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Language Tips

Updated: 2020-12-12

1. Greetings and introductions

(1) 你好 (nǐ hǎo)! 

   Hello!  

(2) 我叫桑德兰 (wǒ jiào sāngdélán) 。

   My name is Sandra.

(3) 你是哪国人 (nǐ shì nǎ guó rén)?

   What’s your nationality?

(4) 我是奥地利人 (wǒ shì àodìlì rén)。

   I am Austrian.

(5) 你住哪儿 (nǐ zhù nǎer)?

   Where do you live?

(6) 可以告诉我你的电话号码吗 (kěyǐ gàosù wǒ nǐde diànhuà hàomǎ ma)?

   Could you tell me your telephone number?

(7) 再见 (zài jiàn)! 

   Goodbye!

(8) 谢谢 (xièxiè)! 

   Thanks!

2. Ordering and paying for a meal 

(1) 你们吃什么 (nǐmen chī shénme)?

   What would you like to eat?

(2) 有西兰花吗 (yǒu xīlánhuā ma)?

   Do you have broccoli?

(3) 这里面是什么 (zhè lǐmiàn shì shénme)? 

   What’s inside?

(4) 要这个 (yào zhège)。

   I want this (one).

(5) 不要了 (bú yào le)。

   I don’t want anything else.

(6) 我们不吃肉 (wǒmen bú chī ròu)。

   We don’t eat meat.

(7) 买单 (mǎi dān)!

   The bill, please!

(8) 可以打包吗 (kěyǐ dǎbāo ma)?

   Can you pack the leftover food for me?

3. Shopping

(1) 您要买什么 (nín yào mǎi shénme)?

   What would you like (to buy)?

(2) 我看看 (wǒ kànkan)。

   I’m just having a look.

(3) 这个多少钱 (zhège duōshǎo qián)?

   How much is this?

(4) 打折吗 (dǎzhé ma)?

   Is there any discount?

(5) 太贵了 (tài guì le)!

   It’s too expensive!

(6) 便宜一点儿行吗 (piányi yìdiǎner xíng ma)?

   Could you give me a reduction?

(7) 有大一点儿的吗 (yǒu dàyìdiǎner de ma)?

   Do you have a larger one?

(8) 可以试试吗 (kěyǐ shìshì ma)?

   May I try it on?

4. Taking a taxi

(1) 你要去哪儿 (nǐ yào qù nǎer)?

   Where are you going?

(2) 去(qù)超(chāo)市(shì)。

   I’m going to supermarket.

(3) 请开一下后备箱 (qǐng kāi yí xià hòubèixiāng)。

   Please open the trunk

(4) 请快一点 (qǐngkuàiyìdiǎn)。

   Please go a little faster.

(5) 我有急事 (wǒ yǒu jíshì)。

   I’m in a hurry

(6) 大(dà)概(gài)要(yào)多(duō)长(cháng)时(shí)间(jiān)?

   Roughly how long does it take?

(7) 去飞机场多少钱 (qù fēijīchǎng duōshǎo qián)?

   How much does it cost to get to the airport?

(8) 到了 (dào le),下车吧 (xiàchē ba)!

   Here we are. You may get out.

5. Asking for directions

(1) 请问(qǐngwèn),邮局在哪儿 (yóujúzàinǎer)?

   Excuse me, where is the post office?

(2) 厕(cè)所(suǒ)在(zài)什(shén)么(me)地(dì)方(fāng)?

   Where is the washroom?

(3) 这附近有饭馆吗 (zhè fùjìn yǒu fànguǎn ma)?

   Are there any restaurants near here?

(4) 这(zhè)趟(tàng)车(chē)去(qù)不(bù)去(qù)机(jī)场(chǎng)?

   Does this bus go to airport?

(5) 向前走 (xiàng qián zǒu)。

   Go straight ahead.

(6) 往左拐 (wǎng zuǒ guǎi)。

   Turn left.

(7) 你得去马路对面上车 (nǐ dé qù mǎ lù duìmiàn shàngchē)。

   You have to cross the road to take the bus。

(8) 这是什么地方 (zhè shì shénme dìfāng)? 

   What place is this?

6. Asking for the time

(1) 现在几点 (xiànzài jǐdiǎn)?

   What time is it now?

(2) 今天几号 (jīntiān jǐhào)?

   What is the date today?

(3) 明天星期几 (míngtiān xīngqījǐ)?

   What day is tomorrow?

(4) 你什么时候有空儿 (nǐ shénme shíhòu yǒu kònger)?

   When do you have free time?

(5) 火车几点开 (huǒchē jǐdiǎn kāi)?

   What time dose the train leave?

(6) 飞机什么时候起飞 (fēijī shénme shíhòu qǐfēi)?

   When dose the plane take off?

(7) 你们哪天回国 (nǐmen nǎtiān huíguó)?

   When will you return to your country?

(8) 你打算什么时候再来 (nǐ dǎsuan shénme shíhòu zài lái)?

   When do you intend to come back?

7. Calling out to or getting someone’s attention

(1) 喂(wèi),找谁 (zhǎo shuí)?

   Hello! Who are you looking for?

(2) 请(qǐng)问(wèn),桑(sāng)德(dé)拉(lá)在(zài)吗(ma)?

   Excuse me, is Sandra there?

(3) 她现在不在 (tā xiàn zài bù zài)。

   She is not here right now.

(4) 你打60437852。(nǐ dǎ liù líng sì sān qī bā wǔ èr)

   Call the number 60437852.

(5) 打错了 (dǎ cuò le)。

   You’ve got the wrong number.

(6) 占线 (zhànxiàn)。

   The line is busy.

(7) 没人接 (méirénjiē)。

   Nobody answered.

(8) 可以留言吗 (kě yǐ liú yán ma)?

   Can I leave a message?

8. Asking for help

(1) 你能帮我一个忙吗(nǐ néng bang wǒ yí gè máng ma)?

   Can you do me a favor?

(2) 请送我去医院(qǐng sòng wǒ qù yī yuàn)。

   Please take me to the hospital.

(3) 请帮我打110 (bāng wǒ dǎ wǒ dǎ yāo yāo líng)。

   Please call the police on 110.

(4) 救命(jiù mìng)!

   Help!

(5) 我迷路了(wǒ mílù le)。

   I’m lost.

(6) 我的车票丢了(wǒ de chē piào diū le)。

   I have lost may train/bus ticket.

(7) 可以用一下你的电话吗(kě yǐ yòng yí xià nǐ de diàn huà ma)?

   May I use your telephone?

(8) 非常感谢(fēicháng gǎnxiè)!

   Thank you very much indeed!