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Pinyin Mandarin 2

Pinyin Mandarin 2

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Pinyin Mandarin 2

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  • shàngbān

    to start work

  • qùshàngbān

    to leave for work

  • xiàbān

    to finish work

  • dàogōngsī

    to arrive at the office

  • wǒ měitiān zǎoshàng qīdiǎnsìshí qùshàngbān

    to leave for work at 7.40 every morning

  • shàngxué

    to start school

  • fàngxué

    to finish school

  • shàngkè

    to start a class

  • xiàkè

    to finish a class

  • yìkēshù

    one tree

  • MW for trees and large plants

  • yòng

    to use sth

  • kěyǐyòng yīxià chéfáng ma

    can I use the kitchen for a bit?

  • kěyǐyòng yīxiàdiàn huà ma

    can I use the phone for a bit?

  • qǐnggěiwǒ duō yītiáomáotán

    can I have another blanket?

  • nǐkěyǐgěiwǒ duō yīdiǎnchá ma

    can I have some more tea?

  • nǐkěyǐgěiwǒ duō yīdiǎnshíjiān ma

    can I have some more time?

  • nǐkěyǐgěiwǒ duō yīdiǎnshíjiān kǎolǜ yīxià ma

    can I have some more time to think about it a bit?

  • wǒjìnbùliǎowǒdefángjiān

    I can't get into my room

  • pigment for ink

  • mòshuǐ

    liquid ink

  • fěnhóng

    pink

  • fěnlán

    powder blue

  • chéng

    orange [fruit and colour]

  • jīnsè

    gold colour

  • yínsè

    silver colour

  • mòlǜsè

    dark green

  • māo

    cat

  • dàxióngmāo

    panda

  • shùxióng

    koala

  • běijíxióng

    polar bear

  • běijí

    north pole

  • sēnlín

    a forest

  • xiǎoxióng

    a teddy bear

  • fángjiāntàilěng le

    the room is too cold

  • zāng

    dirty

  • yuèliàng

    the moon

  • tàiyáng

    the sun

  • tàiliàng le

    too bright i.e. glaring

  • àn

    dark

  • chǎo

    noisy

  • ānjìng

    quiet

  • tiānqì

    weather

  • shìshéi

    who is it? i.e. who is there?

  • duōshǎotiān

    how many days?

  • duōshǎorén

    how many people?

  • duōshǎokēshù

    how many trees?

  • duōshǎotiāngōngzuòrì

    how many working days?

  • duōshǎotiānjiàqī

    how many days holiday?

  • duōshǎogexīngqī

    how many weeks?

  • duōshǎogeyuè

    how many months?

  • duōshǎonián

    how many years?

  • guòlái

    to come back

  • guòqù

    to go back

  • qǐngděng yīhui'er guòlái

    please come back later

  • guò yīhui'er

    a moment later

  • guò sāntiān

    three days later

  • diàndēng

    electric light

  • línyùtóu

    shower-head

  • lín

    to sprinkle

  • shuǐlóngtóu

    a faucet i.e. tap

  • diànfēngshàn

    an electric fan

  • yùshi

    a bathroom in a private space

  • cèsuǒ

    toilet i.e. the equipment not the room

  • línyùtóuhuài le

    the shower head is broken

  • línyùtóuyǒumáobìng

    there's something wrong with the shower head

  • jǐdiǎnzhōng tuìfáng

    what time is checkout?

  • zhàngdān

    the bill

  • zhàngdānyǒuwèntí

    there's a mistake in the bill

  • nǐkěyǐhuànwǒ yājīn ma

    can you give me my deposit back?

  • wǒ kěyǐnáhuí wǒdeyājīn ma

    can I get my deposit back?

  • wǒkěyǐfàng yīxià wǒdexíngli ma

    can I leave my luggage here for a bit?

  • nǐkěyǐchīfàn ma

    active voice: can you eat the rice?

  • nǐkěyǐbǎfàn chīle ma

    passive voice as command: can you get that rice eaten?

  • wǒkěyǐbǎwǒdexíngli fàng yīxià zàinàlǐ ma

    passive voice as question: can I get my luggage left there for a bit?

  • wǒ guòyīhuì'er huílái

    I'll come back a while later

  • wǒ guòyīhuì'er zài huílái

    I'll come back again a while later

  • jiājù

    furniture

  • dàijiājù ma

    does it come with the furniture?

