How to say maybe in Chinese: Yǒu Kěnéng

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How to say maybe in Chinese: Yǒu Kěnéng

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

To say maybe in Chinese: Yǒu Kěnéng
Say it out loud: “Yo Kuh Nuhng

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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 maybe in other languages!

Arabic–Robbama  (rob ba ma)
Chinese–Yǒu Kěnéng  (Yo Kuh Nuhng)
Croatian–možda  (moash duh)
Czech–možná  (moez nahh)
Finnish–ehkä  (eh kah)
French–Peut-être  (puh tet huh)
German–vielleicht  (vill eyesht)
Italian–forse  (for seh)
Japanese–Tabunn  (Tah Bunn)
Korean–Amado  (Ah Ma Do)
Polish–może  (mo' zheh)
Portuguese–Pode Ser  (po jee sehr)
Russian–mozhet byt'  (moh zhet byt)
Spanish–tal vez  (tahl vays)
Swahili–pengine  (pen gee' nay)
Thai–Na Cha Dai  (NAH ja DAI)
Turkish–belki  (bell kee)
Vietnamese–Có Thể  (Caw Te)

In every culture, courtesy goes a long way in eliciting the help that you need in your travel adventure. "maybe" (Yǒu Kěnéng) is another courtesy phrase among many that you can learn in Chinese.

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Contributor

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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