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5 Most Essential Chinese Phrases

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April 28, 2018

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Ed.Chan

I sure hope I can understand the directions to the 厕所 (cèsuǒ). I am going to try this in S.F. -> Ordering a Chinese Doughnut (loved this). I hope you do more videos where you interact in Chinese. I subbed you.

April 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/austinkyto

Thank you!!

April 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/bgrry

You have almost perfect pronunciation. Did you learn your Chinese in Taiwain?

April 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/austinkyto

Thanks! I spent about 5 months of my Chinese studies in Taiwan, but other than that my teachers were mostly from near Beijing.

April 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/quadrin

Hi Austin, great video!

I'm just curious about the bathroom phrase, can't you say 洗手间在哪儿?

April 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageAmbrosia

Yes you could say "洗手间在哪儿." Both are technically grammatically correct, it just depends on which one you are more familiar with or you'd prefer using. I personally prefer "洗手间" when I tell someone where I'm going and do use "洗手间" in most cases. "I've used "厕所" once in a while, especially when I'm talking to a native Cantonese speaker since in Cantonese the equivalent for bathroom is "厕所."

April 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/bgrry

Cantonese also use "洗手间".

April 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageAmbrosia

True but most people I meet when I return back to the Guangdong region and Hong Kong use 厕所. It is more common to hear 厕所 rather than 洗手间.

April 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/austinkyto

Yeah :) There are alternatives like 卫生间 and 洗手间, but I remember being taught 厕所 first.

April 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageAmbrosia

Never used 卫生间 nor have I heard it much but 洗手间 and 厕所 can be the contenders for the most popular "format" to refer to a restroom.

April 30, 2018
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