Learn how to ask these basic questions in Chinese to help you begin communicating with others and gather useful information regarding directions, time, and weather conditions:

  • How's it going? Nǐ zěnme yàng? (nee dzummuh yahng)

  • Do you speak English? Nǐ huì shuō Yīngyŭ ma? (nee hway shwaw eeng yew mah)

  • Can you help me? Néng bùnéng bāngmáng? (nung boo nung bahng mahng)

  • What is your name? Nǐ jiào shénme míngzi? (nee jyaow shummah meeng dzuh)

  • What time is it? Xiànzài jǐ diăn zhōng? (shyan dzye jee dyan joong)

  • What's the weather like? Tiānqi zěnme yàng? (tyan chee dzummuh yahng)

  • How much is this? Zhèige duōshăo qián? (jay guh dwaw shaow chyan)

  • Where do I find . . . ? Zài năr zhăo . . . ? (dzye nar jaow . . . )

  • Where is the bathroom? Cèsuŏ zài năr? (tsuh swaw dzye nar)

  • What time do you open/close? Nín jǐ diăn zhōng kāi/guān mén? (neen jee dyan joong kye/gwahn mun)

  • Could you please talk more slowly? Qǐng nǐ shuō màn yīdiăr. (cheeng nee shwaw mahn ee dyar)

  • Could you repeat that please? Qǐng nǐ zài shuō yícì. (cheeng nee dzye shwaw ee tsuh)