Learning some essential Chinese travel phrases and words will make a huge difference on your visit to China! Learning these simple Mandarin phrases will not only help you navigate, but will impress locals as well.
Pronunciation is key when learning Chinese phrases; use apps like Google Translate and Pleco to practice your Chinese pronunciation and intonation.
How to say I’m sorry
Chinese offers multiple ways of offering an apology, with Pei Li Dao Qian (pildaoqian) being more formal and reserved for situations in which your actions had an enormous impact.
Bu Hao Yi Si (b ho yi s) should be used when speaking more casually and joking around, such as being late. You can add Zhen to this phrase for added sincerity.
Now that you know how to apologize in Chinese, why not practice on your next trip! Practicing is key to learning any language; try FluentU’s immersive videos and personalized lessons to get started today!
Traveling to China can be a culinary paradise! To truly impress local Chinese friends and to satisfy any hunger pangs while on the road, here are a few key phrases related to eating that may come in handy:
Keep these words pronounced correctly! Mandarin is a tonal language and even mispronouncing one syllable can dramatically alter its meaning, so listening carefully and practicing until you can say each syllable without mispronouncing is crucial for smooth Chinese pronunciation. Good luck and congratulations! Xie xie!
Mandarin is a tonal language, meaning each syllable has a specific tone. Acknowledging others’ understanding is vitally important if you wish for their assistance in understanding.
Kuai Le ( ) is the best way to say I’m Happy in Chinese. You can use this phrase at celebrations or festivals, or as a thank-you note when someone has been particularly kind or helpful – either on its own or combined with other phrases.
Chinese characters Yi and Wei can help convey “I’m lonely” easily: Yi stands for “to rely on, consent” while Wei means “to cuddle”. Together they convey a feeling of wanting someone close who you can rely on and adore.
Keep in mind that Mandarin is just one part of an expansive Chinese language family, and that other dialects such as hookien and Cantonese exist as well.
Unlearning key travel phrases in Mandarin Chinese will make your trip smooth and hassle-free, but don’t forget to download a dictionary or language learning app before your journey – they will help you pronounce words correctly, remember them better and take notes more efficiently as well as providing you with a back up in case any phrases slip your memory or become confusing!
If someone does something kind for you while traveling, don’t forget to thank them with an enthusiastic “xie xie!”