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10 Awesome “How to” Chinese Posts Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Culture, Vocabulary

Learning a new language is never easy, nor is traveling or living in a country where you don’t speak the language. That’s why we’re always trying to make things easier for you when it comes to speaking Chinese and doing everyday tasks in China. From vocabulary lists, to grammar-heavy posts, to cultural tidbits, we strive to bring you a variety of content here to do just that. That includes lots of “how to” posts focused on specific subjects and tasks. Here are 10 awesome “how to” Chinese posts that will go a long way in helping you master Chinese.

1. How to Say Hello in Chinese

The most common way to say “Hello” in Chinese.

Let’s start from the beginning and learn how to say “hello” in Chinese. There’s much more to this post than just 你好. You’ll learn 15 different greetings and then practice them through a list of situations. Go ahead and check out our video on Chinese greetings while you’re at it:

2. How to Say Goodbye in Chinese

If you’re going to learn how to say “hello,” you might as well get your “goodbye” down as well. Once again, you’ll learn a variety of parting greetings in this post.

3. How to Buy Train Tickets in China

Sleepers on a Chinese train.

Ridin’ that train in China.

The rail system in China is great, allowing you to reach all corners of the massive country without breaking the bank. The thing is, you’re very unlikely to find someone who speaks English at the ticket office. No problem! Just learn how to do it in Chinese.

4. How to Order in Chinese

Don’t go hungry when traveling in China. Worse yet, don’t get stuck eating in places like McDonald’s just because you’re intimidated by the menu in the local joints. We’ve got you covered in this post that will teach you how to order like a boss in Chinese.

5. How to Order Coffee in Chinese

10 awesome "how to" Chinese posts

I want coffee!!!

Sure, China is all about the tea, but you can still find a cup of coffee quite easily. Get all the necessary vocab and read a sample conversation in this post and you’ll be able to get that iced double macchiato grande with an extra shot of espresso in Chinese.

6. How to Express Your Emotions in Chinese

It’s important to learn how to express your emotions in any language. Learn 25 useful words for doing just that in this short and easy post.

7. How to Make a Phone Call in Chinese

Even monks are on their cell phones!

Using Chinese on the phone is a great way to practice it. You won’t be as nervous as you would be speaking to someone in person, and phone calls in China are generally short and to the point. Study this post and then give your peng you a call!

8. How to Ask Questions in Chinese

This post will teach you the 5 Ws and 1 H for asking questions. You’ll also see a few examples of each to give you a better idea of how to use the words. Follow this short video to get even more practice:

9. How to Use the 把 Structure


The 把 (bǎ) structure is very common and incredibly important in Chinese. It’s also a royal pain and something everyone struggles with at some point. Take the time to study this post and learn more about it and you’ll be rewarded with a super fun post to round out the list.

10. How to Sing and Dance the “Little Apple Song”

As promised, here’s one just for fun. The “Little Apple Song” (小苹果) took the country by storm a few years ago and it can still be heard all the time. Learn how to sing and dance this catchy tune in this post. It’s not that practical, but it’s still studying Chinese at the end of the day.

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About the Author: sasha

Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.

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