Chinese Words and Phrases About Relationships

The relationship between couples is just like sugar—sweet and sticky; while between friends, it is passion and energy; it is caring and protective within family members. It is cooperative and accommodating when among colleagues. No matter when and where you are in this world, relationships will always follow you. Here I have compiled a list of Chinese words and phrases on how to describe relationships we may be involved in everyday life. Next time when you believe he/she is the love of your life, step forward and ask: “Hey, what’s our relationship?”

Learn Chinese Words and Phrases About Relationships

Relationship Phrases

      
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家人、恋人 jiārén 、 liànren Families and Lovers
妈妈 māmɑ mom/Mommy
爸爸 bàbɑ dad/Daddy
洗 碗 xǐ wǎn washing the dishes
回家 huíjiā go back home
老公 lǎoɡōnɡ husband
老婆 lǎopó wife
哥哥 ɡēɡe older brother
邻居 línjū neighborhood
奶奶 nǎinɑi grandma
女儿 nǚ’ér daughter
妹妹 mèimei younger sister
起床 qǐchuánɡ get up
弟弟 dìdi younger brother
爷爷 yéye grandpa
孩子 háizi child(ren)
回家 吃饭 huíjiā chīfàn go back home for dinner
跟 姐姐 长
得 很 像
ɡēn jiějie zhǎnɡ
de hěn xiànɡ
look like his/her sister
你 在 家 吗 nǐ zài jiā mɑ are you at home
女 朋友 nǚ pénɡyou girlfriend
男 朋友 nán pénɡyou boyfriend
不 要 等 我了 bú yào děnɡ wǒ le no need to wait for me
别 生气 bié shēnɡqì don’t be angry
亲爱的 Qīn’àide dear
你 这 孩子 nǐ zhè háizi you naughty boy/you silly boy
别 忘 了 bié wànɡ le don’t forget to
去 超市 qù chāoshì go to the supermarket
在 家 休息 zài jiā xiūxi have a rest at home
周末 休息 zhōumò xiūxi have a rest on the weekends
不 想 起床 bù xiǎnɡ qǐchuánɡ don’t want to get up
早点 回家 zǎodiǎn huíjiā go back home early
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同学、师生、朋友 shīshēnɡ 、 pénɡyou classmates,teachers and students,friends
老师 lǎoshī teacher
朋友 pénɡyou friend
同学 tónɡxué classmate
迟到 chídào be late for
上课 shànɡkè attend a class
教室 jiàoshì classroom
作业 zuòyè homework
wán play
读 书 dú shū read a book
体育 tǐyù PE
黑板 hēibǎn blackboard
图书馆 túshūɡuǎn library
小学 xiǎoxué primary school
bān class
学习 xuéxí study
又 迟到 了 yòu chídào le be late again
走 路 来 上课 zǒu lù lái shànɡkè walk to school
不 能 来 上课 bù nénɡ lái shànɡkè can’t go to school
对 画画 感兴趣 duì huàhuà ɡǎnxìnɡqù be interested in painting
一起 吃 饭 yìqǐ chī fàn have dinner together
在 公园 见面 zài ɡōnɡyuán jiànmiàn meet in a park
上 三年级 shànɡ sānniánjí grade 3
什么 时候 有空 shénme shíhou yǒukònɡ when are you free
快 放学 了 kuài fànɡxué le classes are almost over
在 同 一 个班 zài tónɡ yí ɡe bān in the same class
做 作业 zuò zuòyè do homework
好 朋友 hǎo pénɡyou good friends
老 同学 lǎo tónɡxué old classmates
有意思 yǒuyìsi interesting
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同事 tónɡshì Colleagues
同事 tónɡshì colleague
下班 xiàbān be off duty
工作 ɡōnɡzuò go to work
办公室 bànɡōnɡshì office
公司 ɡōnɡsī company
经理 jīnɡlǐ manager
秘书 mìshū secretary
迟到 chídào be late for
开 会 kāi huì have/hold a meeting
加 班 jiā bān work overtime
休息 xiūxi have a rest
jiē pick up
电子 邮件 diànzi yóujiàn e-mail
休息 室 xiūxi shì restroom
咖啡 kāfēi coffee
都 十 点 了 dōu shí diǎn le it’s almost 10 o’clock
骑 自行车 来 公司 qí zìxínɡchē lái ɡōnɡsī ride a bike to the company
什么 时候 有 时间 shénme shíhou yǒu shíjiān when are you free
每天 加 班 měitiān jiā bān work overtime everyday
在 家 休息 zài jiā xiūxi rest at home
去 机场 接客人 qù jīchǎnɡ jiē kèren go to the airport to pick up
发 电子 邮件 fā diànzǐ yóujiàn send e-mails
买 咖啡 mǎi kāfēi buy some coffee
去 北京 开会 qù Běijīnɡ kāi huì go to Beijing for a meeting
休息 一会儿 xiūxi yíhuìr take a rest
六 点 下班 liù diǎn xiàbān be off duty at 6
新 同事 xīn tónɡshì new colleague
太 忙 了 tài mánɡ le too busy
打 电话 dǎ diànhuà ring up
离开 公司 líkāi ɡōnɡsī leave the company
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Chinese Words and Phrases Exercise

After you master those relationship words and phrases above, how about some exercise?

Man: Lily, today is your brother’s birthday, why don’t we buy some mutton? He loves it.

Girl: Of course, but, can we get some fish too? I love fish.

Question: what is the relationship between the man and the girl?

Did you get it? Click here to check out the answer

Congcong Yu

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