Getting a Taxi – Survival Chinese Bites

Key Chinese words and phrases from the video: 去颐和园 qù yíhéyuán [I want to] go to the Summer Palace 我要到这个地方 wǒ yào dào zhège dìfāng I want to go to this place 这是地址 zhè shì dìzhǐ This is the address 请打表 qǐng dǎ biǎo Please use the meter 请在这里停车 qǐng zài zhèlǐ tíngchē Please stop here Continue Reading

Buying a Train Ticket – Survival Chinese Bites

Key Chinese words and phrases from the video: 去 西安 qù xī ān [I want to] go to Xian 明天早上8 点 míngtiān zǎoshang bā diǎn Tomorrow morning, 8 o’clock G18 次 车 G shíbā cì chē Train number G18 一 张 票 yī zhāng piào One ticket 两张票 liǎng zhāng piào Two tickets Continue Reading

Asking For Directions – Survival Chinese Bites

Key Chinese words and phrases from the video: 请问, 附近 有 银行 吗? qǐngwèn, fùjìn yǒu yínháng ma? Excuse me, is there a bank nearby? 请问, 建国 饭店 在 哪里? qǐngwèn, jiànguó fàndiàn zài nǎlǐ? Excuse me, where is 
the Jianguo Hotel? Continue Reading

Arriving at a Hotel – Survival Chinese Bites

Key Chinese words and phrases from the video: 我 已经 预定 了 房间 wǒ yǐjīng yùdìng le fángjiān I have a reservation 今天 晚上 有 空 的 房间 吗? jīntiān wǎnshang yǒu kōng de fángjiān ma? Do you have a room for tonight? 有 yǒu Yes (have) 没有 méiyǒu No (don't have) Continue Reading

Responding to Compliments – Survival Chinese Bites

Key Chinese words and phrases from the video: 你的汉语说得真好 nǐde hànyǔ shuō de zhēn hǎo Your Chinese is really good! 不 好 不 好 bù hǎo bù hǎo [No, it’s] not good 您过奖了 nín guò jiǎng le You over praise me / you flatter me 还 差 得 远 呢! hái chà de yuǎn ne! I’m still a long way off 我 还 要 继续 学习 wǒ hái yào jìxù xuéxí I still need to keep studying! Continue Reading

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