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How to Say “I don`t understand” in Chinese

If you haven`t reach HSK 6 yet or still not fully understand Chines culture, there are many chances to say “I don`t understand” in Chinese when communicating with Chinese people. It`s very practical and will help you avoiding many misunderstanding situations.

when don`t understand this language or the thing

  • 我不懂

(Wǒ bù dǒng)

  • 我听不懂

(wǒ tīng bù dǒng.)

  • 我不明白

(wǒ bù míngbái.)


When you don`t hear it clearly

  • 不好意思,我没听清楚。

(bù hǎoyìsi, wǒ méi tīng qīngchǔ.)


When you don`t understand the meaning

  • 对不起,我不懂你的意思。

(Duìbùqǐ, wǒ bù dǒng nǐ de yìsi.)

  • 对不起,我不明白你的意思。

(Duìbùqǐ, wǒ bù míngbái nǐ de yìsi.)


When you ask to repeat

  • 请再说一次。

(Qǐng zàishuō yīcì.)

  • 什么?


  • 麻烦你再说一遍好吗?

(Máfan nǐ zài shuō yībiàn hǎo ma?)


“I understand”

  • 我懂了

(Wǒ dǒngle)

  • 我明白了

(wǒ míngbái le)

  • 我理解

(wǒ lǐjiě)

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