How to say yes / no in Chinese: Shì Búshì / Bùshì

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How to say yes / no in Chinese: Shì Búshì / Bùshì

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

To say yes / no in Chinese: Shì Búshì / Bùshì
Say it out loud: “Shr / Boo Shr

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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 yes / no in other languages!

Arabic–Na'am / La  (na ham / la)
Chinese–Shì Búshì / Bùshì  (Shr / Boo Shr)
Croatian–da / ne  (dah / nay)
Czech–Ano / ne  (AH no / nay)
Finnish–kyllä / ei  (kil lah / ay)
French–Oui / non  (wee / no)
German–ja / nein  (yah / nine)
Italian–sì / no  (see / no)
Japanese–Hai / Iie  (Hai / Ee-Eh)
Korean–Ne / Aniyo  (Ne / Ah Nee Yo.)
Polish–tak / nie  (tak / nyeah)
Portuguese–Sim/Não  (seehm/na-oo)
Russian–Da / net  (Dah / nyet)
Spanish–sí / no  (see / no)
Swahili–ndio / la  (n dee' oh / lah)
Thai–Chai/Mai Chai  (CHAI / MAI CHAI)
Turkish–evet / hayir  (eh vet / hi year)
Vietnamese–Có / Không  (Caw / Kom)

We are all aware that "yes / no" (Shì Búshì / Bùshì) comes in handy almost at every turn or situation and that is why learning how to say it in Chinese is important. Get instant access to the Chinese Language Set and quickly catch up on all other phrases.

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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