Phrases

Hello (wéi)  while answering the phone

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How are you? 你好吗? (nǐ hǎo ma)

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I’m fine. And you? 我很好,你呢? (wǒ hěn hǎo, nǐ  ne)

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Long time no see 好久不见 (hǎojǐu bújiàn)

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What’s your name? 你叫什么名字 (nǐ jiào shénme míngzi)

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My surname is Ma, called Adeline 我姓 马, 叫 Adeline (wǒ xìng Mă, jiào Adeline)

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Where are you from? 你是从哪儿来的? (nǐ shì cóng nǎr lái de)

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I’m from Shanghai 我是从上海來的 (wǒ shì cóng shàng hăi lái de)

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I’m pleased to meet you 我很高兴认识你 (wǒ hěn gāoxìng rènshi nǐ)

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Good morning 早安 (zǎoān)

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Good afternoon 午安 (wǔān)

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Good evening 晚安 (wǎnān)

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Good night 晚安 (wǎnān)

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Goodbye 再见 (zàijiàn)    See you again!

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Good luck 你好运 (zhù nǐ háoyùn)

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Bottoms up 干杯! (gān bēi)   dry your glass!

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Bon appetit 慢慢吃! (mànmàn chī!) – eat slowly!

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Bon voyage 一路顺风 (yī lù shùn fēng)

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I don’t understand 我听不懂 (wǒ tīngbùdǒng)

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Please say that again 请你再说一次好吗? (qǐng nǐ zài shuō yīcì hǎo ma?)

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Please speak more slowly 请你说慢一点 (qǐ nĭ shuō màn yīdiǎn)

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Please write it down 请你写下来,好不好?]
(qǐng nǐ xiě xià lάi, hǎo bù hǎo?)

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Do you speak Mandarin? 你会不会说普通话?
(nǐ huìbúhuì shūo pŭtōnghuà?)

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Yes, a little 会一点儿 (huì yīdiǎnr)

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How do you say … in Chinese? 中文怎么说?(zhōngwén zěnme shuō)

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Excuse me 对不起 (duìbùqǐ)

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How much? 多少钱? (duōshǎo qián?)

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Sorry 对不起 (duìbùqǐ)

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Thank you 谢谢 (xièxie)

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You are welcome 不客气 (bú kèqi)

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Where’s the toilet? 厕所在哪儿? (cèsuǒ zài nǎer?)

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Would you like to
dance with me?
你要不要跟我跳舞? (nǐ yào bú yào gēn wǒ tiàowǔ)

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I love you 我爱你 (wǒ ài nǐ)

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Get well soon 快点好 (kuài diǎn hào)

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Leave me alone! 不要打扰我! (búyào dǎrǎo wǒ)

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Help! 救命啊! (jìumìng ā!)

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Stop the car! 停车 (tíng chē)

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Call the police! 叫警察! (jiào jǐngchá)

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Merry Christmas 圣诞快乐   (shèngdàn kuàilè)

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Happy New Year 新年快乐  (xīnnián kuàilè)

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Happy Birthday 生日快乐 (shēngrì kuàilè)

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