Oct 17, 2022

20 Common Chinese Phrases

If you’re on a short trip to China and need to learn some survival Chinese phrases, these probably aren’t the phrases for you. But if you’re beginning your journey to learn Mandarin in China, these are 20 phrases you’ll encounter frequently in your daily life in China. They’ll also help show you basic examples of how to form sentences. Join Twelve and Lucy as they show you how to use them!

Long Time No See

Is anyone sitting here?

Do you drink Bai Jiu or Beer?

🍺Nǐ hē bái jiǔ hái shì pí jiǔ?
🍺Do you drink Chinese white spirits or beer?

🤷‍♀️Suí biàn!🍻
🤷‍♀️Doesn’t matter!🍻

Are you coming to KTV with us?

Have you eaten?

What kind of gifts do Chinese people like?

Can I add your WeChat?

Can I drink the tap water?

Can I smoke in here?

Happy Birthday!

This chicken has bones in it

What is that sound?

Let’s Order Takeout

Drink more hot water

You’ve got the wrong number

I still haven’t finished my homework


What are you doing at 1 pm today?

Time for class

Have a pleasant trip

Are you a beginner learning Chinese? Need help with speaking, pronunciation, grammar, writing characters, etc? There are many wonderful resources, such as language apps and language schools, that can help you.

This post originally comes from Omeida Chinese Academy.

By Omeida Chinese Academy | A Super Chineasian

Omeida Chinese Academy is a Chinese school which provides students from all over the world with the opportunity to study Chinese while experiencing and being immersed in Chinese culture.

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