  • bāokuòjiājù ma

    is the furniture included?

  • wèi

    MW for people treated with deference

  • nǐzhǎonǎwèi

    Who is it you're looking for? [polite]

  • yīwèiyīshēng

    one doctor

  • liǎngwèilǜshī

    two lawyers

  • sānwèijūnrén

    three soldiers

  • sìwèijǐngchá

    four policemen

  • wǔwèifǎguān

    five judges

  • fǎlǜ

    the law

  • yīgegōngrén

    one worker

  • běn

    MW for books

  • běnzi

    a notebook

  • fèn

    MW for portions of things that can be divided

  • duōshǎofènshēngrìdàngāo

    how many portions of birthday cake?

  • zhī

    MW for long round objects like pens and pencils

  • liǎngzhībǐ

    two pens

  • sānzhīqiānbǐ

    three pencils

  • fēng

    MW for letters and email

  • liǎngfēngxìn

    two letters

  • sānfēngyóujiàn

    three emails

  • sìgexìnfēng

    four envelopes

  • jiān

    MW for a room

  • sānjiānwòshi

    three bedrooms

  • yījiānxiūxīshi

    one waiting room [e.g. in a station]

  • wǒyàodìng liǎngwǎn liǎngjiāndānrénfáng

    I want to book two single rooms for two nights

  • jiàn

    MW for individual items of clothing esp. tops

  • tào

    MW for entire outfits of clothing

  • liǎngtiáokùzi

    two pairs of trousers

  • sāntiáoqúnzi

    three skirts

  • sìtiáoliányīqún

    four everyday dresses

  • wǔtiáowǎnlǐfú

    five evening dresses

  • yīfú

    clothing

  • liùjiànshàngyī

    six blouses or T-shirts

  • liǎngtiáoxiàngliàn

    two necklaces

  • sāntiáoshǒuliàn

    three bracelets

  • zhī

    MW for watches; rings; non-sinuous animals

  • qīzhīwúgōng

    seven centipedes

  • sānzhīshǒubiǎo

    three wristwatches

  • sìzhījièzhǐ

    four rings

  • dòngwù

    an animal

  • zhíwù

    a plant

  • MW for sentences

  • liǎngjùjùzi

    two written sentences

  • sānjùhuà

    three spoken sentences

  • liǎngkēshù

    two trees

  • piàn

    MW for forests and leaves and areas of grass

  • sānpiànshùlín

    three forests

  • jiǔpiànsēnlín

    nine forests

  • wǔpiànyèzi

    five leaves from a tree

  • bāpiàncǎodì

    eight areas of grass

  • jià

    MW for aeroplanes

  • sōu

    MW for boats

  • duǒ

    MW for individual flowers and for clouds

  • shù

    MW for bunches of flowers

  • tiáo

    MW for corridor; trousers; fish; skirts; necklaces; bracelets; snakes; sharks; dragons; worms; scarves

  • gēn

    MW for blades of grass and most root vegetables

  • liǎnggēnhúluóbo

    two carrots

  • sāngēnbáiluóbo

    three radishes

  • sìgēncōngcōng

    four spring onions

  • wǔgeyángcōng

    five onions

  • kuài

    MW for small regularly sized things like biscuits; ice cubes; coins

  • MW for seeds; sweets; garlic; stars

  • liǎngkēsuàntóu

    two garlic cloves

  • sānkēzhóngzi

    three seeds

  • wǔkētáng

    five sweets

  • yībǎikēxīngxīng

    a hundred stars

  • sìkuàibīng

    four cubes of ice

  • píng

    MW for bottles

  • liǎngpínghóngjiǔ

    two bottles of red wine

  • sānpíngpútáojiǔ

    three bottles of grape wine

  • wǔpíngmǐjiǔ

    five bottles of rice wine

  • liǎngkuàibǐnggān

    two biscuits

  • bēi

    MW for cups and glasses of drink

  • liǎngbēichá

    two cups of tea

  • sānbēiguózhī

    three glasses of juice

  • MW for periodicals and TV programs

  • liǎngqīzázhì

    two magazines

  • sānqīdiànshìjiémù

    three TV programs

  • jiémù

    a plan [e.g. for the weekend]

