Ask and answer price in Chinese

If you’re planning a trip to Taiwan or engaging in business dealings with Taiwanese companies, it’s essential to know how to express price in Chinese. Taiwan has its unique monetary system and currency, and it’s crucial to learn how to express price accurately and correctly in Chinese. In this article, we will guide you through the basics of expressing price in Taiwan.

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Taiwanese Currency System

Taiwan uses the New Taiwan Dollar (NTD) as its currency. The symbol for the New Taiwan Dollar is “NT$” or “台幣” (ㄊㄞˊ ㄅㄧˋ) in Chinese. Notes come in denominations of NT$100, NT$500, NT$1,000, along with some rare NT$200 and NT$2,000 bills. Coins come in denominations of NT$1, NT$5, NT$10 and NT$50. The New Taiwan dollar’s subdivisions, or cents, are not commonly used in consumer transactions because most products are sold in whole dollars. However, banks do keep track of cents.

Basic numbers in Chinese

Before we dive into expressing prices, let’s first learn some basic Chinese words for numbers:


The words 錢, 元, and 塊

Understanding the different words used for expressing price in Taiwan is important for effective communication in daily transactions.

Bubble tea saying money in chinese

The most commonly used word for money in Taiwan is “” (ㄑㄧㄢˊ), which literally means “money”. It is also used to refer to small amounts of money or loose change.

The word “” (ㄩㄢˊ) is used to describe the unit of currency in Taiwan. It is equivalent to one dollar, and is used for expressing the price of most products and services. When used in combination with numbers, it can express larger amounts of money. For example, “五百元” means “five hundred dollars.” The word “元” is also used for expressing monetary value in formal settings, such as on receipts, invoices, and bank statements.

The word “” (ㄎㄨㄞˋ) is another way of expressing one dollar, and it is more commonly used in casual conversations. It is also used to express price in a more conversational tone, and is often used in street markets or small stores.

ㄩㄢˊyuánDollar (formal)
ㄎㄨㄞˋkuàiDollar (conversational)

Asking how much it costs in Chinese

To ask how much something costs, you can simply say “多少錢?” (ㄉㄨㄛ ㄕㄠˇ ㄑㄧㄢˊ?), which means “how much does it cost?”. To specify the item you’re asking the price for, you can use “這個” (this) or “那個” (that) before “多少錢?” while pointing at the object.

多少錢?ㄉㄨㄛ ㄕㄠˇ ㄑㄧㄢˊ ?duō shǎo qián?How much does it cost?

Answering the price in Chinese

And if you want to answer the price, you can just say:

Something + number + 塊 (錢) / 元

For example:

  • 這個蛋糕一百塊 (ㄓㄜˋ ㄍㄜˋ ㄉㄢˋ ㄍㄠ ㄧ ㄅㄞˇ ㄎㄨㄞˋ) – This cake is 100 NT dollars.
  • 那件衣服兩百五十元 (ㄋㄚˋ ㄐㄧㄢˋ ㄧ ㄈㄨˊ ㄌㄧㄤˇ ㄅㄞˇ ㄨˇ ㄕˊ ㄩㄢˊ) – That piece of clothing is 250 NT dollars.

How are discounts expressed in Chinese?

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Discounts in Chinese are expressed as “折扣” (ㄓㄜ ㄎㄡˋ – zhékòu), which literally means “to fold and cut“. However, expressing discounts in Chinese can be a bit tricky to understand at first. Instead of being expressed as a percentage reduction of the original price, discounts are expressed as a percentage of the original price.

For example, “9折” means that the product costs 90% of the original price, which is a 10% discount. “8折” means that the product costs 80% of the original price, which is a 20% discount. “7折” means that the product costs 70% of the original price, which is a 30% discount, and so on.

When you hear the price, you may want to ask if there is any discount available. You can say “有沒有折扣?” (ㄧㄡˇ ㄇㄟˊ ㄧㄡˇ ㄓㄜ ㄎㄡˋ ?), which means “Is there any discount?” or “打折嗎?” (ㄉㄚˇ ㄓㄜ ㄇㄚˊ ?), which means “Is there a sale?” For example:

  • 這件衣服有沒有折扣? (ㄓㄜˋ ㄐㄧㄢˋ ㄧ ㄈㄨˊ ㄧㄡˇ ㄇㄟˊ ㄧㄡˇ ㄓㄜ ㄎㄡˋ ?) – Is there any discount for this piece of clothing?
  • 這個產品打折嗎? (ㄓㄜˋ ㄍㄜˋ ㄔㄢˇ ㄆㄧㄣˇ ㄉㄚˇ ㄓㄜ ㄇㄚˊ ?) – Is there a sale for this product?

If a product originally costs 100 New Taiwan Dollars and is currently being sold at a discounted price of 8折, the seller would say “一百元,打八折,八十元” (ㄧ ㄅㄞˇ ㄩㄢˊ , ㄉㄚˇ ㄅㄚ ㄓㄜ , ㄅㄚ ㄕˊ ㄩㄢˊ), which translates to “The original price is 100 New Taiwan Dollars, with a 20% discount, the discounted price is 80 New Taiwan Dollars”.

It’s worth noting that discounts are not always expressed as percentages. Sometimes, discounts are expressed in monetary terms, such as “減十元” (ㄐㄧㄢˇ ㄕˊ ㄩㄢˊ), which means “reduce by ten New Taiwan Dollars”.

One of other most common discounts in Taiwan is the “buy one, get one free” promotion, which is translated as “買一送一” (ㄇㄞˇ ㄧ ㄙㄨㄥˋ ㄧ). You may also come across “買二送一”, which means “buy two, get one free”, “買三送一”, which means “buy three, get one free”, and so on.

Extra vocabulary

This is a list of extra vocabulary words related to price and shopping in Chinese.

價格ㄐㄧㄚˋ ㄍㄜˊ jià géPrice
購物ㄍㄡˋ ㄨˋgòu wùShopping
花費ㄏㄨㄚ ㄈㄟˋ huā fèiCost, expense
特價ㄊㄜˋ ㄐㄧㄚˋtè jiàSpecial price
買單ㄇㄞˇ ㄉㄢ mǎi dānTo pay the bill
現金ㄒㄧㄢˋ ㄐㄧㄣxiàn jīnCash
信用卡ㄒㄧㄣˋ ㄩㄥˋ ㄑㄧㄚˇxìn yòng kǎCredit card
超市ㄔㄠ ㄕˋ chāo shìSupermarket
商店ㄕㄤ ㄉㄧㄢˋ shāng diànStore
跳價ㄊㄧㄠˋ ㄐㄧㄚˋ tiào jiàPrice jump, sudden increase in price
退貨ㄊㄨㄟˋ ㄏㄨㄛˋ tuì huòReturn of goods
消費ㄒㄧㄠ ㄈㄟˋ xiāo fèiConsumption, spending
消費者ㄒㄧㄠ ㄈㄟˋ ㄓㄜˇxiāo fèi zhěConsumer
節省ㄐㄧㄝˊ ㄕㄥˇ jié shěngSave money
售價ㄕㄡˋ ㄐㄧㄚˋ shòu jiàSelling price
現貨ㄒㄧㄢˋ ㄏㄨㄛˋxiàn huòGoods in stock

In conclusion, learning how to express price in Chinese is crucial for anyone planning a trip to Taiwan. By mastering the basics of expressing price in Chinese, you’ll be able to communicate effectively with locals and negotiate prices confidently in traditional markets or small shops.

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