Time for another Wednesday-Quicky, which was supposed to go live yesterday, but my lovely Internet just didn’t want to cooperate with me…
When I am talking with people about China, I often hear: “Well I would like to visit, but because of the language and the writing I am to scared to try.”
No need to be scared really…a lot changed these last years, especially because of the Olympic Games. In Shanghai and Beijing you are going to have a hard time not to find your way around…almost everything will be written in Chinese and English and Street Names are always also written in Pinyin (western letters).
But if you are traveling to less touristy places (which I really recommend, because there you will see the “real” China), then you are going to maybe need a couple of characters.
Here I wrote down the (in my opinion) most important signs…print them out if you want to and just show them to the Hotel Staff or any Chinese Person…I am sure they will help you to find your way 😉
You really want to know this one…Nü stands for woman and Nan for men…So when you are looking for the right restroom, this helps you not to walk into the wrong one 😉
Talking about Restrooms, this is the name for toilet…so if you have to pee look out for this, or show somebody the sign 😉
So great you figured out how to find the toilet at the airport 😉 Now you are looking at your train ticket.. “dian” is the sign for time…numbers and that sign, tell you when your train will leave =)
Time issue is solved but geez is that ticket for the right time? Well “ri” means day…so the number before that sign will tell you the day your train leaves 😉
So we figured out what the character for day is? Now you just need the one for month, which is “yue”
So said you have a train ticket? Well to get it look for this signs, which mean ticket-station =)
Well so you took the train and now you noticed you forgot your toothbrush (happens to me all the time-.-) So where to get a new one? Well at the supermarket “chao shi” , here you will find all you need^^
Ohh look at that, the fruit is on sale^^” Jin” is the sign for 1/2kg…this way you can figure out the prices for your fruits easily^^
After all that shopping you are getting hungry? “fandian” is often used for restaurant =)
Remember the character “fan”? This actually mean Rice, so when you are looking at the menu, this character states that is is a rice dish…”mian” on the other hand is the character for noodles ^^
Now I do know not all of you like Meat…”rou” is the sign for meat…if just this character is used, it usually will be pork…for special meat types another character will be put before “rou”, for example the Nürou” means Beef…so all the Moslems out there, this is a dish you will be allowed to eat…otherwise I didn’t draw chicken, but chicken actually even looks a tad like a chicken…you will recognize it…by the way if it is really expensive it is usually something strange xD
Another thing is that many people don’t like fish “yu” and if it is combined with “tang” which means soup, be prepared for a fish head swimming in your bowl…that is a rather common dish in China…so mian from before + tang = noodle soup…easy isn’t it? 😉
You can’t handle spicy? Look out for “la”, if this is actually added to a dish, it is going to be hot, very hot…so better be prepared ^^
The food was too spicy? Your stomach is sensible? Or you hurt yourself…my last sing for you, you better go to the”yiyuan”, the hospital =/
I know these are just a couple of signs, but these really were all I needed while traveling in China for 3 weeks some years ago…I do know now a lot more, but these are a good start.
I am sorry about the bad quality of the pictures, I have to confess I was drawing these during my lessons for you =D
I am currently making a list with the most useful phrases, where I will explain some language basics, here I have to be honest I didn’t really give much on proper pronunciation, on the pictures you can see the right tones 😉
And I will be adding new sign posts with more specific topics over the next couple months!
That is all for today, time for me to go to sleep^^
Hope that it helped at least a bit and I am sorry for the unprofessional layout this time, really stressful time at the moment, I have to study quite a bit =/
Anyway have a nice day and happy traveling 😉