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Useful Chinese ABC
Learn Some Basic Chinese Words and Phrases

The Chinese Language and dialects
Each province, each city and even each village in China speak their own dialect. There are hundreds of Chinese dialects in China so much so that each dialect speaker is not likely to understand another dialect speaker from another village or city. Fortunately, Mandarin, the official dialect, is understood by everyone in China.

Let's learn a few useful basic and common Mandarin words and phrases that will help you break barriers with Chinese people. Also useful for making your first trip to China.

Basic Chinese words and phrases

How are You? Ni Hao Ma

Also commonly shorten to Ni Hao.

This is likely to be the first Chinese words that you will ever need to learn. Useful as a greeting or a ice-breaker. Suitable for use with all ages and professions. Remember to use the Chinese phrase, Ni Hao, whenever you meet a Chinese friend or neighbor.

Thank You Xie Xie.

Another polite term that is easy to remember and use.

Very Good Hen Hao.

This is useful when giving praise for a job or task well done. Also useful as a reply to anyone who says "Ni Hao Ma?' to you.

Ni Hao Ma? (How are you?)

Hen Hao (Very Good)

No Good Bu Hao.

This is useful when there is a need to comment on a shoddy or incomplete job or task. Can also be used as a reply to Ni Hao Ma? but may not be such a good reply.

Ni Hao Ma? (How are you?)

Bu Hao (No Good)

Don't want or No Bu Yao.

This is the best term to use for touts - street hawkers who approach you at every tourist stop to ask you to buy things. Bu Yao....will stop them in their track.

This is beautiful Hen Piao Liang.

Use this phrase to praise something that is nice or beautiful. May also be used when meeting a pretty girl too!

Taxi De Shi.

De Shi is the correct term but you should be understood even if you use the English word for Taxi. They sound alike anyway.

Good Bye or See You Again Zai Jian.

Well, I guess this is another term that will be easily understood even if the English word is used.

Excuse Me Jie Guo.

There is always a crowd in touristy areas. There are so many Chinese who wants to see the same monuments too. Rather than push your way through the crowd, using the term Jie Guo may just open the path ahead for you!

Receipt Fa Piao.

Always ask for the receipt or Fa Piao at the shops or from a taxi. This may be useful if you need to complain about a fraud or shoddy product. Also useful if you leave behind your bag or camera in the taxi and need to trace the taxi number.

I don't want Wo Bu Yao.

Useful when refusing a tout or when offered a drink too many at the Dinner
table.



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Mr Aron Long,an excellent local English Guide in Shanghai!1.Shanghai city tour (Sightseeing,Shopping,Leisure,Golfing,Working,Nightlife)2.Business tour/interpretation (International Exhibition,Conference)3.Family tour 4.Outdoor camping near Shanghai5.water-town guiding in Shanghai6.Airport pick-up service (Shanghai Pudong /Hongqiao Airport)7.Vehicle rental(Car,Van,Mini-bus)8.Flight& Hotel booking 9.Accompanying service around China.Shanghai Map, Weather,Shanghai Local Time,Currency & Exchange,Chinese Food & Snack,Shanghai Local Phone Calls,Visa & Customs,Useful Chinese ABC,Useful Conversions,Consulates in Shanghai,Int'l Hospitals in Shanghai,Int'l Kindergartens & Schools,Chinese Traditional Festivals,Chinese Traditional Music