20 Common Chinese Phrases

  • June 24, 2019
 

If you’re on a short trip to China and need to learn some survival Chinese phrases, these probably aren’t the phrases for you. But if you’re beginning your journey to learn Mandarin in China, these are 20 phrases you’ll encounter frequently in your daily life in China. They’ll also help show you basic examples of how to form sentences. Join Twelve and Lucy as they show you how to use them!

  1. Long Time No See

 

✌️好久不见!
✌️Hǎo jiǔ bú jiàn!
✌️Long time no see.

 

 

  1. Is anyone sitting here?

 

🤷‍♀️Is anyone sitting here?
🤷‍♀️Zhè li yǒu rén zuò ma?
🤷‍♀️这里有人坐吗?

 

 

  1. Do you drink Bai Jiu or Beer?

 

 

🍺你喝白酒还是啤酒?
🍺Nǐ hē bái jiǔ hái shì pí jiǔ?
🍺Do you drink Chinese white spirits or beer?

 

🤷‍♀️随便!🍻
🤷‍♀️Suí biàn!🍻
🤷‍♀️Doesn’t matter!🍻

 

  1. Are you coming to KTV with us?

 

🎤你跟我们一起去KTV吗?
🎤Nǐ gēn wǒ men yī qǐ qù KTV ma?
🎤Are you coming to KTV with us?

 

  1. Have you eaten?

 

🍜 你吃过了吗?
🍕 Nǐ chī guò le ma?
🍽 Have you eaten?

 

 

  1. What kind of gifts to Chinese people like?

 

🎁中国人喜欢什么礼物?
🎁Zhōng guó rén xǐ huān shén me lǐ wù?
🎁What gifts do Chinese people like?

 

 

 

   7. Can I add your Wechat?

 

✅我可以加你微信吗?
✅Wǒ kě yǐ jiā nǐ wēi xìn ma?
✅Can I add your WeChat?

 

 

    8.  Can I drink the tap water?

 

💦自来水可以喝吗?
💦Zì lái shuǐ kě yǐ hē ma?
💦Can I drink the tap water?

 

     9. Can I smoke in here?

 

🤷‍♀️Can I smoke here?
🤷‍♀️Wǒ zài zhè lǐ kě yǐ chōu yān ma?
🤷‍♀️我在这里可以抽烟吗?

 

 

   10. Happy Birthday!

 

🎈祝你生日快乐!
🎁Zhù nǐ shēng rì kuài lè!
🎉Happy Birthday!

 

 

    11. This chicken has bones in it.

 

 

😳The chicken has bones in it.
😳Jī ròu li yǒu gǔtou。
😳鸡肉里有骨头。

 

    12. What is that sound?

 

😳什么声音?
😳Shén me shēng yīn?
😳What was that sound?

 

    13. Let’s Order Takeout

 

🤷‍♀️晚上我们吃什么?
🤷‍♀️Wǎn shàng wǒ men chī shén me?
🤷‍♀️What are we eating tonight?

 

📱点外卖吧。
📱Diǎn wài mài ba.
📱Let’s order takeout.

 

    14. Drink more hot water.

 

🍵多喝热水
🍵Duō hē rè shuǐ
🍵Drink more hot water

 

     15. You’ve got the wrong number.

 

☎️你打错电话了
☎️Nǐ dǎ cuò diàn huà le
☎️You’ve called the wrong number

 

    16. I still haven’t finished my homework.

 

😅没有,我还没做我的作业。
😅Méi yǒu, wǒ hái méi zuò wǒ de zuò yè。
😅No, I still haven’t finished my homework.

 

 

    17. Eggplant!

 

In China, people say 茄子 when they take a photo.

🍆茄子
🍆qié zi
🍆Eggplant

 

 

    18. What are you doing at 1pm today?

 

🤷‍♀️你今天中午1点做什么?
🤷‍♀️Nǐ jīn tiān zhōng wǔ yī diǎn zuò shén me?
🤷‍♀️What are you doing today at 1 o’ clock in the afternoon?

 

 

 

 

    19. Time for class

 

⏰上课了!
⏰Shàng kè le!
⏰Time for class!

 

 

    20. Have a pleasant trip!

 

✈️祝你一路顺风
✈️Zhù nǐ yī lù shun fēng
✈️Have a pleasant trip!

 

Are you a beginner learning Chinese? Need help with speaking, pronunciation, grammar, writing characters, etc? There’s many wonderful resources such as language apps and language schools that can help you. Check out our language school vs app guide to determine which is right for you.

 

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