Below is our guide for basic survival Chinese – words and phrases that will get you by. Also, be sure to check out our guide on Chinese pinyin, as Chinese is a rather complicated language and even saying basic things can be difficult without an understanding of this core concept.
NOTE: Click the “play” icon beside the pinyin (or the pinyin itself) to hear how the phrase/word should sound.
We’ve collected what we feel are some of the most relevant and “need-to-know” pieces of information and assembled them into the following guides — sectioned into the basics, Chinese culture, learning Mandarin and teaching in China; as well as a selection of city guides.
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