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where is the bathroom ?

John-S6 June 5, 2012, 4:11 am
if you ask for the bathroom in China, "xishoujian zai na ma" they will think you are asking to shower ! and it is pronounced " xizaojian" ! If you need to use the toilet, ask for the toilet, ce suo zai na ma.
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barryh June 21, 2012, 4:48 am
That is true but depending on which part of China and whether it is a village or an airport.
I have just returned from a few weeks in Zhongshan (southern China) where there is a mix of Cantonese and Mandarin. Most can speak both. I was staying with friends who speak no English and when exploring the city on my own found that it is then one is rewarded for the time and effort applied to chinese learning. So, for those just starting out...you will go through highs and lows but stick with it.
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Oggiedoggy May 4, 2013, 7:25 am
Strange they'd say that. It literally means "washing hands room".

Side note: you don't need the MA when you are asking a WH question (where, when, why, etc).
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Gavin-H4 May 23, 2013, 3:00 am
In my experience I ask, WC? Never fails!
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nget-phoumen June 3, 2013, 8:03 am
i just to study chines with u i wonder the world i want to call u when i free time
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Robert-C7 June 3, 2013, 6:01 pm
I think it might be this:

Wǒ yǒu kòng de shíhou zài gěi nǐ dǎ diànhuà.
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nget-phoumen June 4, 2013, 3:57 am
thank for answer but i want have question i want to work at university about Agriculture in Chinese
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Robert-C7 June 4, 2013, 4:34 am
University = Dàxué (大学)
Agriculture = nóngyè (农业)

So I am guessing that studying agriculture at university is

Dàxué nóngyè
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nget-phoumen1 June 6, 2013, 10:26 am
hi! teacher thank for ur answer i know about the world WC,Oyster mushroom in the further
i want to open own farmer that oyster mushroom and vegetable.
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Alan-R-G June 14, 2013, 2:27 pm
The word for toilet is ce suo
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Robert-C7 June 15, 2013, 12:42 am
From my readings, cèsuǒ (厕所) is the more explicit way of referring to toilets. The word mǎtǒng (马桶) refers to the actual toilet bowl, i.e. commode. Hotels and restaurants will call it either xǐshǒujiān or guànxǐshì.
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Lin-Ping November 9, 2013, 3:10 pm

Yes, the most common way of asking for the toilet is saying: 洗手间在哪儿?You may also say 厕所在哪儿 but it is preferred that you say 洗手间. It is not that 厕所 is rude but it is just more discrete to say 洗手间.

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- Lin Ping
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