Basic Chinese Conversation

Posted by Clarice Zhao on Mar 18, 2016

basic Chinese conversation

When you start to learn a new language, the practical goal is to be able communicate. For the beginners, new to Chinese learning, some basic mandarin conversation is necessary in order to understand common day to day interactions. If you live in China, it can help you communicate with the Chinese people at a basic level, which will enrich your relationships with your neighbors and help them to see you in a friendly way. Today, let's learn some basic Chinese conversations, including greetings, self introductions, taking a taxi, and ordering food.

1. Greetings

A: nǐ hǎo 你好! Hello

B: nǐ hǎo 你好! Hello

A: zǎo shàng hǎo 早上好! Good morning

B:zǎo shàng hǎo 早上好! Good morning

A:hǎo jiǔ bú jiàn 好久不见! Long time no see

B:hǎo jiǔ bú jiàn 好久不见! Long time no see

A:zài jiàn 再见! See you

B: zài jiàn 再见! See you

A:xiè xiè 谢谢! Thank you

B:bú kè qì 不客气! You are welcome

A:duì bú qǐ 对不起! I am sorry

B:méi guān xì 没关系! It doesn't matter

Learn more about Chinese greetings here: Basic Chinese Greetings and Responses.

2. Self Introduction

xiǎo lì: nǐ hǎo! wǒ jiào xiǎo lì.

小丽: 你好!我叫小丽。

Xiaoli: Hello! My name is Xiaoli.

jié kè: nǐ hǎo!wǒ jiào jié kè. wǒ shì měi guó rén,nǐ lái zì nǎ lǐ?

杰克: 你好!我叫杰克。我是美国人,你来自哪里?

Jack: Hello! I'm Jack from America. Where are you from?

xiǎo lì: wǒ lái zì zhōng guó. hěn gāo xìng jiàn dào nǐ!

小丽: 我来自中国。很高兴见到你!

Xiaoli: I am from China. Nice to meet you!

jié kè:wǒ yě shì

杰克: 我也是。

Jack: Nice to meet you too!

3. Take a taxi

sī jī:xiān shēng, qǐng wèn qù nǎ lǐ?

司机: 先生,请问去哪里?

Driver: Sir, Where do you want to go?

jié kè:wǒ qù zhōng měi dà shà

杰克:我去中美大厦

Jack: I want to go to Zhongmei Plaza.

sī jī : hǎo de ! qǐng xì hǎo ān quán dài.

司机:好的! 请系好安全带。

Driver: Ok! Please buckle up.

sī jī : zhōng měi dà shà dào le.

司机:中美大厦到了。

Driver: We are arrived.

jié kè:duō shǎo qián?

杰克:多少钱?

Jack: How much is it?

sī jī : shí wǔ kuài

司机:十五块。

Driver: Fifteen Yuan

jié kè:hǎo de,xiè xiè !wǒ yào fā piào 。

杰克: 好的,谢谢!我要发票。

Jack: Ok. Thank you! Please give me receipt.

Learn more about take a taxi in Chinese here: How to say "taxi" in Chinese.

4. Order food

A: nǐ hǎo! wǒ yào diǎn cān

A: 你好! 我要点餐。

A: Hi! I need to order food.

B: nǐ hǎo! qǐnɡ wèn nín yào diǎn shén me ne?

B: 你好! 请问您要点什么呢?

B: Hi! May I help you?

A: wǒ yào yí fèn ɡōnɡ bǎo jī dīnɡ tào cān

A: 我要一份宫保鸡丁套餐。

A: I want a set meal of Kung Pao chicken.

B: hǎo de. qǐnɡ wèn tào cān yǒu pèi yǐn liào hé pèi tānɡ liǎnɡ zhǒnɡ,qǐnɡ wèn nǐ yào nǎ yì zhǒnɡ ?

B: 好的。请问套餐有配饮料和配汤两种,请问你要哪一种?

B: Ok. Two kinds of our set meal, with drinks or soup. Which one would you like?

A: pèi yǐn liào

A: 配饮料

A: Drinks please.

B: hǎo de yí ɡònɡ èr shí kuài

B: 好的。 一共二十块。

B: Ok, 20 yuan in total.

A: hǎo de xiè xiè !

A:好的。谢谢!

A: Ok, thanks.

Read here to get more information about how to order food in China: How to Order Food in Chinese.

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Clarice Zhao

Clarice Zhao is a Chinese Learning teacher at Hanbridge Mandarin who graduated from Beijing Language and Culture University. As an expert in linguistics, pedagogy, and Chinese culture, Clarice is committed to helping her students succeed.

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