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Language Learning Resources

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Survival Basics

Master common courtesies like greetings and goodbyes, plus a few basic questions for getting around a new destination.

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English
Mandarin Chinese
Phonetic
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Where is…?
…在哪里?
…zài náli?
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How can I get to…?
去…怎么走?
Qù…zěnme zǒu?
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Hello!
你好!
Níhǎo!
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Goodbye.
再见。
Zàijiàn
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Thank you!
谢谢!
Xièxie!
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You’re welcome!
不用谢!
Búyòng xiè!
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Excuse me.
不好意思。
Bù hǎo yìsi.
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Sorry!
对不起!
Duìbuqǐ!
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Can you help me?
你可以帮我吗?
Ní kéyǐ bāng wǒ ma?
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Yes
shì
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No
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I have…
我有…
Wó yǒu…
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I need…
我需要…
Wǒ xūyào…
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Language and Communication

Learn to introduce yourself, talk about language, and ask how to say or clarify certain words.

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English
Mandarin Chinese
Phonetic
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How do you say…?
…怎么说?
… zěnme shuō?
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What does this mean?
这是什么意思?
Zhè shì shénme yìsi?
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Could you repeat that more slowly please?
请再说一遍,慢一些可以吗?
Qǐng zài shuō yíbiàn, màn yìxiē kéyǐ ma?
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Sorry, I don’t speak Mandarin.
对不起,我不会说中文。
Duìbuqǐ, wǒ búhuì shuō zhōngwén.
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I don’t understand.
我不懂。
Wǒ bùdǒng.
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Do you speak English?
你会说英文吗?
Nǐ huì shuō yīngwén ma?
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I am learning Mandarin.
我正在学中文。
Wǒ zhèngzài xué zhōngwén.
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My name is…
我叫…
Wǒ jiào…
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I am from…
我是…人。
Wǒ shì …rén.
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Nice to meet you!
很高兴认识你!
Hěn gāoxìng rènshi nǐ.
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How do you write…?
…怎么写?
…zěnme xiě?
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Airport

Learn crucial airport phrases and vocabulary like ‘delayed,’ ‘boarding,’ and ‘What did that announcement say?’

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English
Mandarin Chinese
Phonetic
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I am a tourist.
我来旅游。
Wǒ lái lǚyóu.
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I am here on business.
我来工作。
Wǒ lái gōngzuò.
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I will be here for…
我来…
Wǒ lái…
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How can I get to the city center?
去市中心怎么走?
Qù shìzhōngxīn zěnme zǒu?
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Is there public transportation?
有公共交通吗?
Yǒu gōnggòng jiāotōng ma?
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Where can I exchange currency?
我可以在哪里换钱?
Wó kéyǐ zài náli huànqián?
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Delayed
晚点
wándiǎn
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Boarding
登机
dēngjī
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Excuse me, what did that announcement say?
请问,广播说的是什么?
Qǐngwèn, guǎngbō shuōde shì shénme?
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Train / Metro Station

Navigate your way through a new city with these need-to-know public transportation phases in your back pocket.

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English
Mandarin Chinese
Phonetic
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Which platform is the train to…?
去…的火车站台是哪个?
Qù…de huǒchē zhàntái shì nǎge?
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Where can I buy a ticket?
我可以在哪里买票?
Wó kéyǐ zài náli mǎi piào?
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I would like to buy a ticket to….
我买一张到…的票。
Wó mǎi yìzhāng dào …de piào.
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Are there reserved seats?
有预定的座位吗?
Yǒu yùdìng de zuòwèi ma?
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What time does the next train depart?
下趟车什么时候开?
Xiàtàng chē shénme shíhou kāi?
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How long does it take?
坐多长时间?
Zuò duōcháng shíjiān?
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One-way
单程
dānchéng
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Round trip
往返
wángfǎn
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How does this machine work?
这个机器怎么用?
Zhège jīqì zěnme yòng?
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Excuse me, this is my stop.
不好意思,我要下车。
Bù hǎo yìsi, wǒ yào xiàchē.
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Bus / Shuttle

Get where you need to go via bus or shuttle by learning basic phrases like ‘How much is the fare?’ and ‘I’d like to get off here.’

