A story in Mandarin: I'm hungry!

Join Harry in his quest to satisfy his hunger.

Harry: I’m hungry! (listen 我饿了! Wǒ è le!)

Fatima: What do you want to eat? (listen 你想吃什么? Nǐ xiǎng chī shén me?)

Fatima: Here’s some green pasta (listen 意面 yì miàn) with sausages (listen 香肠 xiāng cháng).

Harry: I don’t like (listen 我不喜欢 Wǒ bù xǐ huān) green pasta or sausages.

Zavi: Ok, here’s fried eggs (listen 煎蛋 jiān dàn) with pink potatoes (listen 土豆 tǔ dòu).

Harry: Delicious (listen 好吃 Hǎo chī)!

Fatima: Very good (listen 很好 Hěn hǎo).

Harry: Thank you (listen 谢谢 Xiè xiè) my friends (listen 朋友 péng yǒu). Oh, would you like some?

Zavi: There’s nothing left!

Key Mandarin words

MandarinPinyinEnglish
listen 好吃 hǎo chī delicious 
listen 很好 hěn hǎo very good
listen 煎蛋  jiān dàn  fried eggs
listen 你想吃什么? Nǐ xiǎng chī shén me? What do you want to eat? 
listen 土豆 tǔ dòu potatoes 
listen 我饿了 Wǒ è le I’m hungry  
listen 我不喜欢 Wǒ bù xǐ huān I don’t like 
listen 香肠 xiāng cháng sausages 
listen 谢谢 xiè xiè thank you 
listen 意面yì miàn pasta 

Did you know?

Sometimes in Mandarin, translations are very literal, eg pasta (listen 意面 yì miàn) translates as 'Italian noodles'.

Other food examples include:

  • yoghurt (listen 酸奶 suān nǎi) translates as 'sour milk'
  • doughnut (listen 甜甜圈 tián tián quān) translates as 'sweet sweet circle'