Some Basic Words You Should Know When Travelling in China
Aug 13, 2020 23:07
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Basic Chinese Vocabulary and Phrases

When you travel in China, you will definitely get a chance to communicate with Chinese people face to face. Maybe you want to “Do as the Chineses do when in China“. Then, you should learn to speak Mandarin Chinese. And there are 10 basic Chinese words you should know how to speak even though you never learn Pinyin.

1. Good morning = 早上好
zǎo 早 — zauw shàng 上 — shaung hǎo 好 — hauw

2. Good night = 晚上好
wǎn 晚 — wang shàng 上 — shaung hǎo好 — hauw

3. You are welcome = 不用谢
bú 不 — boo yòng 用 — young xiè 谢 — xi-yeh

4. I know = 我知道
wǒ 我 — wuh zhī 知 — zhi dào 道 — dauw

5. water = 水
shuǐ 水 — [ ʃeɪ] with a 3rd tone

6. sorry = 对不起
duì 对 — dway bu 不 — boo qǐ 起 — qi

7. why = 为什么
wèi 为 — [weɪ] shén 什 — shen me 么 — ma

8. sun = 太阳
tài 太 — [taɪ] yáng 阳 — [jʌŋ] with a 2nd tone, that goes up

9. please = 请
qǐng 请 — [tʃɪŋ] with a 3rdtone, down and up

10. friend = 朋友
péng 朋 — [pəŋ] with a 2ndtone yǒu 友 — [jəʊ] with a 3rd tone
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