  • shàn

    MW for doors and windows

  • liǎngshànmén

    two doors

  • sānshànchuānghu

    three windows

  • dòng

    MW for buildings with more than two stories

  • liǎngdòngfángzi

    two houses

  • tái

    MW for heavy objects that aren't built in

  • liǎngtáibīngxiāng

    two fridges

  • sāntáidiànshì

    three TVs

  • sìtáidiànnǎo

    four computers

  • wǔtáixǐyījī

    five washing machines

  • liùtáiwēibōlú

    six microwave ovens

  • liǎnggekǎoxiāng

    two ovens

  • sāngeyīguì

    three wardrobes

  • sìgexǐwǎnjī

    four dishwashers

  • wǎn

    MW for a bowl of food

  • qīwǎnfàn

    seven bowls of rice

  • bāwǎnmiàntiáo

    eight bowls of noodles

  • jiǔwǎntāng

    nine bowls of soup

  • shǔ

    rat [Zodiac 1]

  • niú

    ox [Zodiac 2]

  • tiger [Zodiac 3]

  • rabbit [Zodiac 4]

  • lóng

    dragon [Zodiac 5]

  • shé

    snake [Zodiac 6]

  • horse [Zodiac 7]

  • yáng

    sheep [Zodiac 8]

  • hóu

    monkey [Zodiac 9]

  • cock [Zodiac 10]

  • gǒu

    dog [Zodiac 11]

  • zhū

    pig [Zodiac 12]

  • lǎoshǔ

    a rat

  • lǎohǔ

    a tiger

  • xiǎobáitù

    a rabbit

  • fùxí

    to revise

  • zhǐ

    paper

  • zhèzhāngzhǐ

    this piece of paper

  • yīzhāngyǐzi

    one chair

  • ānpái

    to have something organised

  • nǐ zhōumò yǒushénmeānpái

    do you have something organised for the weekend?

  • dìèrshànmén

    the second door

  • zàidìsānshànmén guǎizuǒ

    turn left at the third door

  • wǒhuìzuò dìèrlièchūfādehuǒchē

    I'll take the second train that leaves

  • yītiáomáomáochóng

    one worm

  • máomáoyǔ

    drizzle

  • liǎngtóunǎiniú

    two dairy cows

  • nàzhīmiányáng

    that sheep

  • wǔzhīshānyáng

    five goats

  • yīzhīhóuzi

    a monkey

  • yīzhīmǔjī

    a hen

  • yīzhīgōngjī

    a cockerel

  • liǎngtóugōngniú

    two bulls

  • yīgemòshēngrén

    a stranger

  • zhèshì gōngde háishi mǔde

    is that a male or a female?

  • sāntóuhuángniú

    three oxen

  • liùtóushuǐniú

    six water buffalo

  • shùyè

    a leaf from a tree

  • yèzi

    a leaf from a plant or flower

  • yīgēncǎo

    one blade of grass

  • MW for pages in a book

  • wǒ měitiān kànsānbǎiyèshū

    every day I read three hundred pages of a book

  • wǔkuàijiāng

    five pieces of ginger root

  • wǔpiànjiāng

    five slices of ginger

  • dìèryè

    the second page of the book

  • dànchǎofàn

    egg fried rice

  • sìzhīdàn

    four eggs

  • chǎomiàn

    fried noodles

  • lāmiàn

    ramen

  • yānhuā

    fireworks

  • fàngyānhuā

    to set off a firework

  • xǐhuān

    to like something

  • ránhòu

    and after that [in giving sequence of events]

  • duōshǎo ge xiǎoshí defēijī

    how long is the flight?

  • zhífēi

    a direct flight

  • zhuǎnjī

    to change planes

  • liǎngzhīxuědiāo

    two ferrets

  • hǎitún

    dolphin

  • shāyú

    shark

  • shā

    sand

  • sāntiáolúyú

    three sea bass

  • kǒngquè

    a peacock

  • sìzhīhúli

    four foxes

  • wǒ yǒu yīdiǎn xǐhuānhúli

    I quite like foxes

  • wǒ zhēnde hěnxǐhuānhúli

    I really like foxes

  • wǒ bǐjiào xǐhuānlǎohǔ

    I prefer tigers

  • wǒxǐhuānlǎohǔ duō guòshīzi

    I prefer tigers to lions

  • wǒxǐhuānlǎohǔ bǐshīziduō

    I prefer tigers to lions

  • shīzi

    lion

  • miàn

    MW for mirrors and walls

  • liǎngmiànjìngzi

    two mirrors

  • sìmiànqiáng

    four walls

  • cíxìng

    female [scientific; not used in speech]

  • xióngxīng

    male [scientific; not used in speech]

  • dàishǔ

    kangaroo

  • chángjǐnglù

    giraffe

  • bózi

    neck

  • nǐzhǔnbèihǎolema

    have you got everything ready?

