Useful Mandarin Phrases: Holiday Season

By Urban Family, December 20, 2019

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


Are you ready to get out and about this festive season, but in need of a little help when it comes to communicating in Chinese? Look no further than our list of yuletide phrases that'll are bound to come in handy over the following weeks!

Words

Christmas Eve
圣诞前夜
Shèng dàn qián yè

Christmas Day
圣诞节
Shèng dàn jié

Santa Claus
圣诞老人
Shèng dàn lǎo rén

Reindeer
驯鹿
Xùn lù

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
驯鹿鲁道夫
Xùn lù lǔ dào fū

Elves
精灵
Jīng líng

Snowman
雪人(儿)
Xuě rén (ér)

North Pole
北极
Běi Jí

Snow/Snowflake
雪花
Xuě huā

Sled / Sleigh
雪橇
Xuě qiāo

Christmas gift/present/box
圣诞礼物
Shèng dàn lǐwù

Gift exchange
礼物交换
Lǐ wù jiāo huàn

Christmas card
圣诞卡片
Shèng dàn kǎ piàn

Toys
玩具
Wán jù

Chimney
烟囱
Yān cong

Fireplace
壁炉
Bì lú

Christmas tree
圣诞树
Shèng dàn shù

Decoration
装饰
Zhuāng shì

Tinsel
圣诞装饰品
Shèng dàn zhuāng shì pǐn

Wreath
花环
Huā huán

Ornaments / Baubles
圣诞彩球
Shèng dàn cǎi qiú

Mistletoe
槲寄生
Hú jì shēng

Holly
冬青
Dōng qīng

Stocking
长袜 / 圣诞袜
Chǎng wà / Shèng dàn wà

Christmas lights
圣诞彩灯 / 圣诞灯饰
Shèng dàn cǎi dēng / Shèng dàn dēng shì

Poinsettia
圣诞红
Shèng dàn hóng

Bell

Líng

Christmas crackers
圣诞拉炮
Shèng dàn lā pào

Christmas market
圣诞集市
Shèng dàn jí shì

Ice rink
溜冰场
Liū bīng chǎng

Christmas carol
圣诞歌 / 圣诞颂歌
Shèng dàn gē / Shèng dàn sòng gē

Caroling
报佳音
Bào jiā yīn

Gingerbread house
姜饼屋 / 姜饼房
Jiāng bǐng wū / Jiāng bǐng fáng

Yule log
圣诞树桩蛋糕
Shèng dàn shù zhuāng dàn gāo

Candy cane
糖棍 / 拐杖糖
Táng gùn / Guǎi zhàng táng

Cookies
饼干
Bǐng gān

Mulled wine
热红酒
Rè hóng jiǔ

Apple cider
苹果酒
Píng guǒ jiǔ

Eggnog
蛋酒
Dàn jiǔ

Hot chocolate
热巧克力
Rè qiǎo kè lì

Champagne
香槟
Xiāng bīn

Roasted turkey
火鸡
Huǒ jī

Roasted chicken
烤鸡
Kǎo jī

Stuffed chicken
圣诞烤鸡
Shèng dàn kǎo jī

Christmas pudding
圣诞布丁
Shèng dàn bù dīng

Advent
降临节
Jiàng lín jié

Advent Calendar
降临节日历
Jiàng lín jié rì lì

Nativity
耶稣诞生
Yē sū dàn shēng

Jesus
耶稣
Yē sū

Church
教堂
Jiào táng

Christian / Christianity
基督教
Jī dū jiào

Jewish / Judaism
犹太
Yóu tài

Religion
宗教
Zōng jiào

Hanukkah
光明节
Guāng míng jié

Menorah
烛台
Zhú tái

Dreidel
陀螺
Tuó luó

Kwanzaa
宽扎节
Kuān zhā jié

Boxing Day
节礼日
Jié lǐ rì


Phrases

Merry Christmas!
圣诞快乐!
Shèng dàn kuài lè!

Season’s Greetings!
节日快乐!
Jié rì kuài lè!

Happy Hanukkah!
光明节快乐!
Guāng míng jié kuài lè!

Happy Kwanzaa!
宽扎节快乐!
Kuān zhā jié kuài lè!

Enjoy the holidays!
好好享受假期!
Hǎo hao xiǎng shòu jià qī!

Have a great winter vacation!
寒假快乐!
Hán jià kuài lè!

I put your gift under the Christmas tree.
我把你的礼物放在圣诞树下了 .
Wǒ bǎ nǐ de lǐ wù fàng zài shèng dàn shù xià le.

Let’s decorate the Christmas tree together!
让我们 来一起 装饰圣诞树 吧!
Ràng wǒ mén lái yī qǐ zhuāng shì shèng dàn shù ba!

Wǒ xiǎng yào yī gè ...Could you gift wrap this one for me?
可以帮我包装一下吗?
Kě yǐ bāng wǒ bāo zhuāng yī xià ma?

Could I make a reservation for ... people?
我可以预订... 个人的桌位吗?
Wǒ kě yǐ yù dìng ... gè rén de zhuō wèi ma?


Classic Christmas Songs

‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’
《我们祝你圣诞快乐》
Wǒ men zhù nǐ shèng dàn kuài lè

‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’
《圣诞老人进城了》
Shèng dàn lǎor én jìn chéng le

‘Silent Night’
《平安夜》
Píng’ān yè

‘Jingle Bells’
《铃儿响叮当》
Líng er xiǎng dīngdāng

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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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