Common Chinese Phrases for Travelers

when traveling around the cities and resorts of China, since not everyone knows English.

Chinese is one of the most widely spoken modern languages, with a total of over 1.5 billion speakers. Chinese is spoken in almost all countries of the world, but it is worth noting that many dialect groups, a written hieroglyphic form, and semantic tones do not make this task easier. A Chinese phrasebook for a tourist will simplify communication and help in everyday communication.

Common phrases

Hello! 你好! Nihao!
Goodbye! 再见! Zaijien!
Welcome! 欢迎! Huanying!
Thanks! 谢谢! Sese!
Please! 不客气! 不用谢! Bukhatsy! Buyunse!
Sorry! 对不起!不好意思! Duibutsi! Buhaois!
It’s OK. 没关系。 Meiguanxi.
Thank you for attention! 谢谢您的关注 Sese ning de guanzhu!
Tell me, please, what time is it now? 请问,现在几点了? Tsingwen, xienzai jidien le?
Can you tell me where the toilet is? 请问,厕所在哪里? Tsingwen, zhesuo zai nali?
Where can I buy a phone card? 在哪儿可以买到电话卡? Zainar khei maidao dienhua kha?
Where can I rent a car? 在哪儿可以租车? Zainar khei zuche?
Please take a photo of us. 请给我们拍一照。 Tsing gei women phai and jao.
I do not understand. 我不明白。 Wo bu minbai.
Please repeat what you said. 请您再说一遍 Tsin nin zai shuo and beep.
Do you speak English? 你会说英语吗? Nǐ huì shuō yīngyǔ ma? No fuck sho hey ma?
Does anyone here speak English? 这里有人会说英语吗? Zhè li yǒurén huì shuō yīngyǔ ma? Zheli yuzhen huisho eyyu ma?
Do you speak English? 你会说英语吗? No fuck sho inyu ma?
Does anyone here speak English? 这里有人会说英语吗? Zheli yuzhen huisho yinyu ma?
You are very beautiful! 你很漂亮! Ni hen pyaoliang!
What are you, what are you. 哪里,哪里。 Nali, Nali. In China, it is customary to respond to a compliment in this way, and not to say thank you.
What are you doing tomorrow evening? 您明天晚上干什么? Nin mingthien wanshan gan shenme?
Would you like something to drink? 您想不想喝什么? Nin xiang bu xiang he shenme?
I love you! 我爱你! Oh no.
I love you too. 我也爱你。 In e ai no.
I do not love you! 我不爱你。 Wow.
Are you/are you married? 你结婚了吗? Ni jiehunle ma?
I am married. 我已婚了。 In ihunle.
I am unmarried/unmarried. 我没结婚 Wo mei jiehun.
I don’t have a boyfriend/girlfriend. 我是单身。 Wo shi danshen.
Have a good trip! 一路平安! And luphing an!
Goodnight! 晚安! Wan an!
Heck! 糟糕 Zao gao!

The airport

Can you please tell me where the international departure hall is located? 请问,国际出发室在哪里? Tsingwen, guoji chhufashi zai nali?
Can you please tell me where is the domestic departure hall? 请问,国内出发室在哪里? Tsingwen, guonei chhufashi zai nali?
Can you please tell me where is the international arrivals hall? 请问,国际到达室在哪里? Tsingwen, guoji daodashi zai nali?
Can you please tell me where is the domestic arrivals hall? 请问,国内到达室在哪里? Tsingwen, guonei daodashi zai nali?
Where is the storage room? 请问, 行李寄存处在哪里? Tsingwen, xingli jizhunchhu zai nali?
Is there a lounge at the airport? Where is she? 在飞机场有没有计时休息室? 在哪里? Zai feijichang you meiyou jishi xiuxi shi? Zai nali?
In which terminal is check-in for this flight? 这个航班在几号航站楼登记? Zhege hanban zai ji hao han zhan lou denji?
Where is check-in for this flight? 这个航班在哪里登记? Zhege hanban zai nali denji?
How to get to the 1st / 2nd / 3rd terminal? 到一/二/三号航站楼怎么走? Tao i/er/san hao han zhan lou zenme zu?
Where is the taxi stand? 出租车站在哪里? Chhuzuche zhan zai nali?
Where is the bus stop? 大巴站在哪里? Taba zhan zai nali?
Where can I pack my luggage? 哪里可以打包行李? Nali khei dabao sinli?
I don’t have drugs, weapons or illegal drugs. 毒品、武器和违禁品我都没有。 Duphin utsi he weijin ping wo dou meiyou.

