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10 Chinese phrases to get you through the summer

Beat the heat with these helpful Mandarin phrases


There’s lots to love about summer in Beijing. Use these helpful sentences to beat the heat and have yourself a comfortable xiàtiān (that means summer – and you just passed lesson one).

Around town

It's hot in here. Can you please turn up the air conditioning?
屋里很热,麻烦您把空调温度调低一些。
Wūlǐ hěnrè, máfánnínbǎ kōngtiáowēndù tiáodīyīxiē

Can I have some ice for my drink? But only if it's filtered water!
请给我的饮品加些纯净水冰块。
Qǐnggěi wǒde yǐnpǐn jiāxiē chúnjìngshuǐ bīngkuài

Can we have a table in the shade?
麻烦您给我们安排一个遮阳的桌子。
Máfánnín gěiwǒmén ānpái yígè zhēyángde zhuōzi

Can you close the door? I have bad allergies today.
麻烦您关上门可以吗?我今天的过敏反应很严重。
Máfánnín guānshàngmén kěyǐ ma? Wǒ jīntiān de guómǐnfǎnyìng hěnyánzhóng

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In the pharmacy

Speaking of allergies...where I can I buy some allergy pills?
请问哪里可以买到抗过敏的药片?
Qǐngwèn nǎlǐ kěyǐ mǎidào kàngguòmǐn de yàopiàn

Where can I find the sunscreen?
请问有防晒霜吗?
Qǐngwènyǒu fángshaìshuāng ma?

Do you have any mosquito spray?
请问有驱蚊喷雾吗?
Qǐngwènyǒu qǖwénpēnwù ma

On holiday

Driver, please take me to the airport.
司机师傅,请送我去机场。
Sījīshīfù, qǐngsóngwǒqù jīchǎng

Wait, turn around! I forgot my passport.
等一下,请转过来!我忘记带护照。
Děngyīxià,qǐngzhuǎnguòlái!wǒ wàngjì dài hùzhào

Can you please take our photo?
你可以帮我们照相吗?
Nǐ kěyǐ bāng wǒmen zhàoxiàng mɑ

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Now that you're all set, it's time to get started planning your summer to-do list.

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