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The following table contains some of the most important basic Chinese words and phrases. The English meaning, intuitive English pronunciation, pinyin and the Chinese characters are included. Some entries have audio files in the right column to click and play.

There are some words and sentences that can be pronounced by the phonetic English. Although there are some differences between the pronunciations, most Chinese people can still understand what you mean.

EnglishPronouncedPinyinChinesemp3
HelloNee haowwni3hao3你好 
How are you?Nee haoww mah?ni3hao3 ma你好吗 
Good/okHaowwhao3 
Not goodBoo haowwbu4hao3不好 
Have you eaten?Nee chrr luh mah?ni3 chi1 le ma你吃了吗 
I've eaten.Wor chrr luhwo3 chi1 le我吃了 
I've not eaten yet.Wor hi may chrrwo3 hai2 mei2 chi1我还没吃 
Good morningDzaoww-shung haowwzao3shanghao3早上好 
Good afternoonSshyah-woo haowwxia4wu3 hao3下午好 
Good eveningWan-shung haowwwan3shang hao3晚上好 
Bye-bye.Bye-byebai4bai4拜拜 
See you later.Dzeye jyenzai4 jian4再见Click to listen the Audio  Files
What is your surname? (formal)Neen gway sshing?nin2 gui4 xing4 ?您贵姓?Click to listen the Audio  Files
My surname is ...Wor sshing ...wo3 xing4 ……我姓…… 
What's your name? (informal)Nee jyaoww shnn-muh ming-zuh?ni3 jiao4 shen2me ming2zi ?你叫什么名字? 
I'm called ...Wor jyaoww ...wo3 jiao4 ……我叫…… 
Do you want ...?Yaoww-boo-yaowwyao4bu yao4 ……?要不要……? 
I want ...Wor yaoww ...wo3 yao4 ……我要……Click to listen the Audio  Files
I don't want ...Wor bu yaoww ...wo3 bu4yao4 ……我不要……Click to listen the Audio  Files
I want to go to...Wor yaoww chyoo...wo3 yao4 qu4 ……我要去…… 
I want to go to the toilet.Wor yaoww chyoo tser-swor.wo3 yao4 qu4 ce4suo3 。我要去厕所。Click to listen the Audio  Files
Where is ...?... dzeye nah-lee?……zai4 na4li ?……在那里? 
Where is the bathroom?Sshee shoh jyen dzeye nah-lee?xi3 shou3 jian1 zai4 na4li ?洗手间在那里? 
I'm hungry.Wor urr luhwo3 er3 le我饿了 
I'm thirsty.Wor ker luhwo3 ke3 le我渴了 
I'm tired.Wor lay luhwo3 lei4 le我累了 
What is this?Jer shrr shnn-muh?zhe4 shi4 shen2me ?这是什么? 
This is ...Jer shrr ...zhe4 shi4 ……这是…… 
I like...Wor sshee-hwan...wo3 xi3huan ……我喜欢…… 
I don't like ...Wor boo-sshee-hwan ...wo3 bu4xi3huan ……我不喜欢…… 
Please help me.Ching bung-joo worqing3 bang1zhu4 wo3请帮助我 
HaveYohyou3 
Don't haveMay-yohmei2you3没有 
I have...Wor yoh...wo3 you3 ……我有…… 
Do you have...?Yoh-may-yoh...?you3 mei2you3 ……有没有……Click to listen the Audio  Files
YesShrrshi4Click to listen the Audio  Files
NoBoo-shrrbu2shi4不是Click to listen the Audio  Files
Right/correctDwaydui4Click to listen the Audio  Files
Wrong/incorrectBoo-dwaybu4dui4不对Click to listen the Audio  Files
No, thanksBoo-yong luh, sshyeahbu4yong4 le ,xie4不用了,谢Click to listen the Audio  Files
Thank youSshyeah-sshyeahxie4xie谢谢Click to listen the Audio  Files
You are welcomeBoo-yong sshyeahbu4yong4xie4不用谢Click to listen the Audio  Files
Excuse me/sorryDway-boo-cheedui4buqi3对不起Click to listen the Audio  Files
I don't understandWor ting boo-dongwo3 ting1 bu4dong3我听不懂Click to listen the Audio  Files
1Eeyi1 
2Urrer4 
3Sansan1 
3 yuan/RMB (formal)San ywensan1 yuan2三元 
3 yuan/RMB (informal)San kwhysan1 kuai4三块 
4Srrsi4 
5Woowu3 
6Lyohliu4 
7Cheeqi1 
8Bahba1 
9Jyohjiu3 
10Shrrshi2 
11Shrr-eeshi2yi1十一 
20Urr-shrrer4shi2二十 
23Urr-shrr-saner4shi2san1二十三 
100Ee-byeyi1bai3一百 
125Ee-bye-urr-shrr-wooyi1bai3er4shi2wu3一百二十五 
How much money (does it cost)?Dwor-sshaoww chyenduo1shao3 qian2多少前Click to listen the Audio  Files
Too expensiveTie gway luhtai4 gui4 le太贵了Click to listen the Audio  Files
How long (time)?Dwor jyoh?duo1 jiu3多久Click to listen the Audio  Files
One hour (hour)Ee-guh sshyaoww-shrr (jong-toh)yi1ge4 xiao3shi2 (zhong1tou2 )一个小时(钟头) 
2 hoursLyang (urr) guh sshyaoww-shrrliang3 (er4 )ge4 xiao3shi2两(二)个小时 
30 minutesSan-shrr fnn-jongsan1shi2 fen1zhong1三十分钟 
What time? / What's the time?Jee-dyen jongji1dian3 zhong4几点种 
07:00Ling-chee dyen jongling2qi1dian3 zhong4零七点种 
14:30Shrr-srr dyen san-shrrshi2si4dian3san1shi2十四点三十 
English
Chinese Character / Pinyin
Phonetic English
Audio Files
Directions
Stop!stoptingClick to listen the Audio  Files
Turn leftleftzawClick to listen the Audio  Files
Turn rightrightyoClick to listen the Audio  Files
Go straightfrowardchee'anClick to listen the Audio  Files
HerehereJur leeClick to listen the Audio  Files
At the restaurant
ChopstickChopstickkwhy zaClick to listen the Audio  Files
KnifeKnife dowClick to listen the Audio  Files
ForkFork char zClick to listen the Audio  Files
SpoonSpoon sheow zClick to listen the Audio  Files
WaterWater shwayClick to listen the Audio  Files
CokeCokekur laClick to listen the Audio  Files
BillBill my danClick to listen the Audio  Files
Pronouns
I / MeI / Me woreClick to listen the Audio  Files
YouYoukneeClick to listen the Audio  Files
He / She / ItHe / She / It tarClick to listen the Audio  Files
Figures of speech
That's goodThat's good howClick to listen the Audio  Files
That's not goodThat's not good boo howClick to listen the Audio  Files
It was niceIt was nice hun howClick to listen the Audio  Files

There are some words and sentences that can be pronounced by the phonetic English. Although there are some differences between the pronunciations, most Chinese people can still understand what you mean.

English
Chinese Character / Pinyin
Phonetic English
Audio Files
Directions
11
e
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22
r
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33
san
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44
sz
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55
oo
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66
leo
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77
chee
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88
bah
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99
jeo
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1010
shr
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1111
shr e
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1212
shr r
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1313shr sanClick to listen the Audio  Files
1414
shr sz
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2020
r shr
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3030
san shr
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100100
ee bye
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1,0001000
ee chee an
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10,00010,000
ee wan
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