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Useful Chinese words and phrases

With the following frequently-used Chinese words and phrases in mind, you can easilyget acquainted with your Chinese friends on China tours.

Useful Chinese Words and Phrases list

English Pinyin / Characters Phenetics English
Greetings:
Hello hǎo
你  好
knee how
Where are you from? nǐ cǒng nǎ lǐ lái
你  从  哪  里  来?
knee tzaun nar lee lei
What is your name? nín guì xìng
您   贵   姓
neen gway shing
Good Bye zài jiàn
再  见
zi gee'en
Useful sayings:
Yes shì
shr
No bú  shì
不  是
boo shr
Right or Correct duì
dway
Wrong bú  duì
不  对
boo dway
No, thanks bú  yòng  le,  xiè  xiè
不   用   了, 谢  谢
boo yong la, sheh sheh
Thank you xiè  xiè
谢  谢!
sheh sheh
You are welcome bú  yòng  xiè
不   用   谢
boo yong sheh
Excuse me duì  bu  qǐ
对  不  起
dway boo chee
I do not understand wǒ tīng bù dǒng
我  听  不  懂
wore ting boo dong
I would like wǒ  yào
我  要
wore yeow
How much? duō shǎo qián
多   少   钱?
dor sheow chen
Too expensive tài guì le
太  贵  了
tie gway la
Make Directions:
Stop! tíng
   停!
ting
Left zuǒ
zaw
Right yòu
yo
Go straight qián
chee' an
There nà lǐ
那 里
nar lee
Here zhè lǐ
这 里
jur lee
Toilet cè suǒ
厕  所
tsur saw
In the restaurant:
Chopstick kuài zǐ
筷  子
kwhy za
Knife dao
dow
Fork cha  zi
 叉 子
char z
Spoon shao zi
勺  子
sheow z
Water shuǐ
shway
Settle the Bill mǎi dān
买  单
my dan
Pronouns:
I / Me
wore
You
knee
He / She / It tā tā tā
他 / 她 / 它
tar
Numbers:
1
e
2 èr
r
3 sān
san
4
sz
5
oo
6 liù
leo
7
chee
8
bah
9 jiǔ
jeo
10 shí
shr