Everyday Help: Useful Phrases for Life Services

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Navigating daily life in China can be much smoother when you know some essential phrases for common services. Whether you need to visit the bank, the doctor, or even the post office, these phrases will help you communicate effectively and get the help you need.

At the Bank

Opening an Account

When you visit a bank to open an account, these phrases can be helpful:

  1. I would like to open a bank account.

    我想开一个银行账户。

    Wǒ xiǎng kāi yī gè yínháng zhànghù.
  2. What documents do I need to provide?

    我需要提供哪些文件?
    
Wǒ xūyào tígōng nǎxiē wénjiàn?
  3. Can I have a debit card with this account?
    
这个账户可以办理借记卡吗?

    Zhège zhànghù kěyǐ bànlǐ jièjì kǎ ma?

At the Doctor

Scheduling an Appointment

When booking a doctor's appointment, these phrases will help:

  1. I need to see a doctor.

    我需要看医生。

    Wǒ xūyào kàn yīshēng.
  2. Is there an English-speaking doctor available?

    有会说英语的医生吗?

    Yǒu huì shuō yīngyǔ de yīshēng ma?
  3. Can I make an appointment for tomorrow?

    我可以预约明天的看诊吗?

    Wǒ kěyǐ yùyuē míngtiān de kàn zhěn ma?

Receiving Packages

For receiving packages, knowing these phrases can be handy:

  1. I am here to pick up a package.

    我来取一个包裹。
    
Wǒ lái qǔ yī gè bāoguǒ.
  2. My package tracking number is...

    我的包裹追踪号码是...

    Wǒ de bāoguǒ zhuīzōng hàomǎ shì...
  3. Can you hold my package for a few days?

    你们可以保管我的包裹几天吗?

    Nǐmen kěyǐ bǎoguǎn wǒ de bāoguǒ jǐ tiān ma?

At the Supermarket

Finding Products

When shopping for groceries, these phrases will help you find what you need:

  1. Where can I find the dairy products?

    请问乳制品在哪儿?

    Qǐngwèn rǔzhìpǐn zài nǎ'er?
  2. Do you have gluten-free products?

    这里有无麸质的产品吗?

    Zhèlǐ yǒu wú fū zhì de chǎnpǐn ma?
  3. Can you show me where the fresh produce is?

    可以告诉我新鲜蔬果区在哪吗?

    Kěyǐ gàosù wǒ xīnxiān shūguǒ qū zài nǎ ma?

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