How to say tip in Chinese: Xiǎofèi

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How to say tip in Chinese: Xiǎofèi

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

To say tip in Chinese: Xiǎofèi
Say it out loud: “Shyao Fay

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Some more helpful words in our Chinese Dining Basics category:

beer / wine – Píjiǔ / Pútáojiǔ  (Pee Jyo / Poo Tao Jyo)
beverage – Yǐnliào  (Een Lyao)
business hours – Yíngyè Shíjiān  (Ing Yay Shr Jyen)
casual restaurant – Fànguǎn  (Fan Gwan)
check – Mǎi Dān  (Mai Dan)
coffee / tea – Kāfēi /Chá  (Ka Fay / Cha)
grocery store – Chāoshì  (Chao Shr)
marketplace – Shìchǎng  (Shr Chang)
menu – Càidān  (Tsai Dan)
service charge – Fúwù Fèi  (Foo Woo Fay)
table for two – Liǎng Wèi  (Lyang Way)
tip – Xiǎofèi  (Shyao Fay)
water – Shuǐ  (Shway)

And here’s how to say tip in other languages!

Arabic–Baqsheesh/Tips  (Bak sheesh / tips)
Chinese–Xiǎofèi  (Shyao Fay)
Croatian–napojnica  (nah poe neet suh)
Czech–spropitné  (spro pit NAHH)
Finnish–tippi  (tip pe)
French–Un pourboire  (ahn poor bwah)
German–trinkgeld  (trink geld)
Italian–il servizio  (ill sur veet' zee oh)
Japanese–Chippu  (Chi' Ppu)
Korean–Tip  (Tip)
Polish–napiwek  (na pee' veck)
Portuguese–Gorjeta  (gohr zhe tah)
Russian–chayevye  (che ye vye)
Spanish–propina  (prō pee nuh)
Swahili–bakshishi  (bahk shee shee)
Thai–Thip  (tip)
Turkish–bahşiş  (bah shish)
Vietnamese–Típ  (Teep)

Giving a "tip" (Xiǎofèi) in some cultures like Chinese is not necessarily required, but is considered polite, especially when you receive great service, not necessarily in a restaurant, but also in your travel or shopping. 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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