What Are Some Basic Chinese Vocabulary Words to Learn Before Visiting China?


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Some essential Chinese vocabulary terms that tourists to China should learn include greetings, including "Wei," which means "hi" or "hello" and "Ni hao ma?," which means "You good?" or "Are you OK?" The Chinese equivalent of "OK" is "hao" while the saying something is "bad" is "buhao."

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To say "thank you" in Chinese, tourists say "Xiexie," while saying "I'm sorry" is "duibuqi." Agreement is indicated with the repetition of "dui," as in "dui dui dui."

While shopping, tourists may ask what something is by saying "Zhe shi shenme?" or ask for an item by saying "Youmeiyou" which means "have or have not?" To ask the price of something, "duoshao qian?" means "how much money?"

To ask for directions, tourists say "Where is" by saying "Zai nali dzeye naa-lee?" Tourists can say "I want to go" by saying "Wo xiang qu." Inquiring about a restrooms requires the word "cesuo," which means "restroom." "I want to go to the bathroom," is said as "Cesuo zai nali?"

Around 900 million people speak Mandarin Chinese, making it the most prevalent language in the world. It is the official language of China and Taiwan and is spoken widely in Singapore. Cantonese, which is the other most widely spoken dialect of the Chinese language, is spoken in some Chinese provinces.

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