Useful Chinese Words & Phrases for Travelers

Useful Chinese Words & Phrases for Travelers

As a tourist, learning some basic Mandarin or Cantonese words and phrases before visiting China is highly recommended. Not only will it make your whole experience easier, it will also make it more enjoyable when you can interact with local people. We have put together a list of essential easy to learn phrases which you should really try to learn before you go.

So whether you are planning a short break or like the idea of spending your gap year in China our words will help you to grasp the basics of the language. If you have some extra time to spare you might want to book a Chinese language course in China - this is a great way to improve your language skills, integrate into the local culture and make new friends.

Check out our essential phrases below:


Basic Greetings

  • Hi! - Ni hao
  • Good morning! - Zao shàng
  • Good evening! - Xia wu hao
  • Welcome - Huan ying
  • Thank you - Xie xie
  • You're welcome - Huan Ying Good night! - Wan an
  • See you later! - Dài huì ér jiàn
  • Good bye! - Zài jiàn 



  • How are you? - Ni hao ma
  • I'm fine, thanks! - Hen hao! Xie xie
  • What is your name? - Nín guì xìng
  • Do you speak English? - Nǐ huì shuō yīngyǔ ma?
  • Yes - Shì
  • No - Bú  shì
  • I do not understand wǒ tīng bù dǒng



  • 1 - yī
  • 2 - èr
  • 3 - sān
  • 4 - sì
  • 5 - wǔ
  • 6 - Liù
  • 7 - Qī
  • 8 - Bā
  • 9 - Jiǔ
  • 10 - Shí


Days of the Week

  • Day - Tiān 
  • Week - Xīngqī 
  • Today - Jīn tiān 
  • Yesterday - Zuó tiān 
  • Tomorrow - Míng tiān 
  • Evening - Wǎn shang 
  • Afternoon - Xià wǔ 
  • Morning - Zǎoshang 
  • Monday - Xīngqī yī 
  • Tuesday - Xīngqī èr 
  • Wednesday - Xīngqī sān 
  • Thursday - Xīngqī sì 
  • Friday - Xīngqī wǔ 
  • Saturday - Xīngqī liù
  • Sunday - Xīngqī tiān 



  • I want to go to ... - Wǒ xiǎng qù... (Wor sshyang chyoo …) 我想去 …
  • Where is ...?  - Zài nǎlǐ? (... dzeye naa-lee?) …在哪里
  • Bathroom - Cèsuǒ



  • I would like - Wǒ  yào
  • How much is this? - Duō shǎo qián
  • Too expensive - Tài guì le



  • Help - Jìumìng ā
  • Fire - Huǒ a
  • Stop - Tíng
  • Call the police - Jiào jǐngchá


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