Basic Chinese Phrases

It takes time and effort to become fluent in Chinese – it doesn't happen overnight. Notwithstanding, you can start speaking and understanding Chinese in just a few days. The quickest way to pick of Chinese and start conversing as quickly as possible is to learn and memorize the most popular and common chinese phrases. Below we'll explore several basic Chinese phrases that everyone visiting China or trying to learn Chinese should know. To hear a phrase click on any blue button. Then repeat the phrase out load.
English
Chinese
Do you speak English?
你會說英語嗎? (simplified)
你会说英语吗? (traditional)
nǐ huì shuō yīngyǔ ma? (pinyin)
I don't understand
我听不懂
我听不懂
Wǒ bù míngbái
I understand
我听得懂
我聽得懂
Wǒ tīng dé dǒng
Could you speak more slowly?
麻煩你講慢一點
麻烦你讲慢一点
máfan nĭ jiǎng màn yīdiǎn
Please say that again
麻烦你再说一边
麻煩你再說一邊
máfán nǐ zài shuō yībiān
Do you speak Chinese?
你会说中文吗?
你會說中文嗎?
nǐ huì shuō zhōngwén ma?
How do you say ______ in Chinese?
_____ 中文怎么说?
_____ 中文怎麼說?
_____ zhōngwén zěnme shuō
Please... (always used before a sentence)
麻烦你
麻煩你
máfán nǐ
Sorry
对不起
對不起
duìbùqǐ
Thank you (casual)
谢谢
謝謝
xièxie
Thank you very much
非常感谢你
非常感謝你
fēicháng gǎnxiè nǐ
Help!
救命啊!
救命啊!
jìumìng ā!
I can't speak chinese
我不会说汉语
我不會說漢語
wǒ bù huì shuō hànyǔ
Does someone here speak English?
这里有人会说英语吗?
這裡有人會說英語嗎?
Zhè li yǒurén huì shuō yīngyǔ ma?
Yes (most common)
shì
No
Excuse me
劳驾
勞駕
roman
Can you help me please?
你可以帮我吗?
你可以幫我嗎?
Nǐ kěyǐ bāng wǒ ma?
What time is it?
几点了?
幾點了?
jǐ diǎnle
What?
什么?
什麼?
Shén me?
Where?
哪里?
哪裡?
roman
I need a doctor
我要看医生
我要看醫生
wǒ yào kàn yīshēng
Now
现在
現在
xiàn zài
Today
今天
今天
jīn tiān
Yesterday
昨天
昨天
zuó tiān
Tomorrow
明天
明天
míng tiān
Where can I exchange money?
哪里可以换钱?
哪裡可以換錢?
nǎlǐ kěyǐ huàn qián