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Mandarin Chinese Travel Phrases

You have read this far, it means you already know the Chinese language basics. Its history, pronunciation, how to read and write pinyin, you have even learned a few characters, numbers... Now, here is the final step. Start talking! This is a small collection of Chinese basic phrases used very frequently. Check the pinyin pages again if you need to remember the pronunciation, and don't be afraid, just practice!

If you travel, remember that the language variant people speak might be different depending on the city you are visiting. Pronunciation varies especially in Cantonese. One thing about the standardized simplified characters is that no matter what dialect is spoken, the characters are the same ones, so if you are ever in trouble, just show the written words to anyone and they will help you out. Printing this page to carry around with you might be a good idea!

Hello!

Nǐ hǎo!1

你好!

I'm very well.

Wǒ hěn hǎo.

我很好.

Thank you!

Xiè xiè!

谢谢!

You are welcome!

Bùkèqi.

不客气.

Good bye!

Zài jiàn!

再见!

Please…

Qǐng…

请…

I am [Name].

Wǒ shì [Name].

我是 [Name].

Are you [Name]?

Nǐ shì [Name] ma?

你是 [Name] 吗?

Nice to meet you!

Hěn gāo xìng rénshi nǐ.

很高兴认识你.

Excuse me / I'm sorry.

Duìbuqǐ.

对不起.

I don't know.

Wǒ bù zhīdao.

我不知道.

I don't understand.

Wǒ bù míngbai.

我不明白.

I don't speak Chinese.

Wǒ bù huì shuō Hànyǔ.

我不会说汉语.

Do you speak English?

Nǐ huì shuō Yīngyǔ ma?

你会说英语吗?

Where is…?
Where is the toilet?
Where is Tiananmen Square?

….zài nǎr?
Cèsuǒ zài nǎr?
Tiānānmén Guǎngchǎng zài nǎr?

…在哪儿?
厕所在哪儿?
天安门广场

 

 

 

I'm lost.

Wǒ mí lù le.

我迷路了.

How do I get there?

Zěnme zǒu?

怎么走?

I want to…
I want to go to…
I want to exchange money.

Wǒ xiàng…
Wǒ xiàng qù…
Wǒ xiàng huán qián.

我想…
我想去…
我想换钱.

Taxi.

Chūzūchē.

出租车.

How much is this?

Duōshao qían?

多少钱?

Is this free of charge?

Miǎnfèi ma?

免费吗?

I'll take this one, please.

Qǐng gěi wǒ zhè gè.

请给我这个.

Please, take my picture.

Qǐng gěi wǒ pāi yīxià.

请给我拍一下.

I'd like a room (for two).

Wǒ yào shuāngrén fang.

我要双人房.

I will stay for xx days.

Dòuliú xx tiān.

逗留 xx 天.

May I use the computer?

Kěyǐ yòng diànnǎo ma?

可以用电脑

I don't feel well.

Wǒ bù shūfu.

我不舒服

I have a fever/temperature.

Fāshāo le.

发烧了.

I have a headache.

Tóuténg.

头疼

May I have…
May I have some water?
May I have the menu?
May I have this dish?

Qǐng gěi wǒ…
Qǐng gěi wǒ shuǐ.
Qǐng gěi wǒ càidān.
 Qǐng gěi wǒ zhè gè cài.

请给我…
请给我水.
请给我菜单.
请给我这个菜.

1. This expression literally means "Are you good?". It is used to say "Hello" and at the same time it means "How are you?", so the expected answer is "I am well."

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