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Asking Questions in Chinese Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

Learn how to ask questions in Chinese – using who, what, where, when, why, and how – in this short video. Study the examples for each question word and practice at home!

Question time.

Question time.

他是谁?tā shì shuí

Who is he?

谁想去? shuí xiǎng qù

Who wants to go?

你的老师是谁? nǐ de lǎo shī shì shuí

Who is your teacher?

这是什么zhè shì shén me

What’s this?

她叫什么名字? tā jiào shén me míng zì

What’s her name?

你想吃什么nǐ xiǎng chī shén me

What would you like to eat?

卫生间在哪? wèi shēng jiān zài nǎ

Where’s the bathroom?

你住在哪里nǐ zhù zài nǎ lǐ

Where do you live?

去哪儿qù nǎ’er

Where to?

你什么时候上班nǐ shén me shí hòu shàng bān

When do you start work?

我们什么时候走wǒ men shén me shí hòu zǒu

When are we going?

你们什么时候关门nǐ men shén me shí hòu guān mén

When do you close?

你为什么来中国nǐ wèi shén me lái zhōng guó

Why did you come to China?

这个为什么那么贵zhè ge wèi shén me nà me guì

Why is this so expensive?

他为什么不去tā wèi shén me bù qù

Why isn’t he going?

怎么去地铁站zěn me qù dì tiě zhàn

How do you get to the subway station?

怎么了zěn me le

What’s up?/What’s going on?

你怎么知道她nǐ zěn me zhī dào tā

How do you know her?

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About the Author:sasha

Sasha is a teacher, student, writer, photographer, web designer, 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 planning a trip through Central/South America.


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