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Helpful Phrases in Chinese

Phrase Pronunciation
Good morning Tsao an ehAZO Aan
Good afternoon Wu an WOO Aan
Good evening Wan an wAn Aan
Can I help you? Wo nen hsiao lao ma? wo A nen hchsao lawo mA?
I don't speak Chinese Wo bu nen shuo woA boo nen shuoh
I will get someone who speaks Chinese Wo hui chao tao hui shuo ti jen Wo huyee chaoh taoh hyee shuoh te jen
Someone will call you Yu jen hui kei ni tien hua Yu jen huyee keye ni tien hua
Please Ching Ching
Write down your telephone number Hsich hsia ni ti tien hua hao ma Hysieh ihsiya ne thei hua hao ma
Please follow me Ching ken wo lai Ching ken wo IAi
Please wait a moment Ching teng i hsia Ching teng e hysiyeh
I am sorry Wo hen pao chien wo hen pao chien
Thank you very much Hen kan hsich hen kAn hsieyeh
It is free Mien fei mein feie
Fill out this form, please Ching tien biao ching tien biyao
What is your name? Kui hsing ta min kwui hsing tA min
What is your address? Ni chu tsai na li ne chu tchsai nA li

Capitalized letters in pronunciation column denote syllables that need to be stressed.

Prepared by Brenda Dervin, March 1989, for CORE WORKSHOP ON IMPROVING REFERENCE SERVICE TO ASIANS.

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