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Learn To Give Directions In Mandarin Chinese

If you visit China or Taiwan, you'll need to know how to ask for directions.

In this lesson, we'll cover essential direction vocabulary and help you ask for directions in Chinese.

Chinese Directions (中方向)- (zhōng fāng xiàng)

Cardinal (map) directions in Chinese

These are your compass directions:

EnglishChinese CharactersPinyin
eastdōng
southnán
west西
northběi

Intercardinal (map) directions in Chinese

Intercardinals are the directions in between the cardinals.

In Chinese these are easy - just combine the two words together. KEY POINT: "East" and "West" always come first in Chinese (e.g. 'westsouth' rather than 'southwest' as in English).

EnglishChinese CharactersPinyin
northeast东北dōngběi
southeast东南dōngnán
northwest西北xīběi
southwest西南xīnán

Directions for the road (positional)

EnglishChinese CharactersPinyin
leftzuǒ
right右 / 权利Yòu / Quán lì
upShàng
downXià
in front of面前miàn qián
in back of在回zài huí
faryuǎn
nearjìn
streetjiē
avenue大街dà jiē

Examples of giving or asking for directions in Chinese:

The store is located to the right of the university.

该 店 位 于 大 学 的 权 利

Nà jiā shāngdiàn shì zài gāoxiào de quán lì

Where is the Libertador avenue?

哪 里 是 解 放 者 大 街

Nǎlǐ shì jiěfàng zhě dà jiē

The municipality is near to the square.

市 政 当 局 正 在 附 近 的 广 场

Shìzhèng dāngjú zhèngzài fù jìn de guǎngchǎng

Chile is south of Peru.

智 利 是 南 秘 鲁

Zhìlì shì nán bìlǔ


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