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What Do You Want To Eat? – Survival Chinese Bites

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Key Chinese words and phrases from the video: 你想吃什么? nǐ xiǎng chī shénme? What do you want to eat? 我想吃米饭 wǒ xiǎng chī mǐfàn I want to eat rice 我想吃面 wǒ xiǎng chī miàn I want to eat noodles 你喜欢吃什么? nǐ xǐhuan chī shénme? What do you like to eat? 我 喜欢 吃 西餐 wǒ […]

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Getting a Taxi – Survival Chinese Bites

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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 […]

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Learn Chinese Through Songs #17 – Listen to the Sea

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This song Listen to the Sea (听海) by Taiwanese singer Zhang Huimei (张惠妹) is about somebody suffering from a break-up and who is waiting to hear from their lover, against the backdrop of the sea. It’s a popular karaoke classic, and Zhang was also once a judge on the reality TV show – the Voice […]

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Buying a Train Ticket – Survival Chinese Bites

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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

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Asking For Directions – Survival Chinese Bites

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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?

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Arriving at a Hotel – Survival Chinese Bites

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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)

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Responding to Compliments – Survival Chinese Bites

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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! […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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