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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.
 
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.
==hao: hello==
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==hao: hello==
 
For the polite form, prefer nín hao.
 
For the polite form, prefer nín hao.
==Wǒ bù hui shuo Hanyu: I do not speak Chinese==
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==Wǒ bú huì shuō Hànyǔ: I do not speak Chinese==
 
At least not yet. A very useful expression to immediately remove any ambiguity.
 
At least not yet. A very useful expression to immediately remove any ambiguity.
 
==Wǒ bù dǒng: I did not understand==
 
==Wǒ bù dǒng: I did not understand==
 
In addition to the previous sentence for example.  
 
In addition to the previous sentence for example.  
==Huanying huanying: welcome==
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==Huānyíng huānyíng: welcome==
 
So that the guests feel at home.  
 
So that the guests feel at home.  
==Jiuyang jiuyang: honored to meet you==
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==Jiǔyǎng jiǔyǎng: honored to meet you==
 
When you meet someone you have heard (good things) about.
 
When you meet someone you have heard (good things) about.
 
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==Zěnmeyàng: how are you?==
==Zĕnmeyàng: how are you?==
 
 
A rather familiar catch-all phrase. To be avoided in formal circumstances.
 
A rather familiar catch-all phrase. To be avoided in formal circumstances.
==Xiexie: thanks==
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==Xièxie: thanks==
 
In testimony of your eternal gratitude.
 
In testimony of your eternal gratitude.
 
==Duì bù qǐ: sorry==
 
==Duì bù qǐ: sorry==
 
A little politeness is the least of things.
 
A little politeness is the least of things.
==Mei guānxi: it's nothing==
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==Méi guānxi: it's nothing==
 
Or also "no problem", "it does not matter"  
 
Or also "no problem", "it does not matter"  
==è: I'm hungry==
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==è: I'm hungry==
 
In such a country, it would be criminal to miss out on meals. Or not, it's according to the tastes ...
 
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?==
 
==Duō shǎo qián: how much does it cost?==
 
To take the measure.
 
To take the measure.
 
 
== Zhè tài guì: it's too expensive ==
 
== Zhè tài guì: it's too expensive ==
 
 
==Mànmàn chi: Enjoy your meal==
 
==Mànmàn chi: Enjoy your meal==
 
Literally, it means "take your time while eating" or "eat slowly".
 
Literally, it means "take your time while eating" or "eat slowly".
 
 
==Mǎi dān: the check please==
 
==Mǎi dān: the check please==
 
A must, unfortunately.
 
A must, unfortunately.
 
 
==Zài jiàn: good bye==
 
==Zài jiàn: good bye==

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Expressions-to-survive-in-China.jpg

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

For the polite form, prefer nín hao.

Wǒ bú huì shuō Hànyǔ: I do not speak Chinese

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

Wǒ bù dǒng: I did not understand

In addition to the previous sentence for example.

Huānyíng huānyíng: welcome

So that the guests feel at home.

Jiǔyǎng jiǔyǎng: honored to meet you

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

Zěnmeyàng: how are you?

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

Xièxie: thanks

In testimony of your eternal gratitude.

Duì bù qǐ: sorry

A little politeness is the least of things.

Méi guānxi: it's nothing

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

wǒ è: I'm hungry

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?

To take the measure.

Zhè tài guì: it's too expensive

Mànmàn chi: Enjoy your meal

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

Mǎi dān: the check please

A must, unfortunately.

Zài jiàn: good bye