English | Phrases - Travel | General

General - Essentials

您能帮助我吗?(nín néng bāngzhù wǒ ma?)
Can you help me, please?
Asking for help
您讲英语吗?(nín jiǎng yīngyǔ ma?)
Do you speak English?
Asking if a person speaks English
您会讲__吗?(nín huì jiǎng __ ma?)
Do you speak _[language]_?
Asking if a person speaks a certain language
我不会讲__。(Wǒ bù huì jiǎng __.)
I don't speak_[language]_.
Clarifying that you don't speak a certain language
我不明白。(Wǒ bù míngbái.)
I don't understand.
Explaining that you don't understand

General - Conversation

您好!(nín hǎo!)
Hello!
Standard greeting
你好!(nǐ hǎo!)
Hi!
Informal greeting
早上好!(zǎoshang hǎo!)
Good Morning!
Greeting used in the morning
晚上好!(wǎnshàng hǎo!)
Good Evening!
Greeting used in the evening
晚安!(wǎn'ān!)
Good Night!
Greeting used when leaving in the evening/night or before going to bed
您好吗?(nín hǎo ma?)
How are you?
Polite small talk enquiring about the other person's well-being
很好,谢谢。(hěn hǎo, xièxiè.)
Good, thank you.
Polite reply to 'How are you?'
您叫什么名字?(nín jiào shénme míngzì?)
What’s your name?
Asking the other person's name
我叫___。(wǒ jiào ___.)
My name is ___.
Telling someone your name
您来自哪里?(nín láizì nǎlǐ?)
Where are you from?
Asking about someone's origin
我来自___。(wǒ láizì ___.)
I am from___.
Answering about your origin
您多大了?(nín duōdàle?)
How old are you?
Asking about someone's age
我___岁了。(wǒ ___ suìle.)
I am___years old.
Answering about your age
是(shì)
Yes
Positive reply
不是(bùshì)
No
Negative reply
请(qǐng)
Please
Filler word to add polite touch
给你!(gěi nǐ!)
Here you go!
Used when giving something to someone
谢谢。(xièxiè.)
Thank you.
Thanking someone
非常感谢。(fēicháng gǎnxiè.)
Thank you very much.
Thanking someone very warmly
不客气。(bù kèqì.)
You're welcome.
Politely replying to a 'thank you'
对不起。(duìbùqǐ.)
I am sorry.
Apologizing for something
打扰了。(dǎrǎole.)
Excuse me.
Getting the attention of someone
没有关系。(méiyǒu guānxì.)
It's OK.
Replying to an apology if you accept it
没关系。(méiguānxì.)
No problem.
Replying to an apology if you accept it
当心!(dāngxīn!)
Watch out!
Making someone aware of a danger
我饿了。(wǒ è le.)
I am hungry.
Used when feeling hungry
我渴了。(wǒ kě le.)
I am thirsty.
Used when feeling thirsty
我累了。(wǒ lèi le.)
I am tired.
Used when feeling tired
我病了。(wǒ bìng le.)
I am sick.
Used when feeling sick
我不知道。(wǒ bù zhīdào.)
I don't know.
You don't know the answer to a question
认识您真高兴。(rènshí nín zhēn gāoxìng.)
It was nice meeting you.
Polite good-bye phrase after first meeting
再见!(zàijiàn!)
Goodbye!
Saying farewell

General - Complaints

我要投诉。(wǒ yào tóusù.)
I would like to make a complaint.
Polite way of starting your complaint
谁负责管理这里?(shuí fùzé guǎnlǐ zhèlǐ?)
Who is in charge here?
Finding out who is responsible
这简直无法接受。(zhè jiǎnzhí wúfǎ jiēshòu.)
This is totally unacceptable!
Strongly expressing your dissatisfaction
我要求退款!(wǒ yāoqiú tuì kuǎn!)
I want my money back!
Asking for a refund
我们已经等待一个小时了。(wǒmen yǐjīng děngdài yīgè xiǎoshíliǎo.)
We have been waiting for over an hour.
Complaining about long waiting times

General - Swearing

这太难吃了!(zhè tài nán chīle!)
This food tastes like crap!
Rude way of showing displeasure with your food
这太难喝了!(zhè tài nán hēle!)
This drink tastes like piss!
Rude way of showing displeasure with a drink
这个地方太垃圾了!(zhège dìfāng tài lèsèle!)
This place is a shithole!
Rude way of showing displeasure with an establishment
这车就是一件破烂!(zhè chē jiùshì yī jiàn pòlàn!)
This car is a wreck!
Rude way of showing displeasure with a car
服务太糟糕了!(fúwù tài zāogāole!)
The service sucks!
Rude way of showing displeasure with the service
这就是敲诈!(zhè jiùshì qiāozhà!)
This is a total rip-off!
Rudely complaining about a high price
扯淡!(chědàn!)
That is bullshit!
Rude way of showing disbelief in something someone said
你就是个愚蠢的低能儿!(nǐ jiùshì gè yúchǔn de dīnéng ér!)
You are a stupid moron!
Insulting a person by criticizing his/her intelligence
你知道个屁!(nǐ zhīdào gè pì!)
You don't know shit!
Insulting a person by criticizing his/her knowledge
滚开!(gǔn kāi!)
Piss off!
Rudely telling a person to leave immediately
我们到外面来解决问题!(wǒmen dào wàimiàn lái jiějué wèntí!)
Let's settle this outside!
Asking a person to fight outside of an establishment