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
duān wǔ jié
Dragon Boat (Race)
Lóng zhōu (sài)
Bamboo wrapped glutinous rice balls
Happy Dragon Boat Festival
Duān wǔ jié kuài lè
Can I have some glutinous rice balls?
Yǒu zòng zǐ má?
Do you prefer sweet flavor or salty flavor?
Nǐ xǐ huān tián kǒu de hái shì xián kǒu de?
What's the filling inside the glutinous rice balls?
Zòng zǐ shì shén me xiàn’er de?
Zhū ròu xiàn
Red bean paste
Dòu shā xiàn
Salted egg yolk
Xián dàn huáng xiàn
What's your plan for the Dragon Boat Festival?
Duān wǔ jié yǒu shén me ān pái mā?
Can I take a photo of this?
Wǒ néng gěi zhè gè pāi zhāng zhào mā?
I don't eat meat/peanut/dairy products/seafood.
Wǒ bú chī ròu/huā shēng/nǎi zhìpǐn/ hǎi xiān.
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