Chinese Phrasebook for International Travelers

To break the language barrier is the first and foremost thing when travelling in China, especially when you are backpacking in China. Despite the fact that Chinese kids are learning English from primary school onwards, it is still a barrier that most overseas travelers may come across. Therefore, you’re encouraged to bring with a Chinese Phrasebook or learn a few words and phrases in advance.

Here we offer you some of the most commonly used Chinese words and phrases, with simplified Chinese characters, pinyin (pronunciation), and the English translation.

Tips for First-time Travelers to China

Chinese Pinyin English
你好 Nǐ hǎo Hello/Hi
你好吗? Nǐ hǎo ma? How are you?
shì Yes
不是 bù shì No
hǎo Good/ok
不好 bù hǎo not good
谢谢 xiè xie thank you
不客气 bù kè qì You are welcome
对不起 Duì bù qǐ I’m sorry
没关系 Méi guan xi It’s okay. (polite response to “I’m sorry”)
Qǐng Please
请问 qǐng wèn Excuse me
早上好 zǎo shàng hǎo Good morning
下午好 xià wǔ hǎo Good afternoon
晚上好 Wǎn shàng hǎo Good evening
晚安 Wǎn ‘ān Good night
很高兴认识你 Hěn gāo xìng rèn shì nǐ Nice to meet you
再见 Zài jiàn Goodbye/ Bye-bye
你叫什么名字? Nǐ jiào shén me míng zi? What is your name?
我叫… Wǒ jiào … My name is…
我不会讲中文 Wǒ bú huì jiáng zhōng wén I can’t speak Chinese
你会说英语吗? Nǐ huì shuō Yīng yǔ ma? Do you speak English?
我听不懂 Wǒ tīng bù dǒng I don’t understand
这是什么? zhè shì shén me? What is this?
这是… zhè shì… This is …
我想要… Wǒ xiǎng yào… I want…
我不想要… Wǒ bù xiǎng yào… I don’t want…
多少钱 duō shǎo qián How much is it?
几点钟 Jǐ diǎn zhōng What’s the time?
我喜欢… Wǒ Xǐ huān… I like…
我不喜欢… Wǒ bù Xǐ huān… I don’t like …
duì Right/correct
不对 bù duì Wrong/incorrect

When You Need Help

洗手间在那里 Xǐ shǒu jiān zài nǎ li? Where is the bathroom/toilet?
我饿了 Wǒ è le I’m hungry
我渴了 Wǒ kè le I’m thirsty
我累了 Wǒ lèi le I’m tired
我迷路了 wǒ mí lù le I’m lost
请帮助我 Qǐng bāng zhù wǒ Please help me
我生病了 wǒ sheng bìng le I’m sick
我受伤了 wǒ shòu shāng le I’ve been injured
我需要医生 wǒ xū yào yīshēng I need a doctor
我可以用您的电话吗? wǒ kě yǐ yòng nín de dian huà ma? Can I use your phone?

Numbers in Chinese

0 líng  
1 One
2 èr Two
3 sān Three
4 Four
5 Five
6 liù Six
7 Seven
8 Eight
9 jiǔ Nine
10 shí Ten
100 yībǎi One hundred
1000 Yī qiān One thousand

 

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