Language Quiz

Starter level quiz about the Chinese language.
1. The United States of America is called what in Chinese?
美国 měi guó
买国 mǎi guó
英国 yīng guó
Deng Xiaoping, leader
Deng Xiaoping during Sino-American signing ceremony, 1st Jan 1979. Image available under a Creative Commons license .

2. What is the Chinese for south?
běi
nán
西
feng shui, compass
Division of a traditional Feng Shui compass

3. Which character for good fortune is widely seen at Chinese New Year?
fēi
festival, temple, lion dance
Traditional lion dance near a temple

4. If you want to attract the attention of a waiter what do you say?
欢迎 huān yíng
服务员 fú wù yuán
同志 tóng zhì
restaurant, food, people, Sichuan
A traditional Sichuan chafing dish lunch at Jiezi, Sichuan Copyright © Dreamstime see image license

5. 晚上 wǎn shàng refers to which time of day?
Lunchtime
Evening
Morning
Tang dynasty, Yunnan, temple, mountains

6. 三月八日 sān yuè bā rì is how you would write which date?
8th March
3rd March
3rd August

7. How do you express 1,000,000 in Chinese?
十万 shí wàn
百万 bǎi wàn
shuāng
abacus
Chinese abacus

8. Which word can you use to ask someone to wait
děng
dāng
zhù
airport, people, queue
Queue for airport desk for Chinese New Year flights Copyright © Dreamstime see image license

9. What is the Chinese word for walk?
zuó
zhī
zǒu
children
A group of children walking home from school in Pengzhou, Sichuan Copyright © Dreamstime see image license

10. The Chinese character for heaven or sky is what?
tiān
tián
kite, skyscraper, park, people
Flying kites in a city park

11. xīn means what in English?
Ancient
Heart
Love

12. The possessive 'your' is expressed how in Chinese?
你的 nǐ de
你㝵 nǐ dé
的你 de nǐ

13. What is the word for friend in Chinese?
兴友 xīng yǒu
朋友 péng yǒu
平有 píng yǒu
Guizhou, miao, children
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14. How would you say the year 2008 in Chinese?
二零零八年 èr líng líng bā nián
二零八年 èr líng bā nián
两零八年 liǎng líng bā nián
Beijing, Birds nest, stadium
China National Stadium in Beijing used for the Olympic Games. It is also known as the Bird Nest stadium Copyright © Dreamstime see image license

15. How would you say four tickets in Chinese?
四张小 sì zhāng xiǎo
四票 sì piào
四张票 sì zhāng piào
airport, people, queue
Queue for airport desk for Chinese New Year flights Copyright © Dreamstime see image license

16. What is the Chinese word for green?
绿
bái
silk
Bolts of Chinese silk

17. How do you bid someone welcome in Chinese?
欢迎 huān yíng
高兴 gāo xīng
时候 shí hòu
language, school , children
Teaching Chinese. Traditional characters for 'what is your name'

18. Xiǎo means what in English?
child
small or young
big

19. To make a sentence to indicate an action is complete as in 'gone'; 'left'; 'bought' what can you do?
Add at the end of the sentence
Add le after the verb
Add méi before the verb

20. Yesterday is what in Chinese
来年 lái nián
明天 míng tiān
昨天 zuó tiān
Forbidden City, tower, architecture
Wall and Moat with corner guard post defend the Forbidden City, Beijing
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