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Wǒ kěyǐ ___ Ma?
我可以嗎? Can I ___? / May I ___? (insert verb)
Hǎole ma?
好了嗎? Are You Ready?(Shorter Version) Literally: Are You Alright?
Zhǔn
準 / 准 quasi (prefix) as part of complete word usually refers to something being "accurate" or "standard"
Bèi
備 prepare
Zhǔnbèi hǎole ma?
準備好了嗎? Are you Ready?
Nǐ yǒu ___ Ma?
你有...嗎? do you have ____? (insert noun)
Zhǎo
找 find, give change, discover
Wǒ zài zhǎo ___
我在找... I'm looking for _____. (Insert noun)
Nǐ kěyǐ ___ Ma?
你可以___嗎? Can you_____? (insert verb)
Méi
沒 not have, there is not, never
Wǒ hái méi zhǔnbèi hǎo
我還沒準備好 I'm not ready
Wèi
為 for, stand for
Wèishéme?
為什麼? Why?
Yīn
因 because (prefix) also means: follow, on the basis of, as a result of, reason, for
Yīnwèi
因為 Because
閉 shut
Zuǐ
嘴 mouth
bì zuǐ
閉嘴 (v.) shut up / "be quiet" ... (n.) stopper
Ān
安 quiet (prefix) -Also means: safe, secure, peace
Jìng
靜 quiet (usually a suffix) also means: still, silent
Qǐng ānjìng
請安靜 be quiet (politely)
diǎn
點 / 点 point, o'clock, drop, speck, tiny amount,
Yīdiǎn
一點 / 一点 some, a little
Màn yīdiǎn
慢一點 / 慢一点 slower (literally = slow + a little)
Shuō Màn yīdiǎn
說慢一點 / 说慢一点speak slowly
和 and, with
hàn
和 and (interchangeable pronunciation in Taiwan)
Xīn
心 heart, mind, soul, spirit
xiǎoxīn
小心 be careful
Shàng
上 on, upper, up, superior
Lùshàng
路上 on the road
Nǐ lùshàng xiǎoxīn
你路上小心 be careful on your way (used in similar way as the English phrase "take care" to say goodbye
Shì
是 is (also yes, right, correct, to be, true)
Zhè
這 / 这 this (prefix of "this")
Zhè shì
這是 / 这是 It's, this is
那 that (prefix of "that") also can mean: the, it, which
個 / 个 one (a thing)
Nàgè
那個 / 那个 that one, also can mean "which"
Zhè hěn hǎo
這很好 / 这很好 This is good.
Zhège
這個 / 这个 this one. Also can mean: so
Xiē
些 some (also may indicate plural pronoun)
Zhèxiē
這些 these ones
Nàxiē
那些 those
Jǐn
緊 / 紧 tight, firm, compact, strict
急 anxious, impatient, annoyed
Jǐnjí
緊急 / 紧急 urgent, emergency, critical
思 think, consider, long for
Bù hǎo yìsi
不好意思... excuse me (literal meaning = to be ashamed of, embarrassed, shy
Zuò
坐 sit (also place, because)
xià
下 under (also: down, below, inferior
Zuò xià
坐下 sit down
Qǐng zuò xià
請坐下 / 请坐下 please sit down
次 / 次 times (also: order, stopover, second, inferior)
Yīcì
一次 once (one time)
Yīcì cì
一次次 time & time again, over & over
Nǐ kěyǐ zàishuō yīcì ma?
你可以再說一次嗎? / 你可以再說一次嗎? Can you repeat that? (Literally: can you again say one time?)
Wǒ kěyǐ bāng nǐ ma
我可以幫你嗎 / 我可以帮你吗 May I help you?