50 Most Useful Mandarin Chinese Words and Phrases for Social Occasions

Published on 02 February 2021
Author: Chinese online courses

 

Language is a bridge between people. Using each the person’s language for greetings or chatting when meeting them for the first time can immediately shorten the distance between you.

Nowadays, there are more and more opportunities to encounter Chinese people in our work, study and lives, often through the Internet.

Even if you haven't planned to travel to China yet, even if you haven't planned to start studying Chinese seriously, knowing a few simple Chinese phrases or sentences can come in very handy and can help you establish new relationships quickly.

To help you, here are 50 or so of the most basic and common Chinese phrases and sentences that are frequently used in first meetings and early conversations.

Memorise them and use them flexibly, so that you will have unexpected success when meeting Chinese people for the first time and hopefully make some new friends.

 

Chinese

Pin yin

English

你好

nǐ hǎo

Hello/ hey

你好吗?

nǐ hǎo ma?

How are you?

吃了吗?

(nǐ) chī le ma?

Have you eaten yet? or how are you?

您贵姓?

nín guì xìng?

What’s your family name?

我很好

wǒ hěn hǎo

I’m fine/good

谢谢

xièxie

Thanks /thank you

非常感谢

fēicháng gǎnxiè

Thank you very much/ appreciate

qǐng

Please

请问

qǐng wèn

Excuse me

你真棒

nǐ zhēn bàng

You are great

真有意思

zhēn yǒu yìsi

Interesting

太好了

tài hǎo le

Very good

生日快乐

shēngrì kuàilè

Happy birthday

新年快乐

xīnnián kuàilè

Happy new year

恭喜发财

gōngxǐ fācái

Wish you prosperity

恭喜恭喜

gōngxǐ gōngxǐ

Congratulations

对不起

duìbúqǐ

I’m sorry

请原谅

qǐng yuánliàng

Please forgive me

没关系

méi guānxì

That’s all right

没问题

méi wèntí

No problem

等一会儿

děng yīhuì'r

Please wait a moment

不好意思

bú hǎo yìsi

Sorry/excuse me

什么意思?

shénme yìsi?

Pardon?

我不知道

wǒ bù zhīdào

I don’t know

我不懂

wǒ bùdǒng

I don’t understand

我明白了

wǒ míngbái le

I see

再见

zàijiàn

Good bye

回头见

huí tóu jiàn

See you in a while

祝你好运

zhù nǐ hǎoyùn

Good luck

祝你周末愉快

zhù nǐ zhōumò yúkuài

Have a nice weekend

保持联系

bǎochí liánxì

Keep in touch

我的名字是...

wǒde míngzì shì

My name is...

我从英国来

wǒ cóng Yīngguó lái

I come from UK

认识你很高兴

rènshí nǐ hěn gāoxìng

Nice to meet you

你叫什么名字?

nǐ jiào shénme míngzi?

What’s your name?

我会说一点中文

wǒ huì shuō yīdiǎn zhōngwén

I can speak some Chinese

你的英语很好

nǐde yīngyǔ hěn hǎo

Your English is very good

今天天气不错

jīntiān tiānqì bú cuò

The weather’s not bad today

你有什么爱好?

nǐ yǒu shénme àihào?

Do you have a hobby?

我喜欢中国美食

wǒ xǐhuān zhōngguó měishí

I like Chinese food

你想喝点什么?

nǐ xiǎng hē diǎn shénme?

What would you like to drink?

干 杯!

gānbēi!

Cheers!

我请客

wǒ qǐng kè

My treat

一共多少钱?

yīgòng duōshǎo qián?

How much in total?

可以用信用卡付款吗?

kěyǐ yòng xìnyòngkǎ fùkuǎn ma?

May I pay by card?

买单

mǎi dān

Take the bill please

可以帮我一个忙吗?

kěyǐ bāng wǒ yīgè máng ma?

Can you help me?

请问洗手间在哪里?

qǐng wèn xǐshǒujiān zài nǎlǐ?

Excuse me, where’s the toilet?

期待和你再次见面

qīdài hé nǐ zàicì jiànmiàn

Looking forward to see you again soon

保重

bǎozhòng

Take care

我会想念你的

wǒ huì xiǎngniàn nǐde

I’ll miss you

 

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