Mandarin Phrases

The Mandarin phrases are helpful because they are used daily. Below we picked expressions that a new learner will find useful. We included the audio as well. This is a better way to learning. Learn only what you need. We start with greetings and introduction.

Hi: 您好  [nín hǎo] Audio
What is your name?: 你叫什么名字?  [nǐ jiào shén mē míng zì?] Audio
Nice to meet you: 很高兴认识你  [hěn gāo xìng rèn shí nǐ] Audio
How are you?: 你好吗?  [nǐ hǎo ma?] Audio
I'm good, thanks: 我很好,谢谢  [wǒ hěn hǎo, xiè xiè] Audio
And you?: 你呢?  [nǐ ní?] Audio

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More questions about language and age:

Do you speak (English/Mandarin)?: 你会讲英语/中文吗?  [nǐ huì jiǎng yīng yǔ/ zhōng wén ma?] Audio
Does she speak Chinese?: 她说中文吗?  [tā shuō zhōng wén ma?] Audio
A little bit: 一点点  [yī diǎn diǎn] Audio
How old are you?: 你多大了?  [nǐ duō dà liào?] Audio
I'm 33 years old: 我三十三岁  [wǒ sān shí sān suì] Audio
It was nice talking to you: 真的很高兴和你说话  [zhēn de hěn gāo xìng hé nǐ shuō huà] Audio

If you don't understand something, this will be your secret weapon:

What do you mean?: 你是什​​么意思?  [nǐ shì shén shí shén me yì si?] Audio
I don't understand: 我不明白  [wǒ bù míng bái] Audio
I don't know: 我不知道  [wǒ bù zhī dào] Audio
Sorry: 抱歉  [bào qiàn] Audio
What is that called in Mandarin?: 那个用中文怎么说?  [nà gè yòng zhōng wén zěn me shuō?] Audio
What does that word mean in English?: 这个字(那个词)在英语里是什么意思?  [zhè gè zì zài yīng yǔ lǐ shì shén me yì si?] Audio

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More personal information about origins and profession:

Where are you from?: 你从哪儿来?  [nǐ cōng nǎ er lái?] Audio
I'm from the U.S: 我从美国来  [wǒ cōng měi guó lái] Audio
I'm American: 我是美国人  [wǒ shì měi guó rén] Audio
Where do you live?: 你住在哪里?  [nǐ zhù zài nǎ lǐ?] Audio
I live in the U.S: 我住在美国  [wǒ zhù zài měi guó] Audio
What do you do for a living?: 您做什么工作?  [nín zuò shén mē gōng zuò?] Audio
I'm a student: 我是学生  [wǒ shì xué shēng] Audio

Offering or asking for help and giving directions:

Can I help you?: 我可以帮你吗?  [wǒ kě yǐ bāng nǐ ma?] Audio
Can you help me?: 你能帮助我吗?  [nǐ néng bāng zhù wǒ ma?] Audio
Where is the airport?: 机场在哪里?  [jī chǎng zài nǎ lǐ?] Audio
Go straight: 直行  [zhí xíng] Audio
Then: 然后  [rán hòu] Audio
Turn left: 左转  [zuǒ zhuǎi] Audio
Turn right: 右转  [yòu zhuǎi] Audio


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Good wishes in Mandarin in holidays and occasions:

Happy birthday: 生日快乐  [shēng rì kuài lè] Audio
Happy new year: 新年快乐  [xīn nián kuài lè] Audio
Merry Christmas: 圣诞快乐  [shèng dàn kuài lè] Audio
Good luck: 祝你好运  [zhù nǐ hǎo yùn] Audio
Congratulations: 祝贺您  [zhù hè nín] Audio

Mandarin expressions commonly used when traveling or buying:

I have a reservation: 我有预约  [wǒ yǒu yù yuē] Audio
Do you have rooms available?: 你有空房吗?  [nǐ yǒu kòng fáng ma?] Audio
I would like a non-smoking room: 我想要一个不允许吸烟的房间  [wǒ xiǎng yào yī gè bù yǔn xǔ xī yān de fáng jiān] Audio
How much it costs per night?: 每晚的收费是多少?  [měi wǎn de shōu fèi shì duō shǎo?] Audio
Waiter: 服务员  [fú wù yuán] Audio
How much is this?: 这个多少钱呢?  [zhè gè duō shǎo qián nē?] Audio
What is this?: 这是什么?  [zhè shì shén mē?] Audio

Survival phrases considered to be important in emergencies:

Are you okay?: 你还好吗?  [nǐ hái hǎo ma?] Audio
I need a doctor: 我需要一个医生  [wǒ xū yào yī gè yī shēng] Audio
Help: 帮助  [bāng zhù] Audio
Call the ambulance: 呼叫救护车  [hū jiào jiù hù chē] Audio
Call the police: 报警  [bào jǐng] Audio
I am sick: 我生病了  [wǒ shēng bìng liǎo] Audio

These Mandarin phrases can be used in a variety of conversations. If you have already visited our Mandarin Vocabulary and Mandarin Grammar, you might want to visit our Mandarin Flashcards to practice what you learned.

Mandarin Vocabulary

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Did you know? Phrases are the combination of the use of vocabulary and grammar. Mastering the vocabulary and grammar can result in the ability to make useful Mandarin phrases.