Mandarin for the Shopaholic: Phrases for Fashion and Shopping in China HSK2

Shopping in China can be an exhilarating experience, especially for those with a penchant for fashion. With sprawling malls, bustling markets, and high-end boutiques, China offers a shopping paradise for the discerning shopaholic. However, navigating this paradise can be daunting if you’re not armed with the right linguistic tools. Speaking Mandarin, even at a basic level, can significantly enhance your shopping experience. Here’s a helpful guide to essential Mandarin phrases for fashion and shopping in China.

Greetings and Basic Etiquette

  • Hello: 你好 (Nǐ hǎo)
  • Thank you: 谢谢 (Xièxiè)
  • Yes: 是 (Shì)
  • No: 不是 (Bù shì)

These essential phrases are your first step in any interaction, demonstrating politeness and respect.

Shopping Essentials

  • How much is this? 这个多少钱?(Zhège duōshǎo qián?)
  • Can I try this on? 我可以试穿这个吗?(Wǒ kěyǐ shìchuān zhège ma?)
  • Where is the fitting room? 试衣间在哪里?(Shìyī jiān zài nǎlǐ?)

These questions are invaluable when you’re browsing through clothes and accessories.

Expressing Preferences

  • I like this. 我喜欢这个。 (Wǒ xǐhuān zhège.)
  • This is too expensive. 这个太贵了。 (Zhège tài guìle.)
  • Do you have anything cheaper? 你有便宜一点的吗? (Nǐ yǒu piányí yīdiǎn de ma?)
  • Can you give a discount? 可以打折吗? (Kěyǐ dǎzhé ma?)

Negotiating prices and expressing your opinion is part of the shopping culture in China.

Sizes and Measurements

  • Small, medium, large: 小号,中号,大号 (Xiǎo hào, zhōng hào, dà hào)
  • I wear size… 我穿…号 (Wǒ chuān… hào)

Knowing how to discuss sizes can save time and ensure you find the right fit.

Payments and Purchases

  • I will buy this. 我要买这个。 (Wǒ yào mǎi zhège.)
  • Can I pay by credit card? 我可以用信用卡付款吗? (Wǒ kěyǐ yòng xìnyòngkǎ fùkuǎn ma?)
  • Where is the cashier? 收银台在哪里? (Shōuyín tái zài nǎlǐ?)

Ensure smooth transactions by knowing how to conclude your shopping.

Dealing with Problems

  • It’s too small/big. 这个太小/大了。 (Zhège tài xiǎo/dà le.)
  • I want to return this. 我想退货。 (Wǒ xiǎng tuìhuò.)
  • This is damaged. 这个坏了。 (Zhège huàile.)

If something goes wrong, these phrases will help you address the issue.

Exploring Local Markets

  • Where is the nearest market? 最近的市场在哪里? (Zuìjìn de shìchǎng zài nǎlǐ?)
  • I’m just looking, thanks. 我只是看看,谢谢。 (Wǒ zhǐshì kànkan, xièxiè.)

These phrases can help you navigate and enjoy the experience when exploring local markets.


Mastering these phrases will help you shop more effectively in China and enrich your cultural experience. Shopping in China is more than just a transaction; it’s an opportunity to interact with local culture and practices. 

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