A few local phrases

It is always helpful to know a few local phrases when travelling and even more importantly, you need to ‘say it right’ or the meaning may be totally lost or misunderstood.

Final say
It is always helpful to know a few local phrases when travelling and even more importantly, you need to ‘say it right’ or the meaning may be totally lost or misunderstood.
We have noted a selection of the most common words/phrases you may need so you can start practising before you leave
China (Mandarin).

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Hello - Ni hao (Nee how)
Good morning - Tzao (Jow)
Good evening - Wanshang hao (Wahn-shang how)
Goodbye - Tsaijien (Zye jee-an)
Please - Qing (Ching ... use only at start of sentence)
Thank you - Hsehhsieh (Shair shair)
Sorry/excuse me - Dui bu qi (Dway boo chee)
How are you? - Ni hao ma? (Nee how ma)
I am well, thank you - Hen hao, hsehhsieh ni (Hen how, shair shair nee)
What’s your name? - Kui hsing? (Gway sing)
My name is - Wo hsing (Wore sing)
Where are you from? - Ni cong nali lai? ( Nee choong nah lee lye)
I am Australian - Wo shi Aodaliya ren (Wore sher Ow-dar-leeya ren)
How much? - Duo shao qian? (Dwore sh-ow chee-arn)
That is too expensive! - Tai gui le! (Tye gway ler)
Cheaper? - Pian yidian? (Pee-arn ee-dee-arn)
No, I don’t want it! - Bu yao! (Boo yow)
Very good - Hen hao (Hen how)
I don’t understand - Wo ting budong (Wore ting bu dung)







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