Chinese Vocabulary about Money

Posted by Lilian Li on 07/08/2016 8:20 PM 1300

Chinese Vocabulary about Money

Every year, billions of people come to China, either for business, study or visit. No matter what kind of objective you have, once you are in China, there’s no doubt that you deal with money everyday in your life, work or travel. So it’s time for us to get to know better about money, and everything related to it. This article will give you an overall guide!

Before we start, everybody knows that the Chinese currency is called 元yuán (or rénmínbì). And people put ‘kuài’ after the number for amount of money. But it’s far from enough to say you’ll be fine with ‘money’ in China. Now, let’s have a look at what kind of word, phrase or sentence you might be confronted with.

Part 1 Words related to money:

Coin - yìng bì 硬币 ATM - tí kuǎn jī 提款机
Tip - xiǎo fèi 小费 Wallet - qián bāo 钱包
Credit card - xìn yòng kǎ 信用卡       Receipt - fā piào 发票
Check / Cheque - zhī piào 支票 Dollar - měi yuán 美元
Cash in - xiàn jīn 现金 Bill - chāo piào 钞票
Small change - líng qián 零钱    Deposit - yā jīn 押金

Part 2 Daily situations

In this part, we will see the following situations when you need to deal with money, such as to ask for the bill, to break change or to ask for the price, etc. There are altogether 6 situations.

1. Ask for the bill:
- Hello, check please.
Pinyin: Nǐhǎo, mǎidān. 你好,买单。

2. Ask for the price:
- How much per hour?
Pinyin: yí ge xiǎoshí duōshao qián? 一个小时多少钱?
- Is it free?
Pinyin: Miǎnfèi ma? 免费吗?
- Approximately how much money?
Pinyin: Dàgài duōshao qián? 大概多少钱?

3. Break the change:
- Break (a large bill or note) into small change
Pinyin: huànchéng língqián 换成零钱
- I would like to break this hundred-dollar bill.
Pinyin: Wǒ xiǎng bǎ zhè zhāng yìbǎi měiyuán huàn chéng língqián. 我想把这张一百美元换成零钱。

4. Problem with the change:
- The change is wrong
Pinyin: zhǎo de qián bú duì. 找的钱不对。
- Do you have small change?
Pinyin: yǒu méi yǒu líng qián? 有没有零钱?

5. Collect money/ Ask for receipt:
- Collect money
Pinyin: shōu qián收钱
- Please give me receipt
Pinyin: qǐng gěi wǒ fāpiào. 请给我发票

6. Problem with money:
- I have lost my wallet
Pinyin: wǒ de qiánbāo diū le. 我的钱包丢了。
- His wallet was stolen
Pinyin: tā de qiánbāo bèi tōu le. 他的钱包被偷了。
- I don't have enough money
Pinyin: wǒde qián bú gòu. 我的钱不够。
- Worthless
Pinyin: bù zhí qián 不值钱
- Waste of money
Pinyin: làngfèi qián 浪费钱
- Worth a lot of money
Pinyin: hěn zhí qián 很值钱

7. Ask for discount:
- Do you have discount?
Pinyin: Nǐmen dǎzhé ma? 你们打折吗?
- Can you give me cheaper price?
Pinyin: Kěyǐ piànyi yīdiǎnr ma? 可以便宜一点儿吗?

Now you have already known some Chinese vocabulary about money. If you still have questions, contact us here and let our teachers help you!

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Lilian has a master’s degree in linguistics and didactics from Rennes University in France. An expert in linguistics and educational psychology, she has taught Chinese as a foreign language for several years, primarily in France. Her classes follow a logical and thorough path to ensure students build a methodology of learning that will continue to help them improve their language ability. She likes jogging, swimming, partying, and hang out with friends! Learn Chinese online with Lilian Li >>