Chinese Phrases For Dummies
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Traveling to China but don't know Chinese? Taking Chinese at school but need to kick up your conversation skills? Don't worry! This handy little phrasebook will have you speaking Chinese in no time.
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- Get directions, shop, and eat out
- Talk numbers, dates, time, and money
- Chat about family and work
- Discuss sports and the weather
- Deal with problems and emergencies
Pronunciation Translation líng leeng 0 y∫ ee 1 èr are 2 s≈n sahn 3 sì suh 4 wû woo 5 liù lyo 6 q∫ chee 7 b≈ bah 8 jiû jyoe 9 shí shir 10 shíy∫ shir ee 11 (literally 10 + 1) shí’èr shir are 12 (literally 10 + 2) shís≈n shir sahn 13 shísì shir suh 14 shíwû shir woo 15 shíliù shir lyo 16 shíq∫ shir chee 17 shíb≈ shir bah 18 shíjiû shir jyoe 19 If the number “two” comes before a classifier (see Chapter 2), use the word liâng instead of èr.
buy adaptors, plugs, and smoke detectors.) ߜ Zài yíge y≈ncâo diàn nî kéyî mâi xuêji≈y≈n, xi≈ngy≈n, y≈ndôu hé gèzhông gèyàng de y≈ncâo. (dzye ee guh yan tsaow dyan nee kuh yee my shyweh jyah yan, shyahng yan, yan doe huh guh joong guh yahng duh yan tsaow; In a tobacco shop, you can buy cigars, cigarettes, pipes, and all kinds of tobacco.) ߜ Zài yíge zh∆bâo diàn nî kéyî mâi shôuzhuó, êrhuán, xiàngliàn, xi∂ngzh√n hé jièzhi. (dzye ee guh joo baow dyan nee kuh yee my show jwaw, are hwahn, shyahng
from?) ߜ Néng dài ch∆guó ma? (nung dye choo gwaw mah; Can it be taken out of China?) ߜ Nîde gûdông dìtân zài nâr? (nee duh goo doong dee tahn dzye nar; Where are your antique carpets?) Chapter 6: Shop ’til You Drop 101 ߜ Kéyî bùkéyî ji≈ zhúnxû ch∆guó de huôq∫ yìn? (kuh yee boo kuh yee jyah jwun shyew choo gwaw duh hwaw chee yeen; Can you put the export seal on it?) ߜ Zhèige du∂shâo nián? (jay guh dwaw shaow nyan; How old is this?) ߜ Nêige cháodài de? (nay guh chaow dye duh? Which dynasty is
cheeng nee huh jyo; May I get you a drink?) ߜ Wômen dào nâr qù tiàowû? (waw mun daow nar chyew tyaow woo; Where can we go to dance?) ߜ Yôu méiyôu rùchâng fèi? (yo mayo roo chahng fay; Is there a cover charge?) When you go to a bar with friends, you may ask for some b∫ngzhèn píjiû (beeng juhn pee jyo; cold beer) or maybe some hóng (hoong; red) or bái (bye; white) pútáo jiû (poo taow jyo; wine). And don’t forget to ask for some hu≈sh√ngmî (hwah shung mee; peanuts) or tûdòupiàn (too doe pyan; potato
you see the vowels iu and ui together. In that case, the tone marks fall on the second vowel. Sometimes vowels appear without initial consonant accompaniment, but they still mean something. The word âi, meaning “short” (of stature), is one example. Perfect pitch: Presenting . . . the four tones Mandarin has only four tones. The best way to imagine what each of the four tones sounds like is to visualize these short descriptions: ߜ First tone: High level. The first tone is supposed to be as high