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1.

Common GreetinGs
Hello./Good morning. Good evening. Good-bye. N ho. (infml.)/ Nn ho. (fml.)/Zon. N ho. (infml.)/Nn ho. (fml.)/Wnshang ho. Zijin. xioji titai/frn (fml.) xinsheng

Yes. No. Okay.

Sh.

B./Bsh. Ho. Dubuq./Hn boqin. Dubuq. Loji B yojn.

Im hungry. Im thirsty. Its urgent. How?

W dzi ./W yu din le. W hn k./W ku k. Zh hn zhngyo. Zh hn jnj. Dusho?

Im sorry.

Its important.

Excuse me./Pardon me.

Mrs., Maam

Excuse me (asking for directions, etc.) It doesnt matter. Do you speak English? I speak Chinese. Very little. I dont understand.

How much? How many? What is it (this)? What kind of ...? Who? Where? When? What does this mean?

Znme (yng)?/Znyng? Dusho?/J ge ? Zh sh shnme? Shi? Shnme yng de ? Nr?/Nli?

Chinese to Go
Hundreds of Essential Words and Phrases for Every Situation

Miss

Mr., Sir

How are you? Fine, thanks. And you? What is your name? My name is

N ho ma? (infml.)/ Nn ho ma? (fml.)

Nn hu shu Yngy/ Yngwn ma? (fml.) W shu Zhngwn. Y dindinr. W b mngbai.

Ho, xixie. N ne? (infml.)/ Ho, xixie. Nn ne? (fml.) N jio shnme mngzi? (infml.)/Nn jio shnme mngzi? (fml.) W jio Hn goxng rnshi n/nn. (infml./fml.)

I dont speak Chinese very well.

Please repeat it./ Please say it one more time. I dont know. No problem.

W shu Zhngwn shu de hn b ho. Qng zi shu y c. W b zhdo.

Shnme shhou?

How do you say in Chinese?

Zh ge sh shnme ysi? Zhngwn znme shu?

Nice to meet you. See you later.

Miyu wnt./Mi wnt.

4. at the airPort
Where is ... customs? ... passport control? ... information? ... the (public) bus/train? ... baggage claim? zi nr/nli? Higun Hzho gunlch Xnwnch Gngjioch /Huch

Dng hur jin.

3. needs and Question Words


I would like I need/want Bring me What would you like? Im looking for W xing W yo Gi w Nn yo shnme? (fml.) W zi zho

2. Polite exPressions
Please. Thank you. Qng. Thank you very much. Youre welcome. Xixie. Fichng gnxi.

Byng kqi./Bkqi.

Is there public bus service to the city?

Ch xngli de dfang Yu q chngli de gngjioch ma?

... the international departures? the taxis?

Where are

zi nr/nli?

Guj chrjng Guj dod Chzch N/Nn sh ngurn? (infml./fml.) W sh Migurn.

How much does it cost? The bill, please.

Dusho qin? Qng jizhng.

Can you recommend a good wine?

... the international arrivals? What is your nationality? I am

6. at the restaurant
Where can we find a good restaurant? Wed like to go to a(n) restaurant. casual elegant Nl yu ho de cngun? Wmn xing q y ji de cngun. subin goy

I would like a bottle of wine. I would like a little more bread. I didnt order this. Thats all, thanks.

Nn yu shnme ho ji (xing w) tijin? (fml.) W xing (yo) y png ji. W xing (yo) zi li ydinr minbo. Ji zh yng, xixie. Qng jizhng. Zh lmin boku xiofi ma? Gnbi! Zh nn jinkng! (fml.)

egg(s) rice

cheese vegetable lettuce cabbage bok choy tomato carrot

jdn

nilo/rlo ci

mfn/fn (cooked) shngci/wj

W miyu jio zh ge.

boxnci/bici (Chinese cabbage) bici fnqi

American. Canadian. British. Irish.

The check, please.

Jindrn. irlnrn.

Is the tip included? Cheers!

Ynggurn. Sglnrn. ozhurn.

fast food seafood

Scottish.

inexpensive vegetarian A table for two. May I have a menu, please? The wine list, please. appetizer dessert

kui cn pinyi ssh Ling wi. hi xin

cucumber potato fruit chili pepper apple

hlubo

hunggu ljio

To your health!

mlngsh shugu jzi l

Australian.

7. Food VoCabulary
meat beef fish chicken pork shrimp lobster soup ru j niru y

5. at the hotel
I would like a room For one person. For one night. For a week. For two people. For two nights. Do you have a another room? W yo y ge fngjin. Y ge rn. Y tin. Ling ge rn. Ling tin.

Qng gi w cidn.

Qng gi w y fn jishi dnzi. xioch zhci

orange pear

pnggu xingjio pto lzh

banana grape(s)

zhru xi

main course What would you like?

tindin

strawberry prune

With a private bathroom? With a shower? With air conditioning?

Nn hi yu bi de fngjian ma? (fml.) Di lny ma?

Y ge xngq./Y ge lbi.

What would you like to order?

Nn yo shnme? (fml.) Qngwn nn yo din shnme ci? (fml.)

lngxi tng mintio jiozi dinxn

lychee/litchi lemon

comi xmip/xmign nngmng ptoyu xgu ynlio

Di srn xzaojin ma? Di kngtio ma?

