Chinese is a very popular language in the world. There have 1.31 billion Chinese speakers. That’s approximately 16 percent of the world’s population. In this article, you will find the most used easy Chinese phrases for travelers.
Now you know the importance of learning Chinese. I know that language learning is not that easy especially in the Chinese language. That’s why I suggest you learn only the most used Chinese phrases and also learn this technique (Mandatory). From where you can easily learn the basic phrases with the pronunciation of your favorite destination.
- “Z” almost sounds like “Ch”
- “D” almost sounds like “T”
- “C” and “X” sounds like “Sch”
Most used Simplified Chinese phrases for travelers
Here are some Simplified Chinese phrases that you must need to memorize before making a trip to China. Every day you need to use these phrases during your trip.
- Hello!, Hi! (Nǐ hǎo) = Ni hao!
- Ok (Hǎo de)= Hao da
- I (Yīshì)= Yishi
- Me (Wǒ) = Wo-gha
- yes (Shì de) = Shi da
- No (Bù) = Bu
- Thank You (Xièxiè nǐ) = Schie-schie nii
- Please (Qǐng) = Sching
- I am from___ (Wǒ láizì_____) = Wo laizho_____ (America) (“Z” sounds almost like “Ch”)
- Can you speak English? (Nǐ néng shuō yīngyǔ ma?) = Ni nang sho yingi maa?
- My name is Smith (Wǒ jiào___)= Wo chjau ___
- Sorry (Duìbùqǐ) = dway boo chee
- I have to go (Wǒ dé zǒule) = Wo de zhau la (“Z” sounds almost like “Ch”)
- Can you speak slowly? (Nǐ kěyǐ jiǎng màn diǎn ma?) = ni khyi chang man dian ma? (“D” sounds like “T”)
- I don’t understand (Wǒ bù míngbái) = Wo bo mingbai
Basic Chinese Phrases for questions
Sometimes you need to ask locals to know about places or, something else then you will need to use those words.
- Where? (Zài nǎlǐ?) = Zai na li? (“Z” sounds almost like “Ch”)
- What? (Shénme?) = Shanmaa?
- When? (Shénme shíhòu?) = Shanmas shi khauu?
- How? (Rúhé?) = Rukha?
- Why? (Wèishéme?) = We shanmaa?
- How much? (Duōshǎo?) = Duishau? (“D” sounds like “T”)
- Where is ___ (zài nǎlǐ ____) = ____Zai nalii? (“Z” sounds almost like “Ch”)
Most used Words
- Resort (Cǎiqǔ) = Chai chuu
- Bus (Gōnggòng qìchē) = Gong gong schi-schuu
- Train (Huǒchē) = Huo chuo
- Restaurant (Cāntīng) = Schan-thing
- Bathroom (Yùshì) = Euschi
- Water (Shuǐ) = Schuii
- Hospital (Yīyuàn) = Eiyuan
- Fine (Měihǎo de) = Me hau da
- Station (Chēzhàn) = Schozhan (“Z” sounds almost like “Ch”)
- Boat (Chuán) = Shuan
- Home (Jiā) = Schia
- Sugar (Táng) = Thang
- Price (Jiàqián) = Cha-chian
- Like, Love (Xǐhuān) = Chi-khuan
Most used pronouns
- You = Ni
- He/She (Tā) =Thaa
- They (Tāmen) = Thamen
- We (Wǒmen) = Women
Emergency Chinese Phrases
Those phrases will help you during emergencies. If you stay in an area where you may not find anyone who knows English, you may face trouble. At this critical time, these phrases will help you to communicate with others.
- Where is the police station? (Jǐngchá jú zài nǎlǐ?) = Chingcha chi zhai nalii? (“Z” sounds almost like “Ch”)
- Where is the hospital? (Yīyuàn zài nǎlǐ?) = Eiyuen zhai nalii (“Z” sounds almost like “Ch”)
- I’m lost (Wǒ mílùle)= Wo milula
- Can you help me? Please! (Nǐ néng bāngzhù wǒ ma? Qǐng!) = Ni nang pang zhu wo ma? Sching! (“Z” sounds almost like “Ch”
- I’m in trouble (Wǒ yǒu máfanle) = Wo yo ma-fanlla
Other Chinese phrases
- I can eat spicy = Wo khyei schi laa
- I can’t eat spicy = Wo bunang schi laa
- I like it = Wo schi khuan
- I don’t like it = Wo buschi khuan
- That’s expensive = Zho thai guela
- Can you lower the price? = Ni nang chiang-chia ma?