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Useful Mandarin Chinese phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Mandarin Chinese. The phrases are shown in traditional Chinese characters first, then in simplified characters in [square brackets] and pinyin in (brackets).

To see these phrases in many other languages click on the English versions.

English 普通话 / 國語 / 華語 (Mandarin Chinese)
Welcome 歡迎光臨 [欢迎光临] (huānyíng guānglín)
Hello
(General greeting)
你好 (nǐ hǎo) - inf
您好 (nín hǎo) - frm
Hello (on phone) (wéi)
How are you? 你好嗎? [你好吗] (nǐ hǎo ma)
Reply to 'How are you?' 我很好,你呢? (wǒ hěn hǎo, nǐ ne?)
Long time no see 好久不見 [好久不见] (hǎojǐu bújiàn)
What's your name? 你貴姓大名? [你贵姓大名?]
(nǐ guìxìng dàmíng?)
你叫什麼名字? [你叫什么名字?]
(nǐ jiào shénme míngzì?)
My name is ... 我姓 ... (wǒ xìng ...)
我叫... (wǒ jiào ...)
Where are you from? 你是從哪裡來的? [你是从哪里来的?]
(nǐ shì cóng nǎli lái de)
你是從哪兒來的? [你是从哪儿来的?]
(nǐ shì cóng nǎr lái de)
你是哪國人? [你是哪国人]
(nǐ shì nǎguórén)
I'm from ... 我是從 ... 來的 [我是从 ... 来的]
(wǒ shì cóng ... lái de)
我是 ... 人 (wǒ shì ... rén)
Pleased to meet you 我很高興跟你見面 [我很高兴跟你见面]
(wǒ hěn gāoxìng gēn nǐ jiànmiàn)
幸會 [幸会] (xìng huì)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
早安 (zǎoān)
早上好 (zǎoshànghǎo)
早晨好 (zǎochénhǎo)
你早 (nǐzǎo)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
午安 (wǔān)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
晚安 (wǎnān)
晚上好 (wǎnshànghǎo)
Good night 晚安 (wǎnān)
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
再見 [再见] (zàijiàn)
拜拜 (bàibài)
Good luck 祝你好運 (zhù nǐ háoyùn)
Cheers!
(Toasts used when drinking)
乾杯! [干杯!] (gān bēi) - "dry glass"
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
慢慢吃 (mànman chī) - eat slowly
請入席 [请入席] (qǐng rùxí) - please take a seat
吃好 (chī hǎo) - eat well
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
一路順風 [一路顺风] (yīlùshùnfēng)
一路平安 [一路平安] (yīlùpíngān)
一帆風順 [一帆风顺] (yīfānfēngshùn)
I understand 我聽得懂 [我听得懂] (wǒ tīngdedǒng)
我懂 (wǒ dǒng)
我明白 (wǒ míngbai)
I don't know 我不知道 (wǒ bù zhīdào)
I don't understand 我聽不懂 [我听不懂] (wǒ tīngbùdǒng)
我不懂 (wǒ bù dǒng)
我不明白 (wǒ bù míngbai)
Please say that again 麻煩你再説一邊 [麻烦你再说一边]
(máfán nǐ zài shuō yībiān)
請你再説一次好嗎? [请你再说一次好吗?]
(qǐng nǐ zài shuō yīcì hǎo ma?)
Please speak more slowly 麻煩你講慢一點 [麻烦你讲慢一点]
(máfan nĭ jiǎng màn yīdiǎn)
Please write it down 麻煩你寫一下,好不好? [麻烦你写一下,好不好?]
(Máfan nǐ xiě yīxià, hǎo bù hǎo?)
Do you speak English? 你會說英語嗎? [你会说英语吗?] (nǐ huì shuō yīngyǔ ma?)
你會講英語嗎? [你会讲英语吗?] (nǐ huì jiǎng yīngyǔ ma?)
Do you speak Mandarin? 你會不會講國語? [你会不会讲国语}
