Mandarin Chinese: 75 Core Words

drawer full of papers with mandarin chinese characters

Use these core words to create your first simple sentences in Mandarin Chinese. Read the word, the translation and see the example sentences to see how the words are used. Have fun!

Hint: The marks above the vowels in the Pinyin denote the tones of each word. These are important and can change the meaning of the word if pronounced differently. To hear how these tones sound and practice them, check out this video by Harbin Mandarin here.

Social Words

yes 是(的) shì (de)

no/not 不 bù

thank you 谢谢 xiè xiè

please 请 qǐng

hello 你好 nǐ hǎo

good-bye 再见 zài jiàn


I/me 我 wǒ

my 我的 wǒde