20 Chinese Phrases You Can Use Immediately

Once you start learning a new language, you want to use it immediately. The 20 Chinese phrases in the list below allow you to do exactly that. For even more phrases, take a look at our learning resources for Chinese at the end of the page.

please请 (qǐng)
thank you谢谢 (xiè xie)
sorry对不起 (duì bu qǐ)
I want this我要这个 (wǒ yào zhè ge)
I want more我要多一点 (wǒ yào duō yī diǎn)
I know我知道 (wǒ zhī dào)
I don't know我不知道 (wǒ bù zhī dào)
Can you help me?你能帮我吗? (nǐ néng bāng wǒ ma?)
I don't like this我不喜欢这个 (wǒ bù xǐ huan zhè ge)
I like you我喜欢你 (wǒ xǐ huan nǐ)
I love you我爱你 (wǒ ài nǐ)
I miss you我好想你 (wǒ hǎo xiǎng nǐ)
see you later待会儿见 (dāi huì er jiàn)
Come with me跟我来 (gēn wǒ lái)
turn right向右转 (xiàng yòu zhuǎn)
turn left向左转 (xiàng zuǒ zhuǎn)
go straight直走 (zhí zǒu)
What's your name?你叫什么名字? (nǐ jiào shén me míng zi?)
My name is David我叫大卫 (wǒ jiào dà wèi)
I'm 22 years old我今年二十二岁 (wǒ jīn nián èr shí èr suì)
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Mandarin Vocabulary Book

Mandarin Vocabulary Book

This Mandarin vocabulary book contains more than 3000 words and phrases and is organized by topic to make it easier for you to pick what to learn first. It is well suited for learners of all levels who are looking for an extensive resource to improve their vocabulary or are interested in learning vocabularies in one particular area of interest.
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HSK 1-9 Vocabulary Guide [HSK 3.0, 2021]

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