A few phrases to welcome your guests
- Hello everyone!
Dàjiā - hǎo
'everyone - good'
'welcome - welcome'
- Glad to see you!
Hěn - gāoxìng - jiàndào - nǐ
'very - happy - meet - you'
- Glad we meet again!
Hěn -gāoxìng - yòu - jiànmiàn - le
|#||Pinyin||English||[literal translation]When do you use it|
General greeting. Reply with the same
|2||Zàijiàn||Goodbye / See you again!||[again see]|
|3||Zǒu ba！||Let's go!||Urging someone to get moving|
|4||Duōshǎoqián||Much how? you||[more less/much few money|
|5||Bú yào, xièxie||No, Thank you||[not want, thank you]|
When offered something, especially useful when shopping.
|6||Wǒ shì Hélánrén||I am Dutch||[I am Holland person]|
|7||Wǒ bù zhīdào||I do not know.||[I don't know 'the way']|
Dao is 'the way' in Taoism/Daoism
|8||Wǒ bù dǒng||I do not understand||[I not understand]|
When you have no clue what someone says
|9||Wó dǒng le!||I understand now!||When you finally get it|
|10||Duìbuqǐ||Sorry! / Excuse me||General apology|
|11||Méiguānxi||It doesn't matter; it's alright||The usual reply to an apology|
|12||Qǐng wèn||May I ask (Excuse me)||When requesting information|
|Shìde||Yes (the link verb 'to be') / that's right||Affirmation. Often repeated several times.|
|15||Xíng||Yes, fine. Alright|
|16||Bù xíng||It won't work; No way|
|17||Xíng bù xíng?||Will it do. Will it be alright?||Asking for agreement|
|18||Méi wèntí||No problem!||[no question/problem]|
When asked a favour
|19||Duì||Correct. You are right.||Affirmation. Often repeated several times|
|21||Zǒu kāi||Go away!||When you are pestered by anyone who won't leave you alone|
|22||Yǒu méiyǒu?||Do you have ... ? Is there... ?||When shopping or asking for something|
|23||Tài měi le !||It's beautiful!||Spontaneous comment|
|24||Tài hǎo le !||It's great!||Spontaneous comment|
|25||Tài kělián le !||It's really pitiful!||Spontaneous comment|
|26||Wǒ è le!||I am hungry!||Announcement, usually before suggesting to go eating|
|27||Wǒ bǎo le!||I am full!||Announcement at the table|
|28||Wǒ lèi le!||I am tired!||Announcement, when engaging in tiring activity|
|29||Wǒ kě le!||I am thirsty!||Announcement, usually before suggesting to go get drinks|
|30||Wǒ bú huì||I don't know how||When you do know know how to do anything.|
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