Here are the speakcheats to help hack your way to fluency in Chinese (Mandarin).   The list contains words that I’ve come to learn as important from years of  living abroad and hacking languages.   The phonetics in ” “s are how the pronunciation would look in English.

Pronouns:


“Woa” I


“nii” You


“Ta” He


“Ta” She


“Ta” It

 

 

我们
“woahmen” We

他们
“Tamen” they

       

Nouns:

汽车
“chee chuh” Car


“shuay” Water


“chian” Money

手机
“show ji” Cell Phone

商店
“shang dian” Store

 

 

医生
“ee sheng” Doctor

孩子
“hi zuh” Kid


“nuew” Woman


“naan” Man


“ren” Person

 

 

电话
“dian hwa” Phone

         

Verbs:


“chew” Go


“sure”  Be


“yo” Have


“kahn” See


“teeng” Hear

 

 


“tzo” Do

吃飯
“chih fan” Eat


“huh” Drink


“my” Buy

支付
“djee fu” Pay

 

 


“dong” Understand

喜欢
“she huan” Like


“gay” Give

     

Example:

我喜欢红色的汽车。
“Woa shehuan hongsuh duh chi chuh” I like red cars.

今天你去商店吗。
“Gin tien nii chew shang dian ma?” Are you going to the store today?

       

Modals:


“yao” Want/Will

应该”ing guy” Should

可以
“kuh ee” capable of doing


“hooy” permitted


“shyang” would like

 

Example:

我们要吃面。 “Woamen yow chih mien” We want to/will eat noodles.

你们可以玩足球。  “Niimen kuh ee waan zuu chew” They can play football.

       

Adjectives:


“how” Good

不好
“boo how” Bad


“shau” Small


“da” Big

昂贵
“aang gway” Expensive

 

 

便宜
“pian ee” Cheap

         

Prepositions:


“tzai” To, At, In, On;

         

Conjunctions:

和”huh” And

还是
“hi sure” Or?

或者
“hwo djee” Or(either or)


“gen” With

   

Directions:


“shang” Up ^


“shya” Down V


“tzwoh” Left <


“yow” Right  >

   

Question words:


“shay” Who

什么
“shen muh” What

那里
“naly” Where

什么时候
“shenme shih ho” When,

为什么
“why shih muh” Why

 

 


“dwo”  how

         

Other important words:

你好
“neehao” Hello


“bu” Not/Don’t


“may” doesn’t(used only with 有)

谢谢
“shye shye” Thank you

因为
“inway” Because

 

 


“ma”
? (used as question marker)


“luh”
past tense marker
(put at the end of the sentenece)

如果
“ruu guo”    If

     

Colors:

黑”hey”
(Black)

白”bai”
(White)

红”hong”

橘红”jü hong”

黄”hwang”

 

 绿”lew”

蓝”lan”

紫”tzehh”

灰”huy”

     

Articles(A/The aren’t used, just say the noun):

这個
“jigga” This

那個
“nigga“   That

       

Numbers:


“ling” 0


“ee” 1


“eer” 2


“san” 3


“sih” 4

 
 


“wu” 5


“leo” 6


“chih” 7


“ba” 8


“joe” 9

 
 


“shih” 10

十一
“shih ee” 11

十二
“shi eer” 12

     
 

二十
“eer shih” 20

二十一
“eer shih ee” 21(follow this pattern for the rest, 3三 10十 4四 is 34三 十四, etc)


“bai” 100

一百零一
“ee bae ling ee”=101

一百二
“ee bae er” 102

 

Are there any other words that should make the speakcheats?