It has been a difficult time for many of us in the lockdown. The good thing is we are in this together. The compound communities and neighbors are our big support.
Staying at home for a long time is a great opportunity to get to know our neighbors better.
We’ve prepared several Chinese phrases and sentences that you might see in your community Wechat group or use them if you want to talk to your neighbors during the lockdown.
Yuǎnqīn bù rú jìnlín
Distant relatives are not as good as close neighbors.
Whether you go downstairs to take a test or you try to order food in the group, you can use these phrases to talk to your neighbors during the lockdown👇
01. MEETING YOUR NEIGHBORS
When you go downstairs to take a PCR test, you can ask your neighbors:
Hésuān zuò hǎo le ma?
Have you taken a PCR test?
Tuán de cài dào le ma?
Has your group order arrived?
02. FOOD DISCUSSIONS IN A WECHAT GROUP
When you try to buy food in the group, you might see your neighbors offering to share some food with each other. Next time, If you want to share something with your neighbors, you can say 👇
Wǒ de lāmiàn mǎi duō le, yǒu rén xiǎng share ma?
I bought too much noodles. Does anyone want to share?
Yǒu xūyào lǜyècài de línjū ma? Qún lǐ hǎn yī shēng.
Does anyone need green vegetables? Shout out in the group.
Yǒu xiǎngyào fēn huángguā de línjū ma? Wú jīn yī xiāng.
Does anyone want to share cucumbers? One box is 2.5kg.
Wǒ yǒu duōyú de shūcài fàng zài yī céng dàtīng le, shūcài bùzú qĭng zìqǔ.
I have extra vegetables, I put them in the hall on the first floor. If you don’t have enough vegetables, please help yourselves.
Yǒu yuànyì yòng kělè huàn dàsuàn de ma?
Is anyone willing to exchange garlic for Cola?
Wǒ zuótiān duō tuán le yī fèn tiáoliào. Kěyǐ nèibù zhuǎnràng, sīxìn shuō ba.
I bought an extra portion of seasoning yesterday in a group buy. I can share it (with someone here) internally, PM me for details.
03. LOCKDOWN RULES AND SUPPORT
We should follow the rules and cooperate as a community to keep everyone safe. You might see your neighbors talk about the rules and support each other in a WeChat group 👇
Fēicháng shíqī, xiànzài dōu bù ràng chūmén le.
During this emergency period, we’re not allowed to leave our apartments.
Wùzī wùyè sòng shàng mén, lājī yě shàng mén shōu.
So the community management delivers food to the doorstep and collects the trash at the door, too.
Dàjiā dōu zūnshǒu guīzé.
Everyone should comply with the rules.
Dàjiā qĭng fàngxīn.
Everyone, please take it easy.
Jīntiān wǒmen huì jiāng yángxìng bìnglì zhuǎnyùn chūqù.
Today, we will transfer the infected people.
We hope that these Chinese phrases will be useful and help you next time you want to talk to your neighbors in lockdown. To learn more useful Chinese vocabulary and phrases, check out one of our blog posts Chinese Idioms: Complain About Crowds in Chinese
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