Transport

Take me here (indicate the place written on the business card). 请把我送到这里。 Tsin ba in sundao zheli.
Open trunk. 请打开行李舱吧。 Tsin dakhai sinli chan ba.
Turn left here. 这里往左拐。 Zheli wang zuo guai.
Turn right here. 这里往右拐。 Zheli wang you guai.
How much is the bus/metro fare? 公车/地铁票多少钱? Gongche/dithe phiao duoshao tsien?
Where is the nearest bus stop? 附近的公交车站在哪儿? Fujin de gongjiaochhezhan zai nar?
Where is the nearest subway station? 附近的地铁站在哪儿? Fujin de dithezhan zai nar?
What is the next stop (station)? 下一站是什么站? Xia and zhan shi shenme zhan?
How many stops is it to (…)? 到 (…) 有多少站? Dao (…) duoshao zhan?
Which bus goes to (…)? 去 (…) 乘哪趟公交车? Tsui (…) cheng na thang gunjiaochhe?
Which metro line goes to (…)? 去 (…) 乘几号线地铁? Xu (…) cheng jihao xien dithe?
Can you please tell me how to get to (…)? 请问, 到 (…) 怎么走? Tsingwen, tao (…) zenme zu?
Please take me to (…) 请带我去 (…) Tsin dao wo tsu (…)
… airport. 飞机场。 fei ji chang.
… railway station. 火车站。 huo che zhan.
… the nearest hotel. 最近的酒店。 zui jin de jiudien.
… the nearest restaurant. 最近的饭馆。 zui jin de fanguan.
… the nearest beach. 最近的海滨。 zui jin de haibin.
… the nearest shopping center. 最近的购物中心。 zui jin de gou wu zhong xin.
… the nearest supermarket 最近的超级市场。 zui jin de chao ji shi chang.
… the nearest park. 最近的公园。 zui jin de gong yuan.
… the nearest pharmacy. 最近的药店。 zui jin de yaodien.

Hotel

We booked a room for two, here are our passports. 我们预定了双人房间。这是我们的护照。 Women yuidingle shuangzhen fanjien. Zhe shi women de huzhao.
Do you have rooms available? 有没有空的房间? You meiyou khun de fanjien?
Is there a cheaper room? 有没有便宜点儿的房间? You meiyou pienidiar de fanjien?
I need a single room. 我需要单间。 In xuyao danjien.
I need a double room. 我需要双人间。 In xuyao shuangzhenjien.
I need a double room with sea view. 我需要一个海景的双人房间。 Wo Xuyao ​​Yige Haijing De Shuangren Fangjien.
Is there a telephone/TV/refrigerator/air conditioner in the room? 房间里有电话/电视/冰箱/空调吗? Fangjien you dienhua/dienshi/bingxiang/khunthao ma?
What floor is the room on? 我的房间在几楼? Wo de fanjien zai chi low?
Is breakfast included? 价格包括早餐吗? Jiage baokhuo zaochan ma?
What time breakfast? 早餐几点开始? Zaotshan ji dien khaishi?
My room is not cleaned. 我的房间没有打扫。 Wo de fanjien meiyou dasao.
I want to change my number. 我想换个房间。 Wo xiang huang jien.
We ran out of toilet paper in our room. 我们房间没有手纸了。 Women fanjien meiyou shouzhi le.
We’re leaving today. 我们今天走。 Women Jinthien Zou.
We are leaving on August 5th. 我们八月五号走。 Women ba yue wu hao zu.
We want to rent a number. 我们想退房。 Women xiang thui fan.
The minibar was already empty before I checked into this room. 我进房间的时候迷你吧就是空的。 Wo jiu fanjien de shihou miniba jiu shi khun de.
I didn’t break the toilet. 抽水马桶是别人打破的。 Chhoushuimathun shi bienjen tapho de.

