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These Mandarin Chinese lessons have been designed to provide practical travel vocabulary and a foundation for basic conversational skills. You may also download a complete audio transcript for listening in your car.

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SECTION: THANK YOU / YOU'RE WELCOME
English:Thanks
Chinese:see-ay-see-ay
English: Thank you (alternate way to say)
Chinese:see-ay-see-ay neen
Literally:thanks you
English:You're welcome
Chinese:boo see-eh
Literally:no thanks
English:You're welcome (more formal)
Chinese:boo kuh-tchee
Literally:don't be polite
English: Your welcome / no problem (said for small things)
Chinese:may gwahn-shee
Literally:not have connection
English: Welcome (e.g. welcome to hotel/restaurant/shop)
Chinese:wahn-yeeng gwahng-leeng
SECTION: WOULD LIKE TO / TO EAT
English:Would like to
Chinese:see-ahng / shee-ahng
English:What would you like to do?
Chinese:nee see-ahng dzoh shun-muh
Literally:you would like to do what?
English:To eat
Chinese:chih
English:Rice
Chinese:fahn
English:To eat a meal
Chinese:chih fahn
Literally:to eat rice
English: I would like to eat (a meal)
Chinese:woh see-ahng chih fahn
Literally:I would l like to eat rice
English:Would you like to eat?
Chinese:nee see-ahng chih fahn mah
Literally:you would like to eat rice?
There is no standard word for yes and no in Chinese. Instead, questions are usually answered by repeating the positive or negative for of the verb from the original question. To answer the question would you like to eat?, you could simply repeat the positive or negative form of the verb:
English:Yes
Chinese:see-ahng
Literally:would like
English:No
Chinese:boo see-ahng
Literally:not would like
English:Okay?
Chinese:hau boo hau
Literally:good-not-good?
English:Let's eat, okay?
Chinese:woh-men chih fahn, hau boo hau
Literally:we eat, good not good?
English:Okay
Chinese:hau
Literally:good
English:What would you like to eat?
Chinese:nee see-ahng chih shun-muh
Literally:you would like to eat what?

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