Language - Useful words and expressions in Chinese
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Language

Although in most hotels and some restaurants it's possible to make yourself understood in English, here is a list of useful expressions in Mandarin that you can use during your trip.

The official language in Beijing is Mandarin Chinese, also known as pǔtōnghùa. Since 1979, Pinyin has been used as the phonetic transcription system of Mandarin Chinese using the Latin alphabet.

Greetings

Hello
Nǐ hǎo
Goodbye
Zàijiàn
Good morning
Nǐ zǎo
Goodnight
Wǎnshàng hǎo
Please
Quing
Thank you
Xiè-xiè
You're welcome
Bù yòng xiè

Restaurant

Starter
Kāiwèi cài
Ice cream
Bīng
Milk
Niúnǎi
Tea
Chá
Cooked
Kǎo
Cocido
Shú
Fried
Yóu jiān
Salt
Yán
Pepper
Hújiāo
Onion
Yángcōng
Garlic
Dàsuàn
Prawns
Dà xiā
Vegetable
Shūcài
Fish
Yú lèi
Lamb
Yángròu
Rice
Dàmǐ
Chicken
Pork
Zhū ròu
Beef
Xiǎo niúròu
Fruit
Shuǐguǒ
The bill
Zhànghào

Days of the Week

Monday
Zhōuyī
Tuesday
Zhōu'èr
Wednesday
Zhōusān
Thursday
Zhōu sì
Friday
Zhōu wǔ
Saturday
Zhōu liù
Sunday
Zhōu rì

Numbers

One
Yi
Two
Er
Three
San
Four
Si
Five
Wu
Six
Liu
Seven
Qi
Eight
Ba
Nine
Jiu
Ten
Shi