What would you like to drink? Nn yo h shnme? (fml.)

noodles

dumpling dim sum bread

grapefruit

watermelon

minbo

beverage/drink

water milk juice tea

shu

nini kfi ch ji

the zoo?

coffee wine/alcohol beer soft drink/soda garlic onion salt

guzh

Where would you recommend that I go to see interesting architecture? I would like ... to see a play.

dngwyun?

Nn jiny w q nr kn yu q de jinzh fngg? (fml.) W xing kn xj.

10. askinG direCtions


Excuse me, where is ... the bus stop? ... the subway station? ... the restroom? ... the taxi stand? ... the hotel? Loji, zi nr? dti zhn gngch zhn xshujin

16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 30 40 50

pji

... to see a movie.

qshu

... to go to a concert. ... to go sightseeing.

kn dinyng. q kn gj.

suntu

... to go to the opera.

q ynyuhu. q gungung.

... the nearest bank? To the right./Turn right. To the left./Turn left. Go straight ahead. Its nearby. Go back. next to

chzch zhn lgun

zu jn de ynhng Wng yu zhun. Wng zu zhun. Zi fjn. Yzh wng qin zu. Wng hu q.

soy sauce pepper sugar honey

yngcng jingyu yn hjio tng fngm

9. shoPPinG
Where is the best place to go shopping for ... clothes? ... food? Mi q nr zu ho? yfu

sh li sh q sh b sh ji rsh rsh y rsh r rsh sn snsh ssh wsh

60 70 80 100 90

1,000 1,100 10,000 2,000

1,000,000

100,000

lish qsh bsh jish ybi yqin yqin ybi lingqin ywn shwn ybiwn

hot/cold

sweet/sour

r/lng

tin/sun

... souvenirs? ... furniture? ... fabric? ... antiques? ... books? ... sporting goods? ... electronics? ... computers?

shw jij

zi pngbianr.

12. time
What time is it (now)? Its noon./Its 12 p.m. It is 9:00 a.m. It is 3:00. 5:15 7:30 9:45 Its midnight./Its 12 a.m. It is 1:00 p.m. Xinzi jdin? Zhngw sh r din. Bny sh r din. Xiw y din Sndin. Zoshang ji din.

jninpn fngzhpn gw sh 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

11. numbers
lng y r sn s w li q
8 10 12 13 14 15 11 9

8. out on the toWn


Which are the historic sights? Where can I find an art gallery? Yu n xi mngshng gj? Zi nr (w) kyi zhodao hulng?

ty yngpn dinno/dinz jsunj

dinz qjin

the museum of natural history?

zrn lsh bwgun? mishgun?

an art museum?

b ji sh sh y sh r sh sn sh s sh w

w din y k/ w din sh w

q din bn/q din snsh ji din sn k/ ji din ssh w

Now.

Later. Soon.

Xinzi. Huli. B ji. Mshng.

December

Immediately.

What is the date today? Today is Thursday, September 22.

sh r yu

Jntin sh j yu j ho?

Police!

13. days and months


Monday Tuesday lbi y/xngq y Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday What day is today? January March April May July June August lbi r/xngq r lbi s/xngq s lbi sn/xngq sn lbi w/xngq w lbi li/xngq li Jntin sh lbi/ xngq j? y yu r yu s yu lbi tin/xngq tin

Yesterday was Wednesday, September 21. Tomorrow is Friday, September 23.

Jntin sh lbi/xngq s ji yu rsh r ho. Zutin sh lbi/xngq sn ji yu rsh y ho.

Call an ambulance! What happened? I/My wife/My husband/ My friend/Someone ... am/is very sick.

I need a doctor!

W yo yshng! Jio jihch! Fshng le shnme sh?

Jngch!

... foot.

... eye(s).

jio.

Ive been robbed.

yngjing.

W bi rn qing le.

Mngtin sh lbi/xngq w ji yu rsh sn ho.

W/W titai/ W zhngfu/ W pngyou/Yu rn bng le.

14. stayinG ConneCted


Where can I find ... a telephone? Zi nr (w) kyi zhodo dinhu? wngba? chunzhnj? W znme d (dinhu) do Migu? W yo f ge chunzhn. shngwng.

... am/is having a heart attack. xnzngbng trn fzu. ... am/is choking. ... am/is losing consciousness. yn gu q le./ shq zhju le. ... am/is about to vomit. ... am/is stuck. ... am/is having a seizure. I cant breathe. I cut myself. yo t le. hnshn chuch. k zh le. W chun b gu q. W bn le y jio. W h d ti du. W b zhdo. tu. bi. tu. W qi do zj le. qing zh le.

... a fax machine? How do I call the United States? I need/want ... to send a fax.

... an internet caf?

February

sn yu w yu lu yu q yu b yu

I tripped and fell. I drank too much. I dont know. ... head. ... neck. ... back. ... arm. ... leg. Ive injured my

... to get on the internet /go online. ... a computer.

... to send a package overnight. j y jij yujin.

dinno/dinz jsunj.

W shng do zj de bzi. shub.

September October November

ji yu

sh yu

15. emerGenCies and saFety


Help! Fire! Ji mng! Sh hu le!

sh y yu

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