More often than not, you might find yourself wandering the streets of a foreign country and end up quite lost. In such times, knowing some basic phrases in the local language might become useful.
This is particularly true for travellers in China, where one might easily find themselves wandering cobbled alleys with no signs showing the way out. Learning to say “Hello, could you point me in the right direction?”, and even a simple, “How do you do?” can prove to be extremely useful.
Particularly during Chinese New Year, striking up a conversation in the local language will endear you to your hosts. So, we present some basic Chinese phrases and sentences for your benefit.
Zhu Ni Yang Nian Hao Yun: “Wish you luck in the Year of the Goat” – this phrase straightaway proves that you are a traveller who is well aware of Chinese culture and tradition. It is a great opening remark that will immediately soften others’ opinion of you.
Xinnian Kuaile: Short, simple, and to-the-point, this phrase means “Happy New Year”. Remember to say it with a smile.
Xiexie: Knowing how to say a polite word of “thanks” after a host’s gracious hospitality can help you in a foreign land. ‘Xiexie’ is the shortest and simplest way of doing this in China.
Shenti Jiankang: Meaning “Enjoy good health“, this phrase will help you end a conversation in the best way possible.
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