Buzzes and lots of "er's" and "ol's" and "lo's" is all you'll hear the first time you touch down in Chengdu. But what you're actually hearing is Mandarin being spoken in a charming southwestern drawl. Just as English has its' own various styles, Mandarin is teeming with different accents and dialects as well. Quite often, words and pronunciation can vary drastically in different regions of China. One such dialect is the southwestern Mandarin dialect known as Sichuanhua. Expats in Chengdu hear the Sichuan dialect everywhere, from Chengdu's famous hotpot restaurants to its stores, clubs and bars. If you're living in Chengdu or nearby, you should definitely master a few useful Sichuanhua words and phrases. It will earn you more respect from the locals, get lower prices when haggling and provide you with a greater understanding of Sichuan's people and culture.
Notable Pronunciation Differences
Ten Sichuanhua Words You Must Know
Below is a chart of some basic Sichuanhua words that differ greatly from standard Mandarin.
Sichuanese Mandarin 四川话
|1) sázi 啥子|| |
|2) suà 耍|| |
to have fun or to play
|3) suáile 甩了|| |
cheers or finish the cup
|4) zóngguì 中国|| |
|5) céi 车|| |
|6) xiàodei 晓得|| |
|7) básì 巴适 (this word is especially useful when eating, drinking beer or getting a massage)|| |
shūfu 舒服 or shuǎng爽
comfortable, good or refreshing
|8) yáodei 要得|| |
duì 对 or hǎo 好
good, right or okay
|9) xiàomèr 小妹儿 (this word is used to get the attention a younger waitress)|| |
|10) kóyi可以 (remember the "o" in "ko" sounds like the "o" in Mandarin pinyin's "mo")|| |
can, able to, okay
Some Useful Sichuanhua Phrases
Here are a few useful phrases to throw around. It will throw off, and maybe amaze, the locals a bit if you say the phrase correctly.
Sichuanese Mandarin 四川话
|1) mèidéisi 没得事 (mei dei means "not have" in Sichuanhua)|| |
It doesn't matter or no big deal
|2) hàoduóqiàn 好多钱|| |
How much is it?
|3) lnì si lnágo guìjia dei 你是哪个国家的|| |
nǐ shì shénme guójiā de 你是什么国家的
What is your home country?
|4) lnì suó sázi 你说啥子|| |
nǐ shuō shénme 你说什么
What did you say?
|5) lnì lnǎi lnàr 你在哪儿|| |
Where are you?
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