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Basic Chinese Phrases - Shopping and Bargaining
I want _____ Wǒ yào........ 我要.......
When looking for something in particular, you can just say wǒ yào and the thing that you want or need. This useful phrase can be used in just about any case that you want or need something. Some things you might want when shopping might be:
Clothes Yī fu
Too Expensive! Tài guì le 太贵了!
Used when you ask for the price of a T-shirt and the sales clerk says 500 RMB! Your telling them it's way too expensive.
Very Expensive Hěn guì 很贵
When bargaining at the shops, hěn guì , is the best term to use when driving a hard bargain.
A little cheaper please Pián yi yī diǎn 便宜一点
Normally, if the prices are not listed displayed by the product, then you should bargain with sales staff at stores. When asking for a cheaper price, you should say Pián yi yī diǎn. They sales staff may shake their head or complain, but this is the process of bargaining. If you don't bargain, you may be paying as much as ten or more times the normal price. Be sure to know what you should pay and ask for a lower price.
Thank You xiè xie 谢谢
Saying Thank you is another basic and polite term that is easy to remember and use.
Very Good Hěn hǎo 很好
This is useful when giving praise for a job or task well done.
This is beautiful Hěn piào liang 很漂亮
Use this phrase to praise something that is nice or beautiful. May also be used when meeting a pretty girl too!
No Good Bù hǎo 不好
This is useful when there is a need to comment on a shoddy or incomplete job or task. Can also be used as a reply to Nǐ hǎo ma but may not be such a good reply. Q: Nǐ hǎo ma? (How are you?) A: Bù hǎo (No Good)
Don't want or No Bù yào 不要
This is the best term to use for touts - street hawkers who approach you at every tourist stop to ask you to buy things.
Bù yào ....will stop them in their track.
Receipt Fā piào 发票
Always ask for the receipt or Fā piào at the shops or from a taxi. This may be useful if you need to complain about a fraud or shoddy product. Also useful if you leave behind your bag or camera in the taxi. I don't want Wo Bu Yao. Useful when refusing a tout or when offered a drink too many at the Dinner table.
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