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154: How to Bargain in Mandarin Chinese

By Learnmandarinnow

As we all know, shopping is a very popular pastime in China. Bargaining is a key part of shopping, as who doesn’t love to get a bargain? Learn how to save money and find out about the strategy to get the best deal when you are out in the market. You’ll soon become an expert ‘bargainer’…

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) To negotiate the price of something you wish to buy

(ii) How to offer a price you want to pay and accept if shop owner agrees


Everyone loves to bargain, just like these two friends:


(zài lù biān xiǎo diàn)

(at a roadside stand)


Lǎo bǎn niáng, zhè ge bāo er duō shǎo qián?

Owner, how much is this purse?


Zhè shì chún pí de, sān bǎi wǔ shí bā kuài.

This is all leather, it’s 358 Yuan.


Wǒ lǎo zài nín jiā mǎi dōng xi. Nín hái bù gěi wǒ pián yi diǎn er?

I always shop in your store. Can you lower the price for me?


Hǎo hǎo, dàn zhè shì xīn kuǎn, zhǐ néng gěi nǐ dǎ gè jiǔ zhé.

Okay, okay, but this is the new style. I can only give you ten per cent off.


Nà suàn le, wǒ hái shì zài zhuàn zhuan ba.

Forget it then. I’ll just look around elsewhere.


Āi, bié zǒu bié zǒu. (dī shēng shuō) zhè yàng, wǒ gěi nǐ dǎ gè qī zhé? Èr bǎi wǔ   shí kuài zěn me yàng?

Hey, don’t leave, don’t walk away. (lowers her voice) How about this, I’ll give you thirty per cent off? How does 250 Yuan sound?


Èn, hǎo.

Um, good.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

老板娘:female store owner



皮:genuine leather


您家:your store

便宜点儿:lower the price

新款:new style

打九折:ten per cent off

算了:forget it

再转转:walk (look) around

别走:don’t walk away

这样:how about this

打七折:thirty per cent off

怎么样:how does… sound

Cultural/Grammar note:

老板娘is a polite way to refer to a female store owner.

Mandarin Chinese learning resources we recommend:

Italki Logo
Using Italki, a unique system of learning Mandarin Chinese where you interact with real teachers, is widely recognised as an effective way to learn a new language! You’ll make more progress and learn how native Chinese speakers really speak. Plus, Italki is more affordable than offline tutors, offline schools and software, and is convenient to use at your own pace and place!

Keats Chinese School
Keats Chinese School, which was founded in 2004, is one of the top Mandarin Chinese language schools in China, offering both one-on-one immersion Mandarin courses and small group Chinese classes. Located in Kunming, Keats develops personalised exercises and materials for students to meet their learning goals and requirements and can arrange a student visa for its 16 week course.

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