Restaurant

Please bring the menu. 请给我菜谱。 Tsin gei wo tshaiphu.
I want to order this… this… and this. (pointing at the menu) 我要这个… 这个…和这个…。 Wo yao jege… jege… he jege.
Is it sharp? 这个辣不辣? Jage la boo la?
Please bring spoons/forks/napkins/chopsticks/plates. 请,给我匙子/叉子/餐巾/筷子/盘子。 Tsin, Gei Wo Chshi Zi/Cha Zi/Chan Jin/Khuai Zi/Phan Zi.
Give me check. 买单。 May tribute.
Delicious! 很好吃! Hen hao chi!

Shopping center

Where can you buy baby products? 哪里能买到儿童产品? Nali neng maidao erthong chang ping?
Where can you buy shoes? 哪里能买到鞋子? Nali nen maidao szezi?
Where can you buy women’s clothing? 哪里能买到女的衣服? Nali neng maidao nu de yifu?
Where can you buy men’s clothing? 哪里能买到男的衣服? Nali nen maidao nan de yifu?
Where can you buy cosmetics? 哪里能买到美容? Nali nen maidao meijun?
Where can you buy household goods? 哪里能买到日用品? Nali neng maidao jiyongphing?
What floor is the grocery store on? 超级市场在哪一层? Chaoji shichang zai na i zheng?
Where’s the exit here? 出口在哪儿? Chukhou zainar?
Can I try it? 我把这个试一下,好吗? Wo ba jege shi isya, hao ma?
Where is the fitting room? 试衣间在哪里? Shi and jien zai cash?
I need a bigger size. 我需要大一点儿. Wo suyao ta idiar.
I need a smaller size. 我需要小一点儿. Wu Xuyao ​​Xiao Idiar.
I need 1 size up. 我要大一号. Wo yao ta ihao.
I need 1 size down. 我要小一号. Wo Yao Xiao Yihao.
Can I pay by card? 可以刷卡吗? Khei shua kha ma?
What is the price? 多少钱? Tuo shao tsieng?
Very expensive! Let’s go a little cheaper. 太贵了! 来便宜点儿。 Thai gui le! Lai phieni diar.
We are poor students, we can’t afford it. 我们是穷学生, 这个我们买不起。 Women shi qiong xueshen, zhege women mai butsi.
Do you have the same one, but with mother-of-pearl buttons? 有像这个一样,但是珠母扣子的吗?
No, we’ll look for it. 没有,那么再找一下。

grocery supermarket

Is this the price for 1 jin? (1 jin \u003d 0.5 kg, in China the price is usually indicated for 1 jin) 这是一斤的价格吗?
Where can you buy fruit? 哪里能买到水果? Nali nen maidao shuiguo?
Where can you buy vegetables? 哪里能买到蔬菜? Nali neng maidao shuzhai?
Where can you buy meat? 哪里能买到肉类? Nali nen maidao joulei?
Where can you buy alcoholic beverages? 哪里能买到酒类? Nali nen maidao jiulei?
Where can you buy dairy products? 哪里能买到奶制品? Nali neng maidao naijiphin?
Where can you buy confectionery? 哪里能买到糖果点心? Nali neng maidao thangguo dienxin?
Where can you buy tea? 哪里能买到茶叶? Nali nen maidao chae?
Need 1 big bag. 我要大的袋子。 Wo yao tade daizi.
One small package is needed. 我要小的袋子。 Wo yao xiaode daizi.
I’ll pay by card. 我刷卡。 Wo shua kha.

