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What do people in Shanghai speak?

Mandarin is the standard spoken language in China. To make life even more difficult, locals also speak the Shanghai dialect, or Shanghainese, which sounds very different from Mandarin, although you probably won’t notice for a while! English is not yet widely understood by locals - your best bet is to speak to someone young if you need help, as their English tends to be pretty good. If you don’t speak any Mandarin, you’re destined to get lost at some point so please take a business card of your hotel or a copy of the address written down in Chinese so you can show taxi drivers or anyone else that can help you. English    Chinese Pinyin           Mandarin           Shanghainese       Hello. Goodbye. Thank you. Sorry. you're welcome. correct/right telephone surf the Web toilet turn left turn right go straight hotel airport train station metro taxi How much? too expensive cheap too big too small beer water tea settle the bill bar/pub restaurant police   ni hao zai jian xie xie dui bu qi bu ke qi dui dian hua shang wang ce suo zuo zhuan you zhuan zhi zou jiu dian fei ji chang huo che zhan di tie chu zu che duo shao qian? tai gui pian yi tai da tai xiao pi jiu shui cha mai dan jiu ba can guan jing cha knee-how tsai chee-en she-eh she-eh do-eh boo chee boo ke chee do-eh dee-an hwa shang hwan tsur swo dzwo joo-an yew joo-an gee dzow gee-ow dee-an fay gee charn hoo-oh chir ge-an dee tee-eh choo dzoo chir dwor shau chien tie gway pee-an yee tie da tie shee-au pee gee-ow shoo-eh char my dan gee-ow bar tsan gwan geen char nong haw tseh way shya shya tay ver ch'ee ver k'uk ch'ee tay dee woo zang mang ts'i soo tsoo tsoe yew tsoe zuk tsew jew tee fee jee zang hoo ts'oo zeh dee t'ik ts'uk tsi ts'oo jee dee t'uk jyu bee nee t'uk doo t'uk shyo bee jew si zoo mah teh jew pa veh tee jin ts'uh Pronunciation | Home | Services | Our Team | Client Testimonials | Contact Us