[glossary_exclude]Even if you didn’t come to China to learn Chinese, after a while some Chinese words are bound to end up in your vocabulary. It’s just how it is when you live in a different place where they speak a different language. There’s no way around some words and this is even more true when it comes to food, because in many cases there is no suitable translation, and to capture the meaning would take a very long description.
Everybody knows that a foreign person in China is simply a laowai. I don’t know anyone who, after more than one month in China, says “I feel like steamed bun with meat and vegetables”. Instead people say “I could go for Baozi”. Trust me, after a couple of weeks in China a sentence like “I can’t believe this place, they want 40 kuai for a qingdao” or “What?! No gongbao gaifan?!” will sound perfectly natural to you.
So instead of learning all of this useful vocab the hard way and one by one, here’s a compilation of all useful Chinese words every laowai should be familiar with. Naturally, this glossary is food oriented.[/glossary_exclude]
By the way, I am not doing this because I’m nice, I am doing this because I am lazy. Thanks to the miracles of technology I won’t have to explain these words every time I use them in this website. Instead, the definition will appear when you hover over them (like a steam cloud over a baozi stand).
I hope you find this glossary useful. If you think of a word that should be on this list but it’s not, feel free to contact me.