7 Useful Chinese Phrases for Chinese Language Student

by | Sep 1, 2023

7 phrases for Student

As the new semester in China officially kicks off on September 1st, there’s no better time to equip yourself useful Chinese phrases for student.

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This week, learn 7 useful phrases you might need when attend a Chinese language class.

Read an article, learn how to say “Hello” in Chinese, and use these greeting phrases when meeting someone — your Chinese teacher, for example.

7 Useful Phrases for Chinese Language Student

01. I’m ready to start a class

As a class is about to start, you can use this phrase to inform your teacher that you are prepared:

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Wǒ zhǔnbèi hǎo shàng kè le.
I am ready to start a class.

The structure “准备好 + Verb/Action” is used to indicate that the subject has completed the necessary preparations for the mentioned action. 好 (hǎo) here adds the nuance of being “well” or “properly” prepared, emphasizing a state of readiness.

02. Can you speak a little slower?

If you find the need for the teacher to speak a little slower, you can employ the following expression:

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Qǐng shuō màn yīdiǎn.
Please, speak a little slower.

Adding “一点” helps to make the request more polite, as it indicates that you’re not demanding a significant change in speed.

03. Could you repeat, please?

If you didn’t catch or understand clearly the first time, you can politely ask a teacher to say one more time:

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Qǐng zài shuō yí biàn.
Could you repeat, please?

This phrase literally translates as “please-again-speak-once”. Use it when you wish for someone to repeat what they’ve just spoken.

一遍 (yí biàn) signifies “once” or “one time”, and is used to indicate the frequency or repetition of an action. It’s often paired with verbs to quantify how many times an action has been done. Here are a few more examples of its usage:

Tīng yí biàn.
Listen once.

Liànxí yí biàn.
Practice once.

04. Could you give me an example?

The most effective approach for learning new vocabulary is to employ it within real-life contexts. If you want to know how to use a new word in real life, you can ask:

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Nǐ kěyǐ gěi wǒ yí gè lì zi ma?
Could you give me an example?

05. I have a question / I don’t have any questions

During the class, if you have any questions for the teacher, you can say:

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Wǒ yǒu yí gè wèntí.
I have a question.

If the content of the class is clear to you and you have no questions, let a teacher know it by saying:

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Wǒ méi yǒu wèntí.
I don’t have any questions.

06. What does this word mean?

While learning Chinese, you’ll encounter a realm of new vocabulary. If you’ve learned a new word but don’t clearly understand the meaning, you can ask a teacher:

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老师, XX是什么意思?
Lǎoshī, XX shì shénme yìsi?
Teacher, what does XX mean?

什么意思 (shénme yìsi) is a common phrase that translates to “What does it mean?” or “What’s the meaning?” It’s a straightforward way to inquire about the meaning of something in conversation.

07. I understand now. Thanks!

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Wǒ míngbai le. Xièxie!
I understand now. Thanks!

明白 (míngbai) means “to understand”, “to get (the meaning)”.

Take It Further

Remember to incorporate these phrases into your practice and make the most out of them. Wishing you the best of luck in your Chinese learning journey – keep up the dedicated practice!

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