(nǐ huìbúhuì jiǎng guóyŭ?)
你會不會講普通話? [你会不会讲普通话?]
(nǐ huìbúhuì jiǎng pŭtōnghuà?)
你會說中文嗎? [你会说中文吗?]
(nǐ huì shuō zhōngwén ma?)
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
會,一點點 [会,一点点]
(huì, yīdiǎndiǎn)
會,一點兒 [会,一点儿]
(huì, yīdiǎnr)
How do you say ... in Mandarin? ... 中文怎麼說? [... 中文怎么说?]
(... zhōngwén zěnme shuō)
Excuse me 請問 [请问] qǐngwén - to attract attention (lit. "may I ask")
對不起 [对不起] duìbùqǐ - asking people to move
How much is this? 這個多少錢? [这个多少钱?] (Zhège duōshǎo qián?)
Sorry 對不起 [对不起] (duìbùqǐ)
抱歉 (bàoqiàn)
Please 麻煩你 [麻烦你] (máfán nǐ)
請 [请] (qǐng)
Thank you 謝謝 [谢谢] (xièxie)
感謝你 [感谢你] (gǎnxiè nǐ)
非常感謝你 (fēicháng gǎnxiè nǐ)
Reply to thank you 不客氣 [不客气] (bú kèqi)
不用謝 [不用谢] (bú yòng xiè)
沒關係 [没关系] (méi guānxi)
沒問題 [没问题] (méi wèntí)
Where's the toilet? 廁所在哪裡? [厕所在哪里?] cèsuǒ zài nǎli?
洗手間哪裡? [洗手间在哪里?] xǐshǒujiān zài nǎli?
This gentleman will pay for everything 這位先生會清單 [这位先生会清单]
(zhèiwèi xiānsheng huì qīngdān)
這位先生會埋單 [这位先生会埋单]
(zhèiwèi xiānsheng huì máidān)
This lady will pay for everything 這位女士會清單 [这位女士会清单]
(zhèiwèi nǔshì huì qīngdān)
這位女士會埋單 [这位女士会埋单]
(zhèiwèi nǔshì huì máidān)
Would you like to dance with me? 你要不要跟我跳舞? (nǐ yào bú yào gēn wǒ tiàowǔ)
I miss you 我想念你 (wǒ xiǎngniàn nǐ)
我想你 (wǒ xiǎng nǐ)
I love you 我愛你 [我爱你] (wǒ ài nǐ)
Get well soon 快點好啦 [快点好啦] (kuài diǎn hào la)
祝您早日康復 (zhù nín zǎorì kāngfù)
Go away! 不要打擾我! [不要打扰我!] (búyào dǎrǎo wǒ)
别管我! (bié guǎn wǒ)
Leave me alone! 不要打擾我! [不要打扰我!] (búyào dǎrǎo wǒ)
别管我! (bié guǎn wǒ)
Help! 救命啊! (jìumìng ā!)
Fire! 火啊! (huǒ a!)
Stop! 停! (tíng!)
停下! (tíngxià!)
停車! [停车] (tíng chē) when in vehicle
站住! (zhànzhù) to someone on foot
立正 (lìzhèng) "halt!" - used by the military
Call the police! 叫警察! (jiào jǐngchá)
Christmas and New Year greetings 聖誕快樂 新年快樂 [圣诞快乐 新年快乐]
(shèngdàn kuàilè xīnnián kuàilè)
恭喜發財 [恭喜发财] (gōngxǐ fācái) - used at Chinese New Year
Easter greetings 復活節快樂 [复活节快乐] (fùhuójié kuàilè)
Birthday greetings 生日快樂 [生日快乐] (shēngrì kuàilè)
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
我的氣墊船裝滿了鱔魚 [我的气垫船装满了鳝鱼]
(Wǒ de qìdiànchuán zhuāngmǎn le shànyú)
One language is never enough 一種語言永遠不夠 [一种语言永远不够]
(yīzhǒng yǔyán yǒngyuǎn bùgòu)

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Links

Other collections of Mandarin phrases
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/chinese/
http://www.languageguide.org/mandarin/
http://www.slanguage.com/fun_chinese_mand.html
http://www.linguanaut.com/english_chinese.htm
http://www.asianhorizons.co.uk/chinese-phrases/

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