Pharmacy

Can you please tell me how to get to the nearest pharmacy? 请问, 到最近的药店怎么走? Tsingwen, dao zui jin de yaodien zenme zu?
Please give me something from… 请给我拿一个… Tsin gei wo na ige…
… headache 治头疼的药。 zhi thoutheng de yao.
… diarrhea 治腹泻的药。 zhi fuse de yao.
… runny nose 治伤风的药。 zhi shengfeng de yao.
… cough 治咳嗽的药。 zhi haisou de yao.
I need painkillers. 我要止痛药。 Wo yao zhithunyao.
I need an antibacterial patch. 我要创可贴。 Wo yao chhuang khae te.

Cash register

I need one/two/three/four/five/six/seven/eight tickets. 我要一张/两张/三张/四张/五张/六张/七张/八张票。 Wo yao and zhang/liang zhang/san zhang/si zhang/wu zhang/liu zhang/tsi zhang/ba zhang phiao.
Is there a discount for children? 孩子有折扣吗? Haizi you zhekhou ma?
Is there a student discount? (by ISIC card) 学生有折扣吗? Xuesheng you zhekhou ma?

Chinese account

one And
2 er
3 sleigh
4 sy
five at
6 liu
7 tsi
8 ba
nine jiwu
10 shea
eleven 一十一 and shi and
12 一十二 and shi er
twenty 二十 er shi
thirty 三十 san shi
40 四十 sy shi
fifty 五十 ears
51 五十一 wu shi and
52 五十二 wu shi er
53 五十三 wu shi san
one hundred 一百 and buy
101 一百零一 and bai ling and
110 一百一十 and bai and shi
115 一百一十五 and bai and shi u
200 二百 er bai
1000 一千 and tsien
10,000 一万 and wan
1,000,000 一百万 and bai wan
Numbers greater than three digits, phone number, and the year are pronounced for each digit separately, for example, 2012 or 152002516530 二〇一二 or 一五二〇〇二一六五三〇 or 一五二〇〇二一六五三〇

In Chinese, a counting word is placed between the number and the subject. Different counts are used for different items, for example:

for flat objects: 张 zhang 一张纸 or 三张地图 or one sheet of paper or three cards for books: 本 ben 一本书 one book , there is a universal counting word that can be used for all objects and people: 个 ge

Pronouns

I in
We 我们 wo men
You neither
You 你们 ni men
you (respectfully) ninh
He tha
She tha
They are 他们 tha men
It tha
This (this, this) zhe
That (that, that) on the
Just as in the case of numerals, a counting word is placed between the demonstrative pronoun and the subject, for example: 这本书 or 那辆车 or this book or that car

Question words

What? 什么 shenme
Where? Where? Where? 哪里 nali
When? 什么时候 shenme shihou
Who? Whom? Whose? shay
How? For example, how much does it cost? 多少 like 多少钱? e.g. duoshao (used if the answer suggests a number greater than 10).
How? For example, what time is it now? 几 e.g. 现在几点? e.g. chi (if the answer suggests a quantity less than 10).
How? How? 怎么 zenme
Why? What for? 为什么 weishengme
Which? 什么 or 哪个 or shenme or nage

Color names

White 白色 baise
The black 黑色 heise
Red 红色 hongse
Green 绿色 luise
Blue 天蓝色 thien lanse
Pink 粉红色 fen hongse
Yellow 黄色 huang se
Orange 橙黄色 cheng huang se
Blue 蓝色 lanse
Purple 紫色 zise

The first hieroglyph denotes the name of the color, the second 色 is the word “color” itself. To say “an object of such and such a color” a particle 的 is added between the color and the object, for example 白色的裙子 white skirt, white skirt.

Common Chinese Phrases for Travelers
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