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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.

你好 Nǐ hǎo: hello[edit | edit source]

For the polite form, prefer nín hao.

我不說中文/我不说中文 Wǒ bù shuō zhōngwén: I do not speak Chinese[edit | edit source]

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

我不明白 Wǒ bù míngbái: I do not understand[edit | edit source]

In addition to the previous sentence for example.

歡迎/欢迎 Huānyíng: welcome[edit | edit source]

So that the guests feel at home.

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

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

怎麼樣/怎么样 Zěnmeyàng: how are you?[edit | edit source]

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

谢谢/謝謝 Xièxie: thanks[edit | edit source]

In testimony of your eternal gratitude.

對不起/对不起 Duì bù qǐ: sorry[edit | edit source]

A little politeness is the least of things.

沒關係/没关系 Méi guānxi: it's nothing[edit | edit source]

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

我餓/我饿 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 ...

多少錢/多少钱 Duō shǎo qián: how much does it cost?[edit | edit source]

To take the measure.

這太貴/这太贵 Zhè tài guì: it's too expensive[edit | edit source]

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

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

買單/买单 Mǎi dān: the check please[edit | edit source]

A must, unfortunately.

再見/再见 Zài jiàn: good bye[edit | edit source]


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