Adjectives describe people or things. You’ll need them whenever you want to describe what something or somebody is like. The car is old, the hotel is cheap. You get it. Memorize the Chinese adjectives below and you’ll be well equipped for most basic conversations.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning Chinese“.

Basic Words & Phrases: Adjectives

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Important adjectives

EnglishChineseChinese
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
goodhǎo
badhuài
new新增功能xīn zēng gōng néng
oldlǎo
smallxiǎo
large / big
longzhǎng
shortduǎn
cheap便宜biàn yí
expensiveguì
light / clear光 / 清除guāng / qīng chú
darkhēi
late晚了wǎn le
earlyzǎo
interesting有趣的yǒu qù de
boring无聊wú liáo
tired累了lèi le
easy / simple容易 / 简单róng yì / jiǎn dān
for free免费miǎn fèi
right / correct正确zhèng què
wrong错了cuò le
strongqiáng
weakruò
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