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English
Mandarin Chinese
Phonetic
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How often does the bus run?
公共汽车多长时间一趟?
Gōnggòng qìchē duōcháng shíjiān yítàng?
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When is the last bus?
最后一班车几点?
Zuìhòu yìbān chē jídiǎn?
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How much is the fare?
车票多少钱?
Chēpiào duōshǎo qián?
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How do I pay the fare?
怎么交钱?
Zěnme jiāo qián?
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Where does this bus go?
这路车去哪里?
Zhè lù chē qù náli?
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Does this bus go to…?
这路车去不去…?
Zhè lù chē qù bú qù …?
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Is there a shuttle?
有没有摆渡车?
Yǒu méiyǒu bǎidù chē?
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I’d like to get off here.
我在这里下车。
Wǒ zài zhèli xiàchē.
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You are stepping on my foot!
你踩我脚了!
Nǐ cái wó jiǎo le!
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May I sit here?
我可以坐这里吗?
Wó kéyǐ zuò zhèli ma?
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Sorry, this seat is reserved.
对不起,这个座位有人了。
Duìbuqǐ, zhège zuòwèi yǒu rén le.
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It’s full, there’s no more room.
坐满了,没有座位了。
Zuò mǎn le, méiyǒu zuòwèi le.
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Taxi / Rideshare

Hail a ride by learning basic directions, vocab, and the right questions to ask your driver.

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English
Mandarin Chinese
Phonetic
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I am going to…
我去…
Wǒ qù…
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What is the rate?
一公里多少钱?
Yì gōnglǐ duōshǎo qián?
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Is the meter running?
打表了吗?
Dá biǎo le ma?
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May I open the window?
我可以开窗户吗?
Wó kéyǐ kāi chuānghu ma?
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Turn here.
在这里拐。
Zài zhèli guǎi.
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Right
yòu
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Left
zuǒ
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At the corner.
在拐角。
Zài guáijiǎo.
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Please stop here.
请在这里停车。
Qǐng zài zhèli tíngchē.
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Do you have change?
你有零钱吗?
Ní yǒu língqián ma?
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Oh no, I lost my….
哎呀,我的…丢了。
Āiya, wǒde…diū le.
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Hotel

Learn to manage reservations, ask for advice, and request hotel services.

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English
Mandarin Chinese
Phonetic
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How do I get on the wifi?
请问,无线网怎么上?
Qǐngwèn, wúxiànwǎng zěnme shàng?
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I need to change my reservation.
我需要更改酒店订单。
Wǒ xūyào gēnggǎi jiǔdiàn dìngdān.
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What time is checkout?
几点退房?
Jídiǎn tuìfáng?
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Where can I go to try good, cheap, local food?
哪里可以吃到物美价廉的当地菜?
Náli kéyǐ chīdào wùměijiàlián de dāngdì cài?
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Is there a nice restaurant with international food near here?
附近有没有好西餐馆?
Fùjìn yǒu méiyǒu hǎo xīcān’guǎn?
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Can you give me directions?
能告诉我怎么走吗?
Néng gàosu wǒ zěnme zǒu ma?
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What is there interesting to do around here?
这里有什么好玩儿的?
Zhèli yǒu shénme hǎowánr de?
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Do you have a map?
你有地图吗?
Ní yǒu dìtú ma?
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Can you make a reservation for me?
可以帮我预定吗?
Kéyǐ bāng wǒ yùdìng ma?
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Can you call a taxi for me?
可以帮我叫出租车吗?
Kéyǐ bāng wǒ jiào chūzū chē ma?
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May I leave my luggage here?
我能把行李放在这里吗?
Wǒ néng bǎ xíngli fàng zài zhèli ma?
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Restaurant

Hungry? These food and dining-related phrases and vocabulary will make finding and ordering the local faire second-nature.

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English
Mandarin Chinese
Phonetic
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Where is the restroom?
请问,洗手间在哪里?
Qǐngwèn, xíshǒujiān zài náli?