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Chinese: Phrases > Simple conversations

The sentences presented in this section will help you with the most basic expressions in Chinese, such as "good day" and "thank you". It will certainly not be enough in order to start a conversation in Chinese, however being able to say a few words in the country's native language will evoke sympathy and understanding.

Please be aware that English is not as common as a second language as in many other areas of the world. Therefore we recommend to buy a professional course and to study Chinese in-depth before traveling.

English
Chinese
Good day. Ni(4)hao(4).
Good morning. Zao(4)chen(2) hao(4).
Good evening. Wan(4)shang hao(4).
Good night. Wan(4) ' an(1).
How are you doing? Nin(2) hao(4) ma.
(Very) Good. hen(2) hao(4).
Yes. Shi(3).
No. Bu(3) shi(3).
My name is Wo(4) jiao(3) ...
I am Wo(4) shi(3) ...
Where do you come from? Ni(4) shi(3) na(4)li ren(2)?
"I come from
... United States.
Great Brittain.
France.
China.
Japan."
"Wo(4) shi(3) cong(2) ... lai(2) de.
... Mei(4)guo(2) ...
... Ying(1)guo(2) ...
... Fai(4)guo(2) ...
... Zhong(1)guo(2) ...
... Ri(3)ben(4) ..."
Thank you. Xie(3)xie.
You're welcome. Bu(2)ke(3)qi.
Please, sit down. Qing(4) zuo(3).
Goodbye. Zai(3)jian(3).
I do not understand. Wo(4) bu(3) ming(2)bai(2).
Can you repeat that? Qing(4) chong(2) fu(3) yi(2) bian(3).
How old are you? Ni(4) jin(1)nian(2) duo(1)da(3).
This is my first trip to China. Wo(4) shi(3) di(3)yi(1) ci(3) lai(2).
I would like to learn a little bit Chinese. Wo(4) xian(4) xue(2) yi(3)xie(1).
Please speak more slowly. Qing(4) shuo(1) de man(2) yi(2)dian(4).
What does that mean? Zhe(3) shi(3) shen(2)me yi(3)si?
Could you write that for me? Ni(4) neng(2) xie(4) xia(3) lai ma?
I am Wo(4) shi(3) ...
Excuse me ... Mai(2)fan(2) ni(4) ...
What kind of work do you do? Ni(4) zuo(3) shen(2)me gong(1)zuo(3).

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