So you’re passing through Beijing. Or you’ve finally decided to crawl out of your cave and get in touch with the exciting linguistic world around you, good on you! These are some of the phrases we recommend you learn to make it easier to greet people and thank them, or to let them know your level of Chinese.

Come back every "Mandarin" Monday for more useful phrases related to travel, eating, health, and getting around the city.

The Basics

English Mandarin Pinyin
Hello 你好 Nǐ hǎo
Hello (more polite) 您好 Nǐn hǎo
How are you? 你好吗? Nǐ hǎo ma?
​I'm fine, and you? 我很好,你呢? Wǒ hěn hǎo, nǐ ne?
Thank you  谢谢 Xièxiè
You're welcome 不客气 Bù kèqì
I'm sorry 对不起  Duìbùqǐ
See you later 再见 Zàijiàn
Good Morning 早上好 Zǎoshang hǎo
Good Evening 晚上好  Wǎnshàng hǎo
Can you speak English? 你会说英语吗? Nǐ huì shuō yīngyǔ ma?
I'm sorry, I can't speak Chinese 对不起,我不会说中文 Duìbùqǐ, wǒ bù huì shuō zhōngwén
I am learning Chinese  我正在学习中文 Wǒ zhèngzài xuéxí zhōngwén
Have a safe journey!  一路平安 Yīlù píng'ān
I love China! 我爱中国 Wǒ ài zhōngguó

Easy as 1, 2, 3 ...

Number Mandarin Pinyin
1
2 Èr
3 Sān
4
5
6 Liù
7
8
9 Jiǔ
10 Shí
11 十一 Shíyī
12 十二 Shí'èr
13, 14, 15 ... 十三,十四,十五 Shísān, Shísì, Shíwǔ
20, 30, 40 ... 二十,三十, 四十 Èrshí, Sānshí, Sìshí
100 一百 Yībǎi
1,000 一千 Yīqiān
10,000 一万 Yīwàn

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