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An important part of your daily life is going to the market (市场 – shì chǎng) to buy groceries. Of course, doing this in China can be difficult if you’re not a native speaker – you can’t understand the labels, you don’t know to ask for what you want, and you find things you’ve never seen before and can’t quite identify.
To make life easier for you, and to ensure that you don’t end up just eating kung pao chicken (宫保鸡丁 – gōng bǎo jī dīng) every day, I’m going to write a short series of posts that provides tons of useful vocabulary for grocery shopping in China. For the first post, here are 25 Chinese words for vegetables (蔬菜 – shū cài):
This short video will help you with your pronunciation.