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Mandarin-chinese Language Mandarin-chinese Vocabulary: «Expressions to survive in China»

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Are you going to China for a while? Here is a list of Chinese expressions to communicate with your local interlocutors and to "survive" there.

Nǐ hao: hello[edit | edit source]

For the polite form, prefer nín hao.

Wǒ bú huì shuō Hànyǔ: I do not speak Chinese[edit | edit source]

At least not yet. A very useful expression to immediately remove any ambiguity.

Wǒ bù dǒng: I did not understand[edit | edit source]

In addition to the previous sentence for example.

Huānyíng huānyíng: welcome[edit | edit source]

So that the guests feel at home.

Jiǔyǎng jiǔyǎng: honored to meet you[edit | edit source]

When you meet someone you have heard (good things) about.

Zěnmeyàng: how are you?[edit | edit source]

A rather familiar catch-all phrase. To be avoided in formal circumstances.

Xièxie: thanks[edit | edit source]

In testimony of your eternal gratitude.

Duì bù qǐ: sorry[edit | edit source]

A little politeness is the least of things.

Méi guānxi: it's nothing[edit | edit source]

Or also "no problem", "it does not matter"

wǒ è: I'm hungry[edit | edit source]

In such a country, it would be criminal to miss out on meals. Or not, it's according to the tastes ...

Duō shǎo qián: how much does it cost?[edit | edit source]

To take the measure.

Zhè tài guì: it's too expensive[edit | edit source]

Mànmàn chi: Enjoy your meal[edit | edit source]

Literally, it means "take your time while eating" or "eat slowly".

Mǎi dān: the check please[edit | edit source]

A must, unfortunately.

Zài jiàn: good bye[edit | edit source]

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