The weekend is a great time to practice Chinese speaking. Why? Because it's the chance for Chinese dialogue in real social and lifestyle situations.
It's the perfect time to practice everyday common expressions, casual conversation and small talk.
Best of all, in casual situations, it's okay to omit the subject in a sentence, or to speak incomplete sentences. The casualness of the weekend context frees you up to speak more, make more interjections and expressions and to not worry about being "perfect."
Even if you're not with other Chinese speakers, you can think relevant Chinese phrases to yourself while hanging out.
Learn Chinese Phrases for the Weekend
Let's celebrate! The weekend's here. What better way to express your excitement than to say it in Chinese? Try these phrases on for size:
hǎo kāi xīn a! zhōng yú dào zhōu mò le.
Yes! The weekend's finally here.
wǒ men zhōu mò qù nà lǐ wán?
What should we do this weekend?
How to Use Chinese Phrases for Making Plans
Let's start by learning how to suggest activities:
我们去____吧！(wǒ men qù____ba) Let's go…
What do you feel like doing this weekend? You can suggest any plan of choice by using this simple phrase: 我们去__(activity)__吧！(wǒ men qù____ba), which means, "Let's go…" Simply insert your chosen activity in the blank, for example:
wǒ men qù guàng jiē ba.
Let's go shopping.
wǒ men qù kàn diàn yǐng ba.
Let's go for a movie.
wǒ men qù chī fàn ba.
Let's go for a meal.
我想去 (wǒ xiǎng qù ) I wanna go…
Another easy way to bring up weekend plans is to simply say 我想去___(activity)___(wǒ xiǎng qù____), or "I wanna go…" Again, just complete the sentence with your desired activity, for example:
wǒ xiǎng qù zuò yùn dòng.
I wanna go work out.
wǒ xiǎng qù zuò àn mó.
I wanna go get a massage.
wǒ xiǎng qù guàng yè shì.
I wanna go check out the night market.
Now that we've covered some basic phrases for proposing activities, it looks like we're ready to head out!
Useful Chinese Phrases for Navigating Every Kind of Weekend Activity
Who's hungry? Let's grab a bite to eat! To survey what your friends feel like eating, ask:
wǒ men chī shén mē hǎo?
What do you guys want to eat?/What should we eat?
Someone might answer you:
wǒ men chī rì běn liào lǐ ba.
Let's go have Japanese food.
Someone else may say:
wǒ xiǎng chī hàn bǎo bǎo.
I feel like having a burger.
You can suggest having a variety of cuisines by using the pattern: 我想吃 (wǒ xiǎng chī) + country name + 菜(cài) cuisine (or literally, dishes of food). For example:
wǒ xiǎng chī yì dà lì cài.
I feel like having Italian food.
wǒ xiǎng chī zhōng guó cài.
I feel like having Chinese food.
If the food that you're having is good, you can say 好吃! (hǎo chī) or "Delicious!"
Finally, when you're full and ready to go, you can say 买单! (mǎi dān) or "Bill, please!"
At the Mall
Hanging out with the gang at the mall? It's time to pick up some new threads.
After choosing and trying on something nice, you want to get some expert peer opinion, so you ask:
zhè jiàn yī fú hǎo kàn ma?
Does this look good on me?
If you want to be affirmative, you can say:
nǐ chuān zhè jiàn yī fú zhēn hǎo kàn.
You look great in this.
If you think the piece of clothing is so-so, you can say:
hái kě yǐ.
还可以 (hái kě yǐ) means that it's fine, which can also be a nice way of saying that it's not great.
Next, you can ask the clerk if there are any sales:
yǒu méi yǒu dǎ zhé?
Is there any sale or discount?
Moving on, you might want to check out other stores. You can use this pattern:
我想看____。 (wǒ xiǎng kān____) I wanna check out____.
wǒ xiǎng kàn xié zi.
I wanna check out shoes.
wǒ xiǎng kàn yóu yǒng yī.
I wanna check out swimwear.
Movies and Shows
Who doesn't love a movie on the weekend? At the theatre, you might want to find out what your friends want to watch, so you ask:
wǒ men kàn shén mē hǎo?
What should we see?
After choosing a movie, you might want to start by getting tickets, or by checking if anyone wants popcorn or drinks:
wǒ men xiān qù mǎi piào ba.
Let's get tickets first.
nǐ men yào bù yào bào mǐ huā huò yǐn liào?
Do you guys want popcorn or drinks?
At the end of the movie, find out if your friends liked the movie by asking:
nǐ jué de zěn me yàng? xǐ huān ma?
What do you think? Did you like it?
Your friends could give an evaluation of the movie:
wǒ jué de hái bù cuò.
I thought it was alright.
wǒ jué de hěn wú liáo.
I thought it was boring.
Bars and Pubs
It's happy hour. Time to unwind over a glass or a pint. Perhaps you want to buy someone a drink, so you say:
nǐ yào hē shén mē?
What do you want to drink?
Since you often don't have just one drink, encourage the joviality by saying:
zài lái yī bēi!
Have another one!
In every drinking situation, always remember the favorite phrase:
You don't want to miss the must-see areas in your city. It's time for sightseeing:
wǒ men qù guān guāng ba.
Let's go sightseeing.
To get an opinion of the best sites to visit, ask your friends:
nǐ jué de nǎ lǐ hǎo wán?
What's good to see?
Every sightseeing locale is optimal for selfies and group pics. To add more smiles and faces to your photos, suggest to your friends:
gēn wǒ yī qǐ pāi zhào ba!
Take a photo with me!
Spa or Salon
Sometimes you just need a little rest and relaxation. Ahhh, you deserve a spa or salon session. To propose various spa and salon activities, use the following phrases:
wǒ yàoàn mó.
I want to get a massage.
wǒ xiǎng qù lǐ fà diàn jiǎn tóu fā.
I want to get my hair cut.
wǒ xiǎng qù zuò zhǐ jiǎ.
I want to get a manicure.
After your queen-bee treatment, you deserve some compliments. Hopefully, your friends will tell you:
nǐ de fà xíng hěn hǎo kàn.
Your hairstyle looks great.
nǐ jīn tiān hěn piào liàng.
You look beautiful today.
The weekend is the perfect time to get back on track with that January resolution to get in shape. Call up your workout buddies and say:
wǒ men qù duàn liàn shēn tǐ ba.
Let's go work out.
Different people prefer different ways of working out. What's your favorite work-out? Do you jive with any of the below?
wǒ xǐ huān pǎo bù.
I like running.
wǒ xǐ huān jǔ zhòng.
I like to lift weights.
wǒ xǐ huān zuò yú jiā.
I like to do yoga.
Finally, you might need to take precious time out to do some personal business, such as banking or making household purchases. Here's some handy phrases to announce your errand-running intentions:
wǒ xū yào qù yín háng.
I need to go to the bank.
wǒ xū yào qù cǎi gòu.
I need to go buy some things.
wǒ xū yào qù bàn diǎn shì qíng.
I need to go run some errands.
When your friend or housemate returns home from his or her excursions, you can ask:
nǐ jīn tiān máng shén mē?
What did you do today?
With all these phrases in your back pocket, you're ready to head out and conquer the weekend. Have fun doing all your favorite weekend activities while using Chinese at the same time.
Have an awesome weekend!
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