How to say how do you say…? in Chinese: ...Zěnme Shuō?

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…Zěnme Shuō?

Learning Chinese for travel or study? Let’s try this term:

To say how do you say…? in Chinese: ...Zěnme Shuō?
Say it out loud: “...Dze Me Shwo?

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Some more helpful words in our Chinese Courtesy/Questions category:

...the bathroom – Xǐshǒujiān  (She Show Jyen)
come with me – Gēn Wǒ Lái  (Gun Wo Lai)
do you speak english? – Nǐ Huì Shuō Yīngwén Ma  (Nee Hway Shwo Ing Wen Ma)
excellent – Tǐng Hǎo  (Ting Hao)
excuse me – Dǎrǎo Yīxià  (Da Rao Ee Shya)
excuse me (to get past) – Qǐng Ràng Yīxià  (Ching Rang Ee Shya)
good / bad – Hǎo / Bùhǎo  (Hao / Boo Hao)
how do you say…? – ...Zěnme Shuō?  (...Dze Me Shwo?)
how much is this? – Zhègè Duōshǎo Qián?  (Jay Guh Dwo Shao Chyen?)
may I? (point at chair, door) – Kěyǐ Ma?  (Kuh Ee Ma?)
maybe – Yǒu Kěnéng  (Yo Kuh Nuhng)
no problem – Méi Shì  (May Shr)
please – Qǐng  (Ching)
sorry – Duìbuqǐ  (Dway Boo Chee)
thank you – Xièxiè!  (Shiye Shiye!)
thanks – Xiè Lā!  (Shiye La!)
what is that? – Nà Shì Shénme?  (Na Shr Shuh Muh?)
where is… – ...Zài Nǎ'r?  (...Dzai Nar?)
yes / no – Shì Búshì / Bùshì  (Shr / Boo Shr)
you are welcome – Búkèqì  (Boo Kuh Chee)

And here’s how to say how do you say…? in other languages!

Arabic–Kayf Akool?  (kayf A kool?)
Chinese–...Zěnme Shuō?  (...Dze Me Shwo?)
Croatian–kako se kaže?  (kah koe say kah zhay?)
Czech–jak to říkáte?  (yahk to zhee KAH tay?)
Finnish–miten sanotaan…?  (mi ten son oh taan)
French–Comment dit-on  (kuh mahn dee thahn)
German–wie sagt man…  (vee zahgt mahn…)
Italian–come si dice?  (koh meh say dee chay)
Japanese–…Ha Dou Iimasuka?  (…Wah Dough Ee Mass Kah?)
Korean–…Ga Mwoyeyo?  (…Ga Mo Ae Yo?)
Polish–Jak mówisz  (Yahk moo' veesh?)
Portuguese–Como Se Diz...?  (ko mo see jeez…?)
Russian–kak skazat'...?  (kak skah zaht…?)
Spanish–¿cómo se dice?  (coe moe say dee say?)
Swahili–jinsi ya kusema?  (jeen see ya koo say muh?)
Thai–… Phut Yang Ngai  (… POOT yahng ngai?)
Turkish–nasil denilir?  (nah seal din uh leer?)
Vietnamese–Bạn Nói Như Thế Nào …  (Ban Noy New Te Now)

When you require to ask how to pronounce a word from your language to the natives language, you can use the phrase ""how do you say…?" (...Zěnme Shuō?)" to ask this question. This phrase plus the word in mind you want to have interpreted is a complete asking sentence, e.g you may ask a native, "excuse me, "how do you say…?" (...Zěnme Shuō?) Good morning in your language?" Get instant access to the Chinese Language Set.

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Fred Bane
Biography: Fred Bane is a media producer and translator living in Nanjing China. Since graduating with a BA in International Relations from American University in 2007, Fred has lived in Vietnam and then China, where he received a Masters in Ethnography from Nanjing University in 2012. Fred currently works for a non-profit organization involved in education and cultural exchange, and moonlights as a Chinese-English medical translator.
Born: Portland, Oregon, USA
Location: Nanjing, China
Website : Ameson Education and Culture Exchange Foundation

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