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Mandarin Basic Phrases

Beijing Podcasts: Mandarin Basic Phrases

Basic Phrases in Chinese

Listen how to say some basic phrases in Mandarin, including greetings, useful travel phrases, numbers, days of week, months, seasons, time expressions, the weather and useful places.

May, 2008.

Common phrases in Mandarin.


Yes, no, perhaps, thank you, sorry, please, you're welcome, maybe, OK, pardon me, that's enough.


Hello, How are you? fine, good morning, good afternoon, good evening, good night, long time, no see.

Transport Words & Phrases

Bus, taxi, train, plane, boat, Is this the bus to.....?
Please take me to the airport.
Which subway should I take to.....?


20, 21, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 101, 110, 111.
First, second, third.

Days of the Week

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.


January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Time Expressions

Last month, this month, next month, every day, last year, this year, next year.
Past, future, the day before yesterday, today, tomorrow, yesterday, day after tomorrow


Spring, summer, autumn, winter.

Weather Words

Hot, cold, warm, wind, rain, snow, fog, sun, cloud.


Hospital, bank, airport, post office, embassy, school, supermarket, office, club house.

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