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China Travel Tips - Language:
1. Nihao (pronounced "knee HOW")
This phrase equals "hello" in English. To get a light acquaintance with the local or respond back the local greetings (maybe the minute you land the less-developed region, tons of curiosity glances or shy grins will be cast to you and this greeting phrase may make them gasp in admiration). It is a good way to strike a conversation and show your easygoing characters.
2. Xiexie (pronounced sheeYEH-sheeYEH)
This phrase means "thank you", a perfect phrase to show your politeness which helps open many doors.
3. Pian yi dian/Tai gui le
The first means "could I get a better price" and the second one means" It is too expensive". Both of them are really helpful in a bargain. Knowing a little bit about the local bargaining language may motivate the seller give you a better price!
4. Buyao (pronounced boo-YOW)
It means "I do not want it." This phrase is particularly handy to escape from ceaseless Chinese vendors.
5. "Chi le ma/Chi le mei?"
You may hear this greeting in many conversations. This sentence means "Have you eaten?" Due to the scare food long ago, people always greeted each other with this phrase to show their concern. It is the common greeting like "How are you?" and please don't take it as a meal invitation unless the speaker asks whether you want to have a meal with him/her.
6. "Lao" and" Elderly"
It means "old". Foreigners are always called "lao wai" (literally means "old foreigner"). It is not the curse at all, in fact, it is a kind of endearment expression. The elderly in China always equal the wisdom rather than blamed as the burden. The age accumulation equals the wisdom deposit. When we learn the elderly's age, we always show our respect and wish him longevity.
7. Useful Language Resources
On the following websites are simple and handy Chinese languages or resources which may be vital for you to survive when you travel alone in China.