Some fundamental Mandarin phrases are more valuable than others.
Why not concentrate on mastering these words first? We chose to write this post for you specifically for that reason.
The essential Mandarin phrases and words will be covered in this post, whether you’re just beginning to learn Mandarin.
If you’re soon traveling to China, these will be especially useful to you.
Basic Mandarin Words and Sentences That You Must Know
Following are the basic Mandarin Words and sentences that you must know:
1.Hello: Nǐhǎo (Nee how)
Use this phrase to greet someone.
2.Thank you: Xièxiè (Shieh-shieh)
Use this phrase to thank someone.
3.You’re welcome: Bù kèqì (Boo kuh-chi)
Use this phrase to welcome someone.
4.Good morning: Zǎo (Zhow)
If you want to wish good morning, use this phrase.
3.I don’t know Mandarin: (Wǒ bù dǒng pǔtōnghuà)
To tell someone that you are not fluent in Mandarin, use this phrase.
4.Goodnight: Wǎn’ān (One-un)
To wish someone Good Night, use this phrase.
5.My name is…: Wǒ jiào… (Wuh jeow…)
To tell your name to someone use this phrase.
6.Very beautiful: Hĕn piàoliang (Hen peow-liung)
To appreciate someone/something’s beauty, use this phrase.
7.Delicious: Hào chī (How chir); Very delicious: Hěn hào chī (Hen how chir)
If something tastes good, use this phrase.
8.I don’t understand: Wǒ bù dǒng (Wuh boo dong)
If you don’t understand something, use this phrase.
9.Let’s go!: Wǒmen zǒu ba! (Wuh-men zoew bah!)
To tell someone “Let’s go!” use this phrase.
10.What is this?: Zhè shì shénme
If you want to know what something is, use this Mandarin phrase.
11.Where is this….?: Zhè shì nǎlǐ…?
To know about a particular location or place use this phrase.
12.How are you? : Nǐ hǎo ma?
To know about how someone is using this phrase.
13.Where are you from?: Nǐ cóng nǎ lái?
To know from where someone is using this phrase.
14.Where can I find it?: Wǒ zài nǎlǐ kěyǐ zhǎodào
If you want to find something or a particular location, use this phrase.
15.I’m lost: Wǒ mílùle
If you are lost you can use this phrase.
Common Mandarin Words
- Yes: Shì (Sheh)
- No: Bù shì (Bu-sheh)
- Good: Hǎo (How)
- Bad: Bù hǎo (Boo-how)
- Today: Jīntiān (Jeen-tian)
- Tomorrow: Míngtiān (Meeng-tian)
- Yesterday: Zuótiān (Zwuh-tian)
- Goodbye: Zàijiàn (Zhai-jian)
We hope these foundational words and phrases will improve your ability to speak Mandarin confidently.
The first few times won’t be simple, so practice is the only and best option.
And always remember to prioritize the most important terms first rather than attempting to memorize all of the phrases we shared with you today.