
My name is…. Wǒ jiào.. 我叫。。。
I’m very happy to meet you Wǒ hěn gāoxìng rènshi nǐ. 我很高兴认识你。
Goodbye! Zàijiàn! 再见!
See you later! huì tóu jiàn 回头见
Good Night. Wǎnān. 晚安.
Where do you live? Nǐ zhù zài nǎ er? 你住在哪儿?
I live in Beijing Wǒ zhù zài Běijīng. 我住在北京.
This is my friend Zhè shì wǒde péngyou. 这是我的朋友。
This is my wife Zhè shì wǒde lǎo pó 这是我的老婆。
This is my Husband Zhè shì wǒde lǎo gōng 这是我的

Directions

English Pinyin Simplified
Characters
Where (zài) nǎli?/.. (zài) nǎ er? 哪里,哪儿
Stop tíng
Where can I find the taxis? Qǐngwèn zài nǎ er kěyǐ zhǎodào chūzūchē? 请问在哪里可以找到出租车?
Where is the public bus stop Qǐngwèn gōnggòng qìchēzhàn zài nǎ er? 请问公共汽车在哪里?
Where is the Subway station Qǐngwèn dìtiězhàn zài nǎ er? 请问地铁站在哪里?
Left zuǒ
Right yòu
Go straight ahead. Yì zhí wǎng qián zǒu. 一直往前走
Go that way Wǎng nèibiān zǒu. 往那边走
Take me to this address, please. Qǐng nǐ bǎ wǒ sòng dào zhè ge dìdiǎn. 请问你把我送到这个地点!
City Map Shìqū dìtú 市区地图
Subway map Dìtiě xiànlùtú. 地铁线路图

At the Resturants

English Pinyin Simplified
Characters
Menu Càidān 菜单
Wine list Jiǔshǔi dānzi. 酒水单子
Appetizer Xiǎochī 小吃
Main Course Zhǔcài 主菜
Dessert Tiándiǎn 甜点
Tea Chá.
A glass of water Yì bēi shǔi. 一杯水
Coffee with Milk kāfēi jiā niúnǎi 咖啡加牛奶
Vegetables Shūcài 蔬菜
Breakfast Zǎocān 早餐
Lunch Wǔcān 午餐
Dinner Wǎncān 晚餐
Plate Pánzi 盘子
Fork Chāzi 叉子
Spoon Shao?zi 勺子
Chopsticks Kuàizi 筷子
Salt Yán
Pepper Là jiāo 辣椒
Sugar Táng
Soup Tāng
Salad Sèlā 色拉
Sour Suān

Shopping

English Pinyin Simplified
Characters
Supermarket Chāojí shìchǎng 超级市场
Market Shìchǎng 市场
Book Store Shūdiàn 书店
Liangma Collection Market Liàng mǎ shōu cáng pǐn shì chǎng 亮马收藏品市场
Panjiayuan Antique Market Pān jiā yuán jiù huò shì chǎng 潘家园旧货市场
Blouse, skirt, dress Chènyi, qúnzi, líanyīqún 成衣,圈子,连衣裙
Women’s clothes Nǚ zhuāng 女装
Men’s Clothes Nán zhuāng 男装
Children’s Clothes Tóng zhuāng shàng 童装上衣

Numbers

English Pinyin Simplified
Characters
0
líng
1
2
èr
3
sān
4
5
6
liù
7
8
9
jiǔ
10
shí

Basic Chinese Phrases

English Pinyin Simplified
Characters
I’m Sorry Hěn bàoqiàn. 很抱歉
Excuse me. Duìbuqǐ. 对不起
I don’t understand Wǒ tīng bù dǒng. 我听不懂
I don’t speak Chinese Wǒ bú huì Zhōngwén. 我不会中文
Do you speak English? Nǐ huì shuō Yīngyǔ ma? 你会说英语吗?
How much does this cost? Zhè shì duōshǎo qián? 这个多少钱?
Can you help me? Nǐ néng bāngbāngmáng ma? 你能帮帮忙吗?
Where is the bathroom? Cèsǔo zài nǎ er? 厕所在哪儿
Can I get on the internet? Wǒ kěyǐ shàngwǎng ma? 我可以上网吗?
Where is Banks of China located? Zhōng guó yín háng zhù zài nǎ er 银行在哪儿?
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