Basic Conversation in Chinese

Basic Conversation in Chinese 2017-03-20T16:40:42+00:00

Now let’s learn some basic Chinese conversation. This lesson will teach you how to introduce yourself, as well as simple words and phrases like yes, no, excuse me and I don’t understand. Learn these and you’ll be ready to conduct short conversations in Chinese.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning Chinese (Mandarin)“.

Basic Chinese words & phrases: conversations

Video: How to Introduce Yourself in Chinese

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Vocabulary

Basic conversation

EnglishChineseChinese
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
yes
shì
no
please / you’re welcome

欢迎你
qǐng
huān yíng nǐ

you’re very welcome
非常欢迎你
fēi cháng huān yíng nǐ
thank you
谢谢
xiè xiè
thank you very much
非常感谢
fēi cháng gǎn xiè
thanks
谢谢你
xiè xiè nǐ
Excuse me!
抱歉!
bào qiàn!

Communication

EnglishChineseChinese
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
I understand.
我知道。
wǒ zhī dào 。
I don’t understand.
我不明白
wǒ bú míng bái
Hello? (on the phone) / I beg your pardon?
你好
nǐ hǎo
What does that mean?
那是什么意思?
nà shì shí me yì sī?
I don’t know.
我不知道。
wǒ bú zhī dào.
I don’t speak Polish.
我不懂波兰语。
wǒ bú dǒng bō lán yǔ .
I speak a little Polish.
我会说一点波兰语。
wǒ huì shuō yī diǎn bō lán yǔ .
Do you speak English? (informal)
你会说英语吗?
nǐ huì shuō yīng yǔ ma?
Do you speak English? (formal)
你会说英语吗?
nǐ huì shuō yīng yǔ ma?
Yes, I do speak English.
是的,我会讲英语。
shì de, wǒ huì jiǎng yīng yǔ .
No, I don’t speak English.
不,我不会说英语。
bú, wǒ bú huì shuō yīng yǔ .

Making acquaintances

EnglishChineseChinese
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
Please talk more slowly!
请说慢一点!
qǐng shuō màn yī diǎn!
Nice to meet you!
很高兴认识你!
hěn gāo xìng rèn shí nǐ!
How are you?
你好吗?
nǐ hǎo ma?
Good, thank you!
好的,谢谢你
hǎo de, xiè xiè nǐ
I’m well, thanks!
我很好,谢谢!
wǒ hěn hǎo, xiè xiè!
Not bad, thanks!
不错,谢谢!
bú cuò, xiè xiè!
very bad
很差
hěn chà
What’s your name?
你叫什么名字?
nǐ jiào shí me míng zì?
My name is [...].
我的名字是[…]。
wǒ de míng zì shì […].
What’s your first name?
你的名字是什么?
nǐ de míng zì shì shí me?
My first name is [...]
我的名字是[…]。
wǒ de míng zì shì […].
How old are you?
你几岁?
nǐ jǐ suì?
I’m [...] years old.
我[…]岁。
wǒ […] suì .
What are your hobbies?
你的爱好是什么?
nǐ de ài hǎo shì shí me?
What do you like doing?
你喜欢做什么?
nǐ xǐ huān zuò shí me?
What are you doing (at the moment)?
你现在做什么?
nǐ xiàn zài zuò shí me?
Where do you live?
你住在哪里?
nǐ zhù zài nǎ lǐ?
I live in [...].
我住在[…]。
wǒ zhù zài […].
I’m from England
我来自英国
wǒ lái zì yīng guó
I’m English
我是英国人
wǒ shì yīng guó rén

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