Questions in Chinese

After this free audio lesson you’ll feel more confident asking and answering questions in Chinese. Let’s say someone asks for personal information - how do you reply? It’s useful to be able to talk about yourself when you’re getting to know new people, speaking to an official person or filling out a form. Whatever the situation, the Rocket Chinese team is here to make it easier for you.
 
Perhaps you’re booking into a hotel, or going for an interview. You’ll probably be asked some basic personal questions in Chinese like “what is your nationality?” “what is your telephone number?” or “what is your date of birth?”
These are all useful things to be able to talk about for everyday conversations as well.

Pronouncing questions in Chinese

Let’s go through some of the most common questions you might be asked, whether you’re filling out a registration form in a hotel or at the consulate getting a new passport. In these situations, you’ll be addressed with “nín (您)” — “you.” So, though you have seen some of these questions before, all the questions below are expressed formally.

Chinese visa - immigration questions

Chinese question words

Responding to Chinese questions

When you’re responding, you can follow one of the simple formats below. Just insert the appropriate information in the brackets. When you talk about your date of birth, you have to do so from year to month to date. For example: “wǒ de chū shēng rì qī shì nián yuè rì (我 的 出 生 日 期 是1984 年4 月5 日 。)” (05.04.1984).

Filling out forms in Chinese

If you find yourself being asked to fill out forms with your personal details, you won’t get the complete questions that you’ve studied above. Instead, you’ll get short words or phrases.

 
Chinese:
English:
Example:
xìngmíng (姓名)
Name
lín píng (林萍)
guójí (国籍)
Nationality
zhōngguó (中国)
xìngbié (性别)
Gender
nǚ 女 (female)
niánlíng (年龄)
Age
24
chūshēng rìqī (出生日期)
Date of birth
1982.06.07
dìzhǐ (地址)
Address
guānghuá lù shí hào (光华路10号)
diànhuà hàomǎ (电话号码)
Telephone number
0086-555-555
shǒujī hàomǎ (手机号码)
Mobile number
139-555-555
hùzhào hàomǎ (护照号码)
Passport number
1111111
 
 
 
 

Find out all about asking Chinese questions in this series of lessons. Make sure you listen to the audio and practice your Chinese pronunciation. And do the Chinese tests at the end of each lesson to reinforce your knowledge of Chinese questions!

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