Some Simple Sentences
In this section, I will provide some useful, simple sentences.
"My name is X"
Wo3 Jiao4 X
*Note: "X" here means the name of the person. In other words, if your name is Robert you should say:
Wo3 Jiao4 Robert.
"What time is it?"
*Note: Asking for the time without knowing numbers in Chinese is pretty much useless...
"How much is it?"
Duo1 Shao3 Qian2?
*Note: a very useful sentence. Keep in mind that, from my own experience, foreigners are sometimes charged higher prices than other Chinese. Make sure to ask other Chinese how much you should pay for an item or a service first. This will give you a good idea as to how much you should pay. Bargaining is also possible in China (although not everywhere such as in supermarkets).
"Left, right, go straight"
Zuo3 Bian1, You4 Bian1, Zhi2 Zou3
*This is especially useful when taking a cab or listening to directions.
"Where is X?"
X Zai4 Na3 Li3
Dui4 Bu4 Qi3