Some common Chinese phrases

Common Chinese Phrases


Chinese: 你好

Transliteration: nǐhǎo

Actual Meaning: You Good

你 (ni) means You and (hao) means good.

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Chinese: 对不起

Transliteration: duìbuqǐ

Actual Meaning: Sorry

对 (dui) means right, 不 (bu) means no and 起 (qi) means to start.

My name is…

Chinese: 我叫

Transliteration: wǒ jiào

Actual Meaning: I (am) called

我 (wǒ) means I and 叫 (jiào) means to call.

How are you?

Chinese: 你好吗

Transliteration: nǐhǎo ma?

Actual Meaning: You Good ?(yes/no)

你 (nǐ) means you, 好 (hǎo) means good and 吗 (ma) is used to represent question.

I am fine

Chinese: 我很好

Transliteration: wǒ hěnhǎo

Actual Meaning: I very good

我 (wǒ) means I, 很 (hěn) means very and 好 (hǎo) means good.

Thank you

Chinese: 谢谢

Transliteration: xièxiè

Actual Meaning: Thank Thank


In all these, you may link something to remember them easily such as you may find that “hello” is “nǐhǎo” and “how are you?” is “nǐhǎo ma?”, Only the addition of “ma”.

“My” and “I’ are represented by the same word, 我 (wǒ).

Chinese people may like to thank others that is why they say “thank” two times.

“Hello” and “I am fine” has one word in common i.e. 好 (hǎo) meaning good.

Source: Standard Mandarin, Chinese Characters

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