Useful Chinese Terms


Greetings & Social Interactions

 

Hello! 你好! (nǐ hǎo)

 

Good morning! 早上好! (zǎo shàng hǎo)

 

Bye! 再见! (zài jiàn)

See you next week! (1)下星期见! (xià xīngqí jiàn)

See you next week! (2)下周见! (xià zhōu jiàn) 

Thank you! 谢谢!

You're welcome. 不客气。 (bù kè qì)

I'm sorry. 对不起。 (duì bù qǐ)

It's OK. / Not a problem. 没关系。(méi guān xì)

Please wait. 请稍等。(qǐng shāo děng)

Please sit. 请坐。(qǐng zuò)

 

Teacher's Questions & Answers

 

Q: Did you bring your homework? 你带作业了吗?(nǐ dài zuò yè le ma)

A: Yes (I brought it). 带了。(dài le)

 

Q: Did you bring your homework? 你带作业了吗?(nǐ dài zuò yè le ma)

A: No (I didn't bring it). 没带。(méi dài)

 

Q: Did you bring your homework? 我给你改作业好吗?(wǒ gěi nǐ gǎi zuò yè hǎo ma)

A: OK. 好。(hǎo)

Q: Where's your homework? 你的作业呢?(nǐ de zuò yè ne)

A: It's right here. 在这里。(zài zhè lǐ)

I forgot. 我忘了。(wǒ wàng le)

No. 不。(bù)


Basic Needs

 

I want to go to the bathroom. 我要去厕所。(wǒ yào qù cè suǒ)

 

I want to drink water. 我要喝水。(wǒ yào hē shuǐ)

 

I want to eat crackers. 我要吃饼干。(wǒ yào chī bǐng gān)

I'm hungry. 我饿了。(wǒ è le)

I'm full (with food). 我饱了。(wǒ bǎo le)

I'm tired. 我累了。(wǒ lèi le)

I like it. 我喜欢。(wǒ xǐ huān)

I don't like it. 我不喜欢。(wǒ bù xǐ huān)

Where is [it/someone/something]? ...在哪里?(zài nǎ lǐ)