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

Chinese Character Bites – #54 – 而

Our character for today is 而 Simplified Chinese character: 而 Traditional Chinese character: 而 (The simplified character and the traditional character are the same) Pronunciation: This character is pronounced ér in the 2nd tone. What it means: On its own, 而 is used in the middle of a sentence as a connector and means 'and' or 'furthermore'. It is also used in connecting words like 而且 (furthermore), 然而 (however) and so on. Let’s break it down: Originally, 而 came from a Continue Reading

Chinese Character Bites – #53 – 天

Our character for today is 天 Simplified Chinese character: 天 Traditional Chinese character: 天 (The simplified character and the traditional character are the same) Pronunciation: This character is pronounced tiān in the 1st tone. What it means: 天 means sky, heaven or it can also mean day. You'll see it in words like 今天 jīntiān (today) 明天 míngtiān (tomorrow) and 昨天 zuótiān (yesterday), as well as the words for seasons, for example 春天 chūntiān (spring). Where it means sky or 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

Chinese Character Bites – #52 – 多

Our character for today is 多 Simplified Chinese character: 多 Traditional Chinese character: 多 (The simplified character and the traditional character are the same) Pronunciation: This character is pronounced duō in the 1st tone. What it means: 多 means 'many' or 'much' After a number it means 'more than', for example 20多 ‘more than 20'. In 多么 it means 'how much', and you'll also see it in 多少 'how many/much'? (literally 'more less'). Let’s break it down: 多 is made up 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

Chinese Character Bites – #48 – 后

Our character for today is 后 Simplified Chinese character: 后 Traditional Chinese character: 後 Pronunciation: This character is pronounced hòu in the 4th tone. What it means: 后 is really two characters in one. One of its meanings is 'empress', as in 皇后 (empress). It can also be the simplified version of the character 後, which means 'back' 'behind' or 'after', as in 以后 (after). In simplified Chinese characters, the two characters have been merged into one. In traditional Continue Reading