  • nǐzhǔnbèihǎo qùzhōngguó lema

    have you got everything ready for going to China?

  • gōngxǐ

    congratulations [and a very common new year's greeting]

  • dāncìjìnchū

    single entry [visa]

  • duōcìjìnchū

    multiple entry [visa]

  • nǐqùle duōshǎocì zhōngguó

    how many times have you been to china?

  • zhèshìwǒ dìèrcì qùzhōngguó

    this is my second visit to china

  • duōchángshíjiān

    for what length of time?

  • nǐyàoděngduōjiǔ

    how long do you have to wait?

  • wǒháiyàoděng duōjiǔ

    how much longer do I have to wait?

  • nǐdeqiānzhèng qiānleduōjiǔ

    how long is your visa valid for? [also: how long is the wait for a visa?]

  • tāgěile nǐ duōjiǔ

    how long a visa did they give you?

  • nǐ děngwǒděngle duōjiǔ

    how long have you been waiting for me?

  • nǐ zhǔfànzhǔle duōjiǔ

    how long have you been cooking?

  • nǐ děnglě duōjiǔ

    how long have you been waiting?

  • nǐ chīfànchīle duōjiǔ

    how long have you been eating?

  • nǐ zhǔfànzhǔdé hěnhǎochī

    your cooking is delicious

  • wǒ děngdé hěnlèi

    I've been waiting so long I'm tired

  • wǒ děnghuǒchēděngdé hěnlèi

    I've been waiting so long for the train I'm tired

  • wǒxīwàngnǐ wándéhěnkāixīn

    I hope you have a happy rest [break]

  • wǒ zuówǎn kànshūkàndé hěnwǎn

    I read very late last night

  • wǒdǎdiànhuàdǎle hěnjiǔle

    I've been on the phone for a long time

  • wǒdǎdiànhuàdǎle hěnchángshíjiānle

    I've been on the phone for a great length of time

  • zhuǎnhuànchātóu

    an electrical adapter

  • chātóu

    a plug

  • háiméi

    not yet

  • nǐshōushixínglǐ ma

    have you packed your luggage?

  • fèiānnà

    Fiona

  • nǐfēixiānggǎng yàofēi dōujiǔ

    how long is your flight to hong kong?

  • wǒfēihuílái yàofēishīsāngexiǎoshí

    my flight back takes 13 hours

  • nǐdōudìnghǎo jiǔdiàn lema

    have you got your hotels all nicely booked?

  • yīgelǚxíngshè bāngwǒ dìnghǎojiǔdiànle

    a travel agency helped to get the hotels all booked

  • lǚxíngshè

    a travel agency

  • dìtú

    a map

  • wǒdediànnǎo kěyǐdǎohángwǒ qùjiǔdiàn

    my ipod touch [computer] can guide me to the hotel

  • lǚxíngshèhuìbāngwǒānpái qìchē cónghuǒchēzhàn jiēwǒ

    the travel agency will arrange a car to meet me from the train station

  • yīzhǎndēng

    a light [electric]

  • yīzhīlàzhú

    a candle

  • wǒméiyǒuchīfàn

    I didn't eat

  • wǒháiméichīfàn

    I haven't eaten yet

  • móshù

    magic [noun]

  • shénqí

    that's magical! [it's a miracle]

  • dàyùshān

    proper Chinese name for Lantau

  • érqiě

    and also [joining sentences]

  • dàbùfèn

    the majority

  • xiǎobùfèn

    the minority

  • tíngliú

    to stay somewhere as a traveller not a resident

  • wǒsìsuìdeshíhòu zuòhǒuchē qùguòguìlín

    when I was four I went to Guilin by train

  • thirsty

  • xiǎngjiādeshíhòu nǐzuòshénme

    what do you do when you're homesick?

