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Chinese Language Day 2

Chinese Language Day

Today is the Chinese Language Day, and the best way to celebrate this beautiful – and difficult! – language, is to practice it.

Global Voices provides you with some basic phrases, with the corresponding Chinese characters and pronunciation.

享受!Xiǎngshòu! Enjoy!


English Chinese characters Pinyin Phonetic
Hello! 你好。 Nǐ hǎo. “nee-how”
How are you? 你好吗? Nǐ hǎo ma? “nee-how mah”
Fine, thank you. 很好, 谢谢。 Hěn hǎo, xièxie. “hen how siey-siey”
What is your name? 你叫什么名字? Nǐ jiào shénme míngzi? “nee dzee-aw shey-me meengze”
My name is… 我叫… 。 Wǒ jiào… “wo dzee-aw…”
Nice to meet you. 很高兴认识你。 Hěn gāoxìng rènshì nǐ. “hen gaw-seen jenshe nee”
Please. 请。 Qǐng. “tseen”
Thank you. 谢谢。 xièxie. “siey-siey”
You’re welcome. 不客气。 Bú kèqi. “boo ke-tee”
Excuse me. 打擾一下。 Dǎrǎo yixià. “dah-raw yee-sia”
I’m sorry. 对不起。 Duìbùqǐ. “du-ee-boo-tee”
Goodbye. 再见。 Zàijiàn. “tsay-dzeyn”
Number Chinese character Pinyin Phonetic
0 零 ; 〇 líng “leeng”
1 “ee”
2 èr “are”
3 sān “san”
4 “se”
5 “oo”
6 lìu “lioh”
7 “tsee”
8 “bah”
9 jǐu “jew”
10 shí “she”
20 二十 èr-shí “are-she”
30 三十 sān-shí “san-she”
40 四十 sì-shí “se-she”
100 一百 yī-bǎi “ee-baay”
101 一百〇一 yī-bǎi-líng-yī “ee-baay lin ee”
110 一百一十 yī-bǎi-yī-shí “ee-baay ee-she”

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