Asking Basic Questions in Chinese

Part of the Chinese For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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)

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