Chinese | Phrases - Travel | General

General - Essentials

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

General - Conversation

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

General - Complaints

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

General - Swearing

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