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Useful Words and Phrases

Important sayings

English Chinese Character/Pin Yin Phonetic English


nǐ hǎo
Hello/Good Evening knee how
你 好
nín guì xìng
What is your name? neen gway shing
您 贵 姓
zài jiàn
Good Bye zi gee’en
再 见
shì
Yes shr

bú shì
No boo shr
不 是
duì
Right/ Correct dway

bú duì
Wrong boo dway
不 对
Bú yòng le, xiè xiè
No, thanks boo yong la, sheh sheh
不 用 了, 谢 谢
Xiè xiè
Thank you sheh sheh
谢 谢
Bú yòng xiè
You are welcome boo yong sheh
不 用 谢
Duì bu qǐ
Excuse me dway boo chee
对 不 起
wǒ tīng bù dǒng
I do not understand wore ting boo dong
我 听 不 懂
wǒ yào
I would like wore yeow
我 要
duō shǎo qián
I How much? dor sheow chen
多 少 钱
tài guì le
Too expensive tie gway la
太 贵 了
yǒu méi yǒu
Do you have...? yo may yo
有 没 有
bú yào
I don’t need that boo yeow
不 要
Directions

English Chinese Character/Pin Yin Phonetic English


tíng
Stop! ting
停!
zuǒ
Turn left zaw

yîu
Turn right yo

qián
Go straight chee’ an

zài nǎ li
Where is...? zi nar lee
在 哪 里
nà li
There nar lee
那 里
zhè lǐ
Here jur lee
这 里
cè suǒ
Toilet tsur saw
厕 所
duō jiǔ
How long (Time)? dor joe
多 久

At the restaurant

English Chinese Character/Pin Yin Phonetic English


kuài zǐ
Chopstick kwhy za
筷 子
dao
Knife dow

cha zi
Fork char z
叉 子
shao zi
Spoon sheow z
勺 子
shuǐ
Water shway

kě lè
Coke kur la
可 乐
mǎi dān
Bill my dan
买 单
Numbers

English Chinese Character/Pin Yin Phonetic English



1 e

èr
2 r

sān
3 san


4 sz


5 oo

liù
6 leo


7 chee


8 bah

jiǔ
9 jeo

shí
10 shr

shí yī
11 shr e
十 一
shí èr
12 shr r
十 二
shí sān
13 shr san
十 三
shí sì
14 shr sz
十 四
èr shí
20 r shr
二 十
sān shí
30 san shr
三 十
yī bǎi
100 ee bye
一 百
yī qiān
1,000 ee chee an
一 千
yī wàn
10,000 ee wan
一 万
Pronouns

English Chinese Character/Pin Yin Phonetic English



I/Me wore


You knee

tā / tā / tā
He/She/It tar
他 / 她 / 它

Figures of speech

English Chinese Character/Pin Yin Phonetic English


hǎo
That’s good. how

bù hǎo
That’s not good. boo how
不 好
hěn hǎo
It was nice. hun how
很 好

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