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How To Speak Basic Chinese Phrases

Watch more Learn a Language videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to speak basic Chinese phrases with this language video from Howcast. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Say hello Say “Ni hao” when you meet someone — or want to meet them. It means “Hello.” Add “ma” at the end — “Ni hao ma?”—and you’re asking, “How are you?” Step 2: Introduce yourself Introduce yourself by saying, “Ni hao, wo jiao...” which means, “Hello, my name is...” Then ask for their name: “Ni jiao shenme-mingzi?” Step 3: How are you? If someone asks, “Chifanle meiyou?” — “Have you eaten?” — just nod yes and say, “Xie xie,” which means “thanks.” Tip This question is the equivalent of asking, “How are you?” Step 4: Be polite Remember your manners! Use “ging,” “duibuqi,” and “bu kuh qi”—“please,” “excuse me,” and “you’re welcome.” Step 5: Buy someone a drink Ask “Wo ke yi qing ni he yi bei ba”—“May I buy you a drink?” Tip “Pi jiu” means “beer” and “hong jiu” means “wine.” Step 6: Get a price Inquire about a price by saying, “Duoshao qian?”—or “How much?” Tip The Chinese currency is called renminbi, and the units are yuan, jiao (also known as mao), and fen. Step 7: Find a bathroom Should you need to freshen up, ask, “Ce suo zai nar?”—“Where can I find a restroom?” Step 8: Express admiration To express your admiration, say, “Wo xi huan ni”—“I like you.” “Ni zhen piao liang” means “You are wonderful.” Step 9: Ask for a kiss Request a kiss with “Wo xiang wen ni?” Warning Context is everything—the word for kiss, “wen,” is the same word for smell. Step 10: Get directions to a hospital To find a hospital, ask, “Yiyuan zai nar?” Step 11: Ask your roommates to quiet down Kindly ask your roommates to quiet down by saying, “bi zui,” which means “shut your trap.” Step 12: Find the train or bus When it’s time to depart, find your way to public transportation by asking, “Huoche zhan zai nar ” — “Where is the train station?” — or “Qong qong qiche zai nar ” — “Where is the bus station?” Step 13: Say goodbye Bid a fond farewell with “zai jian.” Or you can just say, “Bye, bye.” Did You Know? Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world, followed by English and Hindi.
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