You can avoid potential embarrassment and frustration if you understand these important signs in Chinese. The Rocket Chinese team wants to ensure you never walk into the wrong restroom, light up in a no-smoking area, or have your car towed from a no-parking spot!
Most of the time you’ll probably only need to recognize the written Mandarin Chinese word or phrase, but we’ve included audio so you can listen to the Chinese pronunciation. This way you’ll be able to ask if something is open or closed, or more importantly, on sale!
Resources for further reading:
What does the sign on the door of the restroom say? What does “营业中” mean? You are about to find out…
Rocket Record lets you perfect your Chinese pronunciation. Just listen to the native speaker audio and then use the microphone icon to record yourself. Once you’re done, you’ll get a score out of 100 on your pronunciation and can listen to your own audio playback. (Use a headset mic for best results.) Problems? Click here!
The opening hours
When you buy food in a supermarket and don’t intend to eat it straight away it might pay to check the ‘best before date’ to avoid nasty surprises…
The best before date
Best consumed before......
Most restaurants have a smoking and a non-smoking area. Nowadays, first-tier cities like Beijing and Shanghai are beginning to ban smoking in restaurants and public areas altogether. So it is very helpful to learn what “Qǐngwù xīyān(请勿吸烟)” means.
The smoking area
The non-smoking area
Sometimes you will see big bright colored signs in nearly every store window. There must be a sale on…
The end of season sale
For more lessons on Chinese vocabulary I recommend these!
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Lin Ping: Rocket Chinese
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