  • zǒngshì

    always

  • lǚxíngdeshíhòuwǒ zǒngshì juédékě

    when I travel I always feel thirsty

  • zàizhōngguódeshíhòu wǒhuì duōliànxí zhōngwén

    when I'm in China I will practise Chinese some more

  • háihǎo

    it's fine; I'm fine

  • suǒyǐ

    as a result; therefore

  • yīnwèi huǒchētuīchí suǒyǐ wǒ hěnwǎn zàidào

    because the train was delayed I arrived very late

  • yīnwèi wǒ wǎn xiàbān suǒyǐ wǎnfàn huìchídào

    because I left work late dinner will be late

  • rúguǒ

    if [always followed by "will"]

  • rúguǒ xīngqīliù tiānqìhěnhǎo wǒhuìqùgōngyuàn

    if the weather is good on Saturday I will go to the park

  • kěshì

    but

  • kǎoxiāng

    oven

  • kǎodōngxī

    to bake

  • yīnwèi wǒdekǎoxiānghuàile suǒyǐ wǒkǎodàngāo bùchénggōng

    because my oven is broken my cake didn't turn out right

  • kǎoshì

    to take an exam; an exam

  • wǒ chénggōngde tōngguòkǎoshìle

    I successfully passed the exam

  • wǒ chénggōng tōngguòkǎoshìle

    I successfully passed the exam [w.o. de]

  • tōngguò

    by means of; to pass

  • gōutōng

    communications

  • wǒkǎoshìkǎo déhěnchénggōng

    I took the exam with success

  • wǒ hěnkuàide pǎo

    I very quickly ran [de mandatory as 1-syll verb]

  • rúguǒ wǒkǎoshìkǎo déhěnchénggōng huìqùlǚxíng

    if I pass the exam very successfully I will go travelling

  • wǒzuòfēijīdeshíhòu zǒngshi juéde hěnkùn

    when I fly I always feel tired

  • dāng wǒzuòfēijīdeshíhòu zǒngshi juéde hěnkùn

    during the times when I fly I always feel tired

  • jìrán

    given that; now that

  • jìrán ni yǐjīng láile wǒmen yīqǐ chīwǔfàn ba

    since you're already here let's have lunch together

  • zuìhòu

    finally; eventually

  • zuìhòu tōngguògōutōng wǒmenjiějuéwèntí le

    finally by means of communications we sorted out the problem

  • jīnwǎn yǒushénmehuódòng

    is there anything taking place this evening?

  • zhǔdōngxī

    to cook

  • nǐxiǎngqù hēkāfēi ma

    would you like to go for a cofffee?

  • nǐxiǎngqù tīngyīnyuèhuì ma

    would you like to go to hear a concert?

  • kuàilè

    happy

  • zhùnǐ

    may you have...

  • zhùnǐ shēngrìkuàilè

    Happy Birthday!

  • zhùnǐ shèngdànjiékuàilè

    Merry Christmas!

  • zhùnǐ xīnniánkuàilè

    Happy New Year!

  • zhùnǐ chūnjiékuàilè

    Happy Spring Festival [new year]

  • mǔqinjié

    mother's day

  • fùqinjié

    father's day

  • qīn'àidemāma

    Dear Mother

  • nǐxiǎngqù kàndiànyǐng ma

    would you like to go to see a film?

  • nǐxiǎngqù chàngkǎlāOK ma

    would you like to go to sing karaoke?

  • wǒ cóngláibù chàngkǎlāOK

    I never sing karaoke [never by personal preference]

  • wǒ kāichēdeshìhòu juébù dǎdiànhuà

    I never use the phone while I'm driving [following the rules]

  • wǒchàng débùhǎo

    I sing badly [with optional de]

  • wǒchàng bùhǎo

    I sing badly [without optional de]

  • wǒzhǔfàn bùhǎochī

    I cook badly [w.o. de]

  • wǒchàng déhǎo

    I sing well [de mandatory as 1-syll]

  • nǐxiǎngqù kànyǎnchū ma

    would you like to go to see a show?

  • biǎoyǎn

    to perform

  • kànjīngjù

    to see Beijing opera

  • kànyuèjù

    to see Cantonese opera

  • kàngējù

    to see western opera

  • kànyīnyuèjù

    to see a musical

  • wǒqǐngkè

    it's on me; it's my treat

  • nǐtàikèqì le

    thank you very much for being so generous

  • bùhǎoyìsì

    no thank you very much [polite decline of an offer]

  • qùtiàowǔ

    to go dancing

  • wǒbùhuìtiàowǔ

    I can't dance