Celebrate Chinese New Year with the Mumsnet guide to Mandarin

chinese lanterns

Forget the phrasebooks: this Chinese New Year (Friday 16 February) we're bringing you the Mandarin you really need. Whether you want to tell someone they're being unreasonable or you're in the mood for gin, we've translated classic Mumsnet phrases into characters, pinyin (Chinese phrases spelt out in the Latin alphabet) and phonetics. Have a go!

Am I being unreasonable?
我是不是不可理喻?

chinese dragon

Pinyin: Wo shi bushi buke liyu?

Pronunciation: Waw sher boo sher boo ker lee you?

You are being unreasonable
你是不可理喻

mulan

Pinyin: Ni shi buke liyu

Pronunciation: Nee sher boo ker lee you

You are not being unreasonable
你不是不可理喻

cats waving

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?

shocked child

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?

fortune cookies

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

mulan

Pinyin: Dushe de chaoxu

Phonetic: Do sher de chao shwer

Leave the bastard!
离开那个混蛋!

angry statue

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?

chinese children

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

no

Pinyin: Bu shi yi ge wancheng de juzi

Phonetic: Boo sher ee ge wancheng der jew zi

Gin
杜松子酒

gin

Pinyin: Du song zi jiu

Phonetic: Do song zi jiew

Happy New Year!
新年快乐

chinese lanterns

Pinyin: Xin nian kuai le

Phonetic: Shin nian kwai ler

Cheers/bottoms up
干杯

chinese food

Pinyin: Gan bei

Phonetic: Gan bay