How to Talk About Science in Chinese: A Beginner’s Guide


Have you ever pondered how to speak Chinese while addressing the intriguing realm of science? Knowing how to communicate scientific ideas in Chinese, a language that is becoming more and more of a global language, can lead to many opportunities for personal and professional development. In this beginner’s tutorial, we’ll go through key terminology, grammar points, expressions for casual conversation, and pointers for navigating scientific conversations in Chinese.

Building a Foundation

Essential Vocabulary

Becoming familiar with certain fundamental Chinese words is imperative before engaging in scientific conversations. Start by becoming familiar with the terms for typical scientific disciplines and ideas, as well as any associated verbs and adjectives.

Scientific Domains

  • Physics (物理): Wùlǐ
  • Chemistry (化学): Huàxué
  • Biology (生物学): Shēngwùxué
  • Geology (地质学): Dìzhìxué
  • Astronomy (天文学): Tiānwénxué

Common Scientific Terms

  • Theory (理论): Lǐlùn
  • Law (定律): Dìnglǜ
  • Hypothesis (假设): Jiǎshè
  • Experiment (实验): Shíyàn
  • Research (研究): Yánjiū

Grammar and Sentence Structures

Asking Questions

In scientific discussions, asking questions is vital. Use the question particle “吗” (ma) for yes/no questions and interrogative pronouns like “什么” (shénme), “怎么” (zěnme), and “为什么” (wèishénme) for more open-ended inquiries.

Comparing and Contrasting

To compare and contrast ideas, use “比” (bǐ) for comparisons and “而” (ér) or “和” (hé) for contrasts.

试验A比试验B的温度高。Shìyàn A bǐ shi yàn B de wēndù gāo. – Test A was at a higher temperature than Test B.

试验A和试验B的温度一样。Shìyàn A hé shìyàn B de wēndù yīyàng. – The temperature of Test A and Test B is the same.

试验A和试验B的温度一样,而试验C的温度低10摄氏度。Shìyàn A hé shìyàn B de wēndù yīyàng, ér shìyàn C de wēndù dī 10 shèshìdù. – Test A was at the same temperature as Test B, while Test C was at a temperature 10°C lower.

Describing Results and Data

To describe results or data, use “结果” (jiéguǒ) and “数据” (shùjù), respectively. Utilize adjectives like “高” (gāo, high) or “低” (dī, low) to quantify your observations.

他推算的数据很少出现误差。Tā tuīsuàn de shùjù hěn shǎo chūxiàn wùchā. – There are very few errors in his calculated data.

结果显示,这个指标有点高。Jiéguǒ xiǎnshì, zhège zhǐbiāo yǒudiǎn gāo. – The results show that this indicator is a bit high.

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Conversational Phrases

Expressing Opinions

When expressing your opinion, begin with “我认为” (wǒ rènwéi) or “我觉得” (wǒ juédé), which means “I think” or “I believe.”

我认为试验数据有误。Wǒ rènwéi shìyàn shùjù yǒu wù. – I think the experimental data is wrong.

我觉得检测报告不准。Wǒ juédé jiǎncè bàogào bù zhǔn. – I think the test report is inaccurate.

Agreeing and Disagreeing

To agree with someone, say “我同意” (wǒ tóngyì) or “对” (duì). To disagree, use “我不同意” (wǒ bù tóngyì) or “不对” (bù duì).

我不同意你的观点。Wǒ bù tóngyì nǐ de guāndiǎn. – I disagree with you.

我同意你的方案。Wǒ tóngyì nǐ de fāng’àn. – I agree with your proposal.

Discussing Scientific News

To discuss recent scientific news or findings, use phrases like “最近有一项研究发现” (zuìjìn yǒu yī xiàng yánjiū fāxiàn), which means “A recent study found,” or “科学家们正在研究” (kēxuéjiā men zhèngzài yánjiū), meaning “Scientists are currently researching.”

Tips for Science Communication

Cultivating Curiosity

Remaining inquisitive is one of the best ways to develop your ability to communicate scientifically in Chinese. To increase your knowledge, engage in conversations, seek out new information, and ask questions.

Using Analogies and Metaphors

Metaphors and analogies are effective methods for simplifying challenging scientific ideas. Include these strategies in your conversations to aid the listener in understanding the concepts you are presenting.


In conclusion, speaking about science in Chinese involves a solid foundation in vocabulary, grammar, and everyday expressions. Remember to stay curious, ask questions, and utilize analogies and metaphors to make your interactions more engaging and straightforward as you continue to learn and practice. You’ll soon be able to easily talk about scientific subjects in Chinese if you put the time and effort into it.


Is learning scientific terms in Chinese difficult for beginners?

Learning scientific terminology in Chinese is manageable with constant practice and determination, even though it may be difficult initially.

Do I need to learn all the scientific fields’ vocabulary?

No, concentrate on the scientific fields that most excite you. You can gradually learn more specialized jargon as your knowledge base grows.

How can I improve my Chinese scientific communication skills?

Exercise, exercise, exercise! To hone your language abilities, have conversations, ask questions, and read scholarly works in Chinese.

Why is it important to learn how to discuss science in Chinese?

Speaking Chinese can open new doors for professional advancement, personal development, and intercultural understanding in our increasingly interconnected world.

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