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Language is a bridge between people. Using each the person’s language for greetings or chatting when meeting them for the first time can immediately shorten the distance between you.

Nowadays, there are more and more opportunities to encounter Chinese people in our work, study and lives, often through the Internet.

Even if you haven't planned to travel to China yet, even if you haven't planned to start studying Chinese seriously, knowing a few simple Chinese phrases or sentences can come in very handy and can help you establish new relationships quickly.

To help you, here are 50 or so of the most basic and common Chinese phrases and sentences that are frequently used in first meetings and early conversations.

Memorise them and use them flexibly, so that you will have unexpected success when meeting Chinese people for the first time and hopefully make some new friends.

Table of everyday Chinese phrases

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