Where Are You From? – Survival Chinese Bites

Key Chinese words and phrases from the video: 你 是 哪个 国家 的? nǐ shì nǎgè guójiā de? Where are you from? (which country are you from?) 你 是 哪里 人? nǐ shì nǎlǐ rén ? Where are you from? 我 是 英国 人 wǒ shì yīngguó rén I am from the UK 美国 měiguó - the U.S. Continue Reading

Is Mr Zhang There? – Survival Chinese Bites

Key Chinese words and phrases from the video: 请问 张 先生 在 吗? qǐngwèn zhāng xiānsheng zài ma? Excuse me, is Mr Zhang there? 请问 张 女士 在 吗? qǐngwèn zhāng nǚ shì zài ma? Excuse me, is Mrs/Miss Zhang there? 请问 张 老师 在 吗? qǐngwèn zhāng lǎoshī zài ma? Excuse me, is Teacher Zhang there? 请问 张 主任 在 吗? qǐngwèn zhāng zhǔrèn zài ma? Excuse me, is Director Zhang there? 在 zài Yes (there) 不在 bùzài No (not there) 稍 等 一下 shāo děng yīxià Wait a moment 请 稍 等 qǐng shāo Continue Reading

What Job Do You Do? – Survival Chinese Bites

Key Chinese words and phrases from the video: 你是做什么的? nǐ shì zuò shénme de? What do you do? 你做什么工作? nǐ zuò shénme gōngzuò? What job do you do? 你是从事什么行业的? nǐ shì cóngshì shénme hángyè de? (another more formal way of asking somebody's job) 我是老师 wǒ shì lǎoshī I am a teacher 我是学生 wǒ shì xuésheng I am a student 我是律师 wǒ shì lǜshī I am a lawyer 我是医生 wǒ shì yīshēng I am a doctor 你呢? nǐ ne? What about you? Continue Reading

Do You Speak English? – Survival Chinese Bites

Key Chinese words and phrases from the video: 你会说英文吗? nǐ huì shuō yīngwén ma? Can you speak English? 我的中文不好 wǒde zhōngwén bù hǎo My Chinese is not good. 你的英文说得很好 nǐde  yīngwén shuō de hěn hǎo Your English is very good! Continue Reading

Ways to Say Goodbye in Chinese

Key Chinese words and phrases from the video: 再 见 zài jiàn Goodbye 一会儿见 yī huì (er) jiàn 
  (or yī huǐer jiàn) See you soon 回头见 huítóu jiàn See you around / later 明天见 míngtiān jiàn See you tomorrow 阿姨 再 见 āyí zài jiàn Goodbye (to an woman of the older generation) 叔叔 再 见 shūshu zài jiàn Goodbye (to a man of the older generation) Continue Reading

How to Say the Basic Greetings in Chinese

Key Chinese phrases from the video: 你 好 nǐ hǎo Hello 您 好 nín hǎo Hello (polite form) 你们 好 nǐmen hǎo Hello (to more than one person) 大家 好 dàjiā hǎo Hello everybody 早上 好 zǎoshang hǎo Good morning 晚上 好 wǎnshang hǎo Good evening 阿姨 好 āyí hǎo Hello (to a woman of the older generation) 叔叔 好 shūshu hǎo Hello (to a man of the older generation) 过年 好 guònián hǎo Happy New Year Continue Reading

Please, Thank You, Sorry and Excuse Me in Chinese

In this post I want to explain how you say please, thank you, sorry and excuse me in Chinese. These may seem like very simple words that should have simple equivalents, but there are a few things you need to know about how they are used, and different phrases to know. How to say thank you in Chinese Thank you is the easiest of these phrases to learn. In most situations, you can just use 谢谢 xièxie or 谢谢 xièxie nǐ (the nǐ means 'you) The first syllable is pronounced in the 4th tone, Continue Reading

How Do You Say ‘And’ in Chinese?

One common mistake that a lot of beginner Chinese learners make is how to say 'and' in Chinese. It's natural, when you're trying to speak Chinese, to use your native language as a point of comparison and to try to 'translate' what you're trying to say into Chinese. However, because there are so many differences between the two languages, this can often cause problems, and 'and' is just one of those words that can trip you up if you treat it the same way as in English, and the result is Continue Reading

How to Address People Politely in Chinese

Addressing people in Chinese is something that isn't really taught properly in textbooks. You are often taught that 你好 (nǐhǎo) is 'hello' and 您好 (nínhǎo) is a polite way of saying hello, and that's it, whereas in fact there is a lot more subtlety to how you address different people in Chinese to show politeness and respect. Whether you're travelling in China or you're doing business in a Chinese speaking region, it's important to know how to address people in the correct way, to avoid any Continue Reading

The Basics of Chinese Grammar Explained in Under 10 Minutes

Some people say that Chinese doesn't have grammar, but in fact, although there is greater flexibility in Chinese grammar than in the grammar in other languages, there is still often a clear difference between 'right' and 'wrong'. The most important aspect of Chinese grammar is the order of the words in the sentence. In this post, I want to explain the basics of how you put together sentences in Chinese, through easy to understand examples. Chinese grammar in simple sentences For Continue Reading