Celebrate Chinese New Year with the Mumsnet Guide to Mandarin

Forget the phrasebooks: this Chinese New Year we bring you the Mandarin you really need. Want to tell someone they're being unreasonable AND order gin in the most widely spoken of languages? We've translated classic MN phrases into characters, pinyin (the characters spelt out in the Latin alphabet) and phonetics. Have a go!

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Am I being unreasonable?

我是不是不可理喻?

 

Pinyin: Wo shi bushi buke liyu?

Phonetic: Waw sher boo sher boo ker lee you?



You are being unreasonable

你是不可理喻


Pinyin: Ni shi buke liyu

Phonetic: Nee sher boo ker lee you



You are not being unreasonable

你不是不可理喻


Pinyin: Ni bu shi buke liyu

Phonetic: Nee boo sher boo ker lee you



Did you mean to be so rude?

你成心这么粗鲁?


Pinyin: Ni chengxin zheme culu?

Phonetic: Nee cheng shin jer mer tsoo loo?



What's your favourite biscuit?

你最喜欢的饼干是什么?


Pinyin: Ni zui xihuan de binggan shi shenme?

Phonetic: Nee zway shee huan de binggan sher shen mer?



Nest of vipers

毒蛇的巢穴


Pinyin: Dushe de chaoxu

Phonetic: Do sher de chao shwer



Leave the bastard!

离开那个混蛋!


Pinyin: Likai nage hundan

Phonetic: Lee kye na ge hoondan



Won't somebody think of the children?

有没有人想过孩子?


Pinyin: You mei you ren xiangguo haizi

Phonetic: Yo may yo ren tsiang guor high zi



"No" is a complete sentence

不" 是一个完成的句子


Pinyin: Bu shi yi ge wancheng de juzi

Phonetic: Boo sher ee ge wancheng der jew zi



Gin

杜松子酒


Pinyin: Du song zi jiu

Phonetic: Do song zi jiew



Happy New Year!

新年快乐


Pinyin: Xin nian kuai le

Phonetic: Shin nian kwai ler



Cheers/bottoms up

干杯


Pinyin: Gan bei

Phonetic: Gan bay



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Last updated: 6 months ago