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Hear Mandarin Chinese Survival Phrases

The Mandarin Chinese language lesson offered here is an excerpt from Transparent Language's Mandarin Chinese software program. The Basic Mandarin Chinese Phrases and the Mandarin Chinese Phrases for Meeting and Greeting will lead you to the Mandarin Chinese Dialog at the end, which shows how these survival phrases are used in conversational Mandarin Chinese. Single click on the phrase to hear the Mandarin Chinese pronunciation spoken by a native Mandarin Chinese speaker. Take advantage of this Mandarin Chinese language resource as you learn to speak Mandarin Chinese!

Basic Mandarin Chinese Phrases

zhèng què. Yes.
正确。

cuò wù. No.
错误。

qǐng. Please.
请。

xiè xiè nín. Thank you.
谢谢您。

bú kè qì. You're velcome.
不客气。

láo jià. Excuse me.
劳驾。

dùi bù qǐ. I am sorry.
对不起。

zǎo chén hǎo. Good morning.
早晨好。

wǎn shàng hǎo. Good evening.
晚上好。

wǎn ān. Good night.
晚安。

Mandarin Chinese Phrases for Meeting and Greeting

nín hùi jiǎng yīng yǔ ma?
Do you speak English?
您会讲英语吗?

zhè lǐ yǒu rén hùi jiǎng yīng yǔ ma?
Does anyone here speak English?
这里有人会讲英语吗?

wǒ zhǐ huì jiǎng yì diǎn zhōng wén.
I only speak a little Chinese.
我只会讲一点中文。

nín jiaò shén me míng zì?
What is your name?
您叫什么名字?

wǒ jiaò lúo lún sī.
My name is Luo Lun Si.
我叫罗论丝。

nín hǎo?
How are you?
您好?

wǒ hěn hǎo, xiè xiè nín.
I'm fine. Thank you.
我很好谢谢您。

Hěn gāo xìng rèn shí nín.
I am very glad to meet you.
很高兴认识您。

wǒ bú míng bái.
I don't understand.
我不明白。

nín shūo shén me?
What did you say?
您说什么?

nín kě yǐ jiǎng màn diǎn ma?
Can you speak more carefully?
您可以讲慢点吗?

wǒ wán quán míng bái.
I understand perfectly.
我完全明白。

Mandarin Chinese Dialog

Mrs. Zhuang: nǐn zǎo, nín jiǎng yīng yǔ ma?
Good morning, do you speak English?
您早, 您讲英语吗?
Store Clerk: dùi bù qǐ, wǒ bù jiǎng yīng yǔ.
I'm sorry, I don't speak English.
对不起, 我不讲英语。
Mrs. Zhuang: hěn yí hàn, wǒ zhǐ huì jiǎng yí diǎn zhōng wén.
Unfortunately, I speak only a little Chinese.
很遗憾, 我只讲一点中文。
Store Clerk: méi gūan xi, wǒ dǒng nín de yì si.
That's all right, I understand you.
没关系, 我懂 您的意思。
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