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Speak like the Chinese

Old Chinese man
People in China speak one of two languages: Mandarin or Cantonese. Mandarin is most common and a few phrases go a long way, especially if you’re in a remote area.  Here are a few to give you a head start:

1. Ni-hao (knee how)
"Hello."

2. Zai jian (dzai jyan)
"Goodbye."

3. Xie xie (sheh sheh)
"Thank you"

3. Qing wen zen mo zou?
"Will you show me the way to..."

4. Zou ba
"Let’s go!"

5. Duo shao qian? (dwo shaoh chyen)
"How much?"

6. Tai gui! (tai gway)
"It’s too expensive!"

7. Pian yi dian
"Give me a lower price"

8. Hao chi!!
"It’s delicious!"

9. Zhè gè chē qù Chángchéng ma?
"Does this coach go to the Great Wall?"

10. Ting bu dong
"I don’t understand what you’re saying."

*The fine print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.

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