Learn Some Basic Survival Chinese Words – with Audio

There comes as point in many people’s lives, when they find themselves staring face to face with the language of China.  Maybe you are planning to travel, and would like to know a few basic words and terms.  Maybe your company is sending you to China to scout out business opportunities.  Or maybe your just adventurous and feel like a new challenge.  🙂  Whatever the reason…we all have to start somewhere.  🙂

Here is some basic survival words you may find useful.

Hello
nǐhǎo
你好
click to hear this said:  slowly or  at native speed

Goodbye
zàijiàn
再见
click to hear this said:  slowly or  at native speed

Thanks
xièxie
谢谢
click to hear this said:  slowly or  at native speed

Yesterday
zuótiān
昨天
click to hear this said:  slowly or  at native speed

Today
jīntiān
今天
click to hear this said:  slowly or  at native speed

Tomorrow
míngtiān
明天
click to hear this said:  slowly or  at native speed

Come
lái

click to hear this said:  slowly

Go


click to hear this said:  slowly

Menu
càidān
菜单
click to hear this said:  slowly or  at native speed

Pay the bill
mǎidān
买单
click to hear this said:  slowly or  at native speed

Toilet
cèsuǒ
厕所
click to hear this said:  slowly

Hotel
jiǔdiàn
酒店
click to hear this said:  slowly or  at native speed

Help!
(I hope you don’t need this one –
but it’s good to know what to yell out if there’s an emergency)
jiùmìng
救命
click to hear this said:  slowly or  at native speed

Doctor
yīshēng
医生
click to hear this said:  slowly or  at native speed

Me/I


click to hear this said:  slowly

You


click to hear this said:  slowly

Money
qián

click to hear this said:  slowly or  at native speed

Too expensive
tàiguì
太贵
click to hear this said:  slowly or  at native speed

Big


click to hear this said:  slowly

Small
xiǎo

click to hear this said:  slowly

Hot


click to hear this said:  slowly

Cold
lěng

click to hear this said:  slowly

Good
hǎo

click to hear this said:  slowly

Not good
bùhǎo
不好
click to hear this said:  slowly

Have
yǒu

click to hear this said:  slowly

Not have (…something…)
méiyǒu
没有
click to hear this said:  slowly or  at native speed

Airplane
fēijī
飞机
click to hear this said:  slowly

Airport
fēijīchǎng
飞机场
click to hear this said:  slowly

Taxi
chūzūchē
出租车
click to hear this said:  slowly

Train
huǒchē
火车
click to hear this said:  slowly or  at native speed

Bus
gōnggòngqìchē
公共汽车
click to hear this said:  slowly or  at native speed

Not clean
bùgānjìng
不干净
click to hear this said:  slowly or  at native speed

Please do not smoke
qǐng bù chōuyān
请不抽烟
click to hear this said:  slowly or  at native speed

Note: Try to copy the sound and inflection (called tone in chinese) as closely as you can.  This will make you more easily understood.

A few words about me…
I have been learning Mandarin Chinese at a school in northern China and privately for the past 5+ years.

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