10 Words to Speak Chinese like a Beijinger

1. 自个儿 Oneself


He ate his meal by himself. He didn’t ask anyone else to eat with him.

自个儿, It has the same meaning as 自己.

2. 哥们儿 Good Male Friend


Daming is my very good friend.

You can say 姐们儿 for a female friend.

3. 今儿 Today


Today is pretty good.


He’s at home today. You’ll definitely find him if you go today.

Besides 今儿, you can also say 明儿, 昨儿, 后儿。By the way, at the end of the sentence, 错儿 is also Beijinghua.

4. 头儿 Boss


My boss said we all have to work overtime tonight.

5. 有面儿 Have face, Feel Honored or Pride


My boyfriend drives a BMW. I think this really gives me face.

6. 想法儿 Think about a Method


I need to think of a method to find this person.

法 in 想法儿 is fá ,not fǎ.

7. 劲儿 Strong, Strength


People who eat meat are very strong. Look at my good friend. He eats meat every day and he is very strong.

8. 关门儿 Close or Shut


What time does your restaurant close?

9. 门脸儿 Front Gate)


My shop’s store front is facing east and has a big red sign. You will see it around the corner.

10. 没事儿 It’s Nothing


Do we still have things to do boss?


If no, maybe we can close early today?

Kristen Carusos is from Atlanta, Georgia in the United States. She graduated from Kennesaw State University with a major in International Affairs and a minor in French. She studied abroad in China for the first time in Shanghai in 2010 and again in 2011 at Beijing Language and Culture University. She graduated and moved to Beijing in 2012 and has been studying Chinese since then. She works in the Marketing Department at the Sinology Institute.