100 Basic Chinese Vocabularies

We believe in learning the most important vocabularies first to start off your learning journey on the right foot. The list below contains 100 of the most frequently used Chinese vocabularies. For more vocabularies like that, check out our yellow vocabulary book towards the end of this page.

EnglishMandarin
I我 (wǒ)
you你 (nǐ)
he他 (tā)
she她 (tā)
it它 (tā)
we我们 (wǒ men)
you你们 (nǐ men)
they他们 (tā men)
what什么 (shén me)
who谁 (shéi)
where哪里 (nǎ lǐ)
why为什么 (wèi shén me)
how怎样 (zěn yàng)
which哪一个 (nǎ yī ge)
when什么时候 (shén me shí hou)
then然后 (rán hòu)
if如果 (rú guǒ)
really真的 (zhēn de)
but但是 (dàn shì)
because因为 (yīn wèi)
not不 (bù)
this这个 (zhè ge)
that那个 (nà ge)
all全部 (quán bù)
or或者 (huò zhě)
and和 (hé)
to know知道 (zhī dào)
to think想 (xiǎng)
to come来 (lái)
to put放 (fàng)
to take拿 (ná)
to find找到 (zhǎo dào)
to listen听 (tīng)
to work工作 (gōng zuò)
to talk说 (shuō)
to give给 (gěi)
to like喜欢 (xǐ huan)
to help帮助 (bāng zhù)
to love爱 (ài)
to call打电话 (dǎ diàn huà)
to wait等 (děng)
0零 (líng)
1一 (yī)
2二 (èr)
3三 (sān)
4四 (sì)
5五 (wǔ)
6六 (liù)
7七 (qī)
8八 (bā)
9九 (jiǔ)
10十 (shí)
11十一 (shí yī)
12十二 (shí èr)
13十三 (shí sān)
14十四 (shí sì)
15十五 (shí wǔ)
16十六 (shí liù)
17十七 (shí qī)
18十八 (shí bā)
19十九 (shí jiǔ)
20二十 (èr shí)
new新 (xīn)
old旧 (jiù)
few少 (shǎo)
many多 (duō)
wrong错 (cuò)
correct对 (duì)
bad坏 (huài)
good好 (hǎo)
happy高兴 (gāo xìng)
short短 (duǎn)
long长 (cháng)
small小 (xiǎo)
big大 (dà)
there那里 (nà lǐ)
here这里 (zhè lǐ)
right右 (yòu)
left左 (zuǒ)
beautiful漂亮 (piào liang)
young年轻 (nián qīng)
old老 (lǎo)
hello你好 (ní hǎo)
ok好的 (hǎo de)
of course当然 (dāng rán)
bye bye拜拜 (bái bái)
good bye再见 (zài jiàn)
excuse me不好意思 (bù hǎo yì si)
sorry对不起 (duì bu qǐ)
thank you谢谢 (xiè xie)
please请 (qǐng)
now现在 (xiàn zài)
hour小时 (xiǎo shí)
minute分钟 (fēn zhōng)
second秒 (miǎo)
day天 (tiān)
week星期 (xīng qī)
month月 (yuè)
year年 (nián)
evening晚上 (wǎn shang)
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