Useful Mandarin Words and Phrases for Dragon Boat Festival

By Urban Family, June 15, 2018

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201711/originally-uf.jpgThis article originally appeared on our sister website, Urban Family Shanghai.


By Mandy Tie and Yuzhou Hu

Dragon Boat Festival is just around the corner, and you’re probably looking to brush up your Mandarin skills. In order to help you impress your fellow workers, friends and family, we’ve prepared a comprehensive list of Dragon Boat-related vocabulary and phrases. 

Let's start with the name of the festival itself. In Chinese it's not a literal translation of 'dragon boat.' It's actually an indication of the date of the festival – May 5 according to the Lunar Calendar.

Dragon Boat Festival
端午节
duān wǔ jié

Dragon Boat (Race)
龙舟(赛)
Lóng zhōu (sài)

Bamboo wrapped glutinous rice balls
粽子
Zòng zǐ

Happy Dragon Boat Festival
端午节快乐!
Duān wǔ jié kuài lè

Can I have some glutinous rice balls?
有粽子吗?
Yǒu zòng zǐ má?

Do you prefer sweet flavor or salty flavor?
你喜欢甜口的还是咸口的?
Nǐ xǐ huān tián kǒu de hái shì xián kǒu de?

What's the filling inside the glutinous rice balls?
粽子是什么馅儿的?
Zòng zǐ shì shén me xiàn’er de?

Pork filling
猪肉馅
Zhū ròu xiàn

Red bean paste
豆沙馅
Dòu shā xiàn

Salted egg yolk
咸蛋黄馅
Xián dàn huáng xiàn

What's your plan for the Dragon Boat Festival?
端午节有什么安排吗?
Duān wǔ jié yǒu shén me ān pái mā? 

Can I take a photo of this?
我能给这个拍张照吗?
Wǒ néng gěi zhè gè pāi zhāng zhào mā?

I don't eat meat/peanut/dairy products/seafood.
我不吃肉/花生/奶制品/海鲜。
Wǒ bú chī  ròu/huā shēng/nǎi zhìpǐn/ hǎi xiān.


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This article was originally published by our sister magazine Urban Family Shanghai. For more articles like this, visit the Urban Family website, or follow the Urban Family WeChat account (ID: urbanfamilyshanghai).

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