Chinese Phrases: How to Sound Like a Local

You’ve probably heard the hypothesis of the Chinese language becoming the language of the future. There is no way to know if all the nations will speak some kind of an alternative version of Chinese but it will be a smart move to start learning it today. Apart from having good prospects for the future environment, knowing basic Chinese phrases can lead the way to success in business. In case you are an entrepreneur and would like to expand your business to China, learning some of the common expressions will help you a lot.

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  1. Basic Chinese Phrases
  2. Advanced Chinese Phrases
  3. Essentials for Tourists

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1. Basic Chinese Phrases

Hello.你好 (Nǐ hǎo)
How are you?你好嗎? [你好吗] (nǐ hǎo ma)
Pleased to meet you.幸會 [幸会] (xìng huì)
Good luck!祝你好運 (zhù nǐ háoyùn)
I don’t understand.我不懂 (wǒ bù dǒng)
How may I address you?怎么称呼 (zěn me chēng hū?)

2. Advanced Chinese Phrases

Hey, what’s up?诶, 怎么样? (ēi, zěn me yàng?)
Do you come here often?你常来这儿吗? [你常來這兒嗎?](nǐ cháng lái zhè’er ma?)
Have you eaten?你吃了吗? (nǐ chī le ma?)
Are you a local?你是本地人吗?(nǐ shì běn dì rén ma?)
What kind of work do you do?你作什么样的工作? (nǐ zùo shén me yàng de gōng zùo?)
Let’s keep in touch.我们再联络吧。(wǒ mén zài lián lùo ba)

Phrases to use when you are angry:

Go away!不要打擾我! [不要打扰我!] (búyào dǎrǎo wǒ)
Leave me alone!不要打擾我! [不要打扰我!] (búyào dǎrǎo wǒ)

3. Essentials for Tourists

How much is this?這個多少錢? [这个多少钱?] (Zhège duōshǎo qián?)
Where’s the toilet?廁所在哪裡?[厕所在哪里?] (cèsuǒ zài nǎli?)
Help!救命啊! (jìumìng ā!)
Call the police!叫警察! (jiào jǐngchá)
Where is …?在哪里? (zài nǎlǐ?)
Rest-room.厕所 (cèsuǒ)
The bill, please. Thank you. – 结账,谢谢。(jié zhàng, xiè xie)

To be continued…

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