8 Mandarin Phrases You Will Probably Never Need

Posted by Charlie @ Discovering Mandarin Friday, 2 October 2009
Whilst learning a new language, we are guided through lessons created by other people for those of us that are learning. Often we learn phrases that we will never say again, but that helps us gain extra vocabulary. I thought I would make things interesting, by helping to teach 8 Mandarin phrases that every Chinese learner will probably never ever need.

Here are 8 Mandarin Phrases
You Will Probably Never Need

1. 这些袜子将作为耳罩.
zhè xiē wàzi jiāng zuòwéi ěr zhào.
These socks will work as ear muffs.

2. 停止用筷子敲打我的脸.
tíngzhǐ yòng kuàizi qiāodǎ wǒ de liǎn .
Stop drumming on my face with chopsticks.

3. 我跳舞的时候你可以照顾我的猫五分钟吗?
wǒ tiàowǔ de shíhou nǐ kěyǐ zhàogu wǒ de māo wǔ fēnzhōng ma?
Please can you look after my cat for five minutes whilst I dance?

4. 对不起,你的身体好像扭成一个结.
duìbuqǐ, nǐ de shēntǐ hǎoxiàng niǔ chéng yī ge jié.
Excuse me, your body seems to be tied like a knot

wèishénme nǐ xiédài yī kē shù ?
Why are you carrying a tree?

6. 有一只水母在我的头上
yǒu yī zhǐ shuǐmǔ zài wǒ de tóu shàng
I have a jellyfish on my head.

(not to be confused with a popular hairstyle - 头顶水母)

néng gàosu wǒnǐde mìmǎ ma?
Can I have your PIN Number please?

and finally here is one for our time travelling friends:

xiànzài shì nǎ yī nián?
What year is this?

I would love to hear some more irrelavant and interesting Mandarin phrases that we will never need. Please feel free to leave some in the comments below.

Thanks to @jacksaidwhat for the inspiration.
& to @GraceLee0806 , @veggieinlove & @puerhan for the translation help.

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  1. Greg Says:
  2. Great idea. And of course the all-time classic ...

    My hovercraft is full of eels.
    我的 气垫船 充满 了 鳗鱼
    wǒ​de qì​diàn​chuán chōng​mǎn le mán​yú

    Mandarin Segments

  3. Puerhan Says:
  4. You're welcome - actually translation help was from @veggieinlove more than me!

  5. I suggest you correct the pinyin for number 3!

  6. @Greg

    Thanks for dropping by again. Was inspired by my housemate and was exciting to put together.

    @Puerhan & @veggieinlove thanks ever so much for your help.

    @Boyd thank you for pointing that out. Was one of my messier drafts and had gotten mixed up. I have now corrected it.

  7. Puerhan Says:
  8. 第六号的照片不是章鱼在他的头上吗? ;-)
    dì liù hào de zhàopiàn bù shì zhāngyú zài tā de tóu shàng ma?

  9. 是的,是第六照片是章鱼不是一只水母
    shì de, shì dì liù zhàopiàn shì zhāngyú bù shì yī zhǐ shuǐmǔ

  10. shun Says:
  11. yes, they are useful to learn chinese . Thanks for sharing the post.

  12. Shun,

    Thanks for dropping by, I would love to hear more about Chinese sphere, give me an email.



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