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Chinese I wish I knew before arriving

Funny, important, and helpful phrases to learn before coming to China

03·03·2016

As many find, even after studying Mandarin for over three years, alighting from the plane I found myself ill-prepared in the language department. For those in a similar situation, the following tidbits will hopefully help you avoid the confusing and embarrassing situations for which the classroom does not prepare you.

 

I have a _____ allergy.

我对_____过敏。

Can I have your Wechat?           

我可以加你的微信吗?

What’s in this dish?

这是什么菜?

How do I download the AQI app?

我怎么下载空气质量的 APP?

Do you have a good VPN?

你有没有好的VPN推荐?

The wifi is down.  

网没了。

There’s a cockroach in the bathroom.

卫生间有只蟑螂。

The toilet is leaking.

厕所漏水了。

Which Chinese drama has the easiest subtitles to read?

哪个中国电视剧有简单的字幕?

Where do I get a phone plan?

哪儿可以买手机卡?

How much data does my phone plan have?

手机套餐包多少流量?

Keep this receipt if you want your company to reimburse you.  

如果想要公司报销的话,保存好这张发票。

I’ve been locked out.

我被锁在外面了。

Not all the dishes we ordered came out, where are they? 

菜还没有上全,剩下的呢?

Do you sell PM2.5 face masks?    

你们卖防pm2.5口罩吗?

Are there any stores open during Spring festival?

春节的时候哪些店开门吗?

How sketchy is this neighborhood?

这个小区安全吗?

Do you have a picture menu?

你有带图片的菜单吗?

How do I order lunch into the office?

我要怎么订外卖?

Don’t step in that puddle!

小心那个水坑!

What is my size in centimeters (for Americans only)?

我不知道我的尺码是多少公分?

Is there a Western style pharmacy around here?

这儿附近有药房吗?

 

Photo courtesy of laichushu.com

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