Languages › Mandarin How to Say "Dad" in Chinese Learn to Write and Pronounce the Chinese Character for "Dad" Share Flipboard Email Print Images By Tang Ming Tung / Getty Images Mandarin Vocabulary Mandarin History and Culture Pronunciation Understanding Chinese Characters By Qiu Gui Su Chinese Language Expert Qiu Gui Su is a native Mandarin speaker who has taught Mandarin Chinese for over 20 years. our editorial process Qiu Gui Su Updated February 04, 2019 Family relations are important in China, and traditionally, the father is the head of the household. There are many ways of saying "father" or "dad" in Chinese, but the most colloquial way is the focus of this article. Chinese Characters 爸爸 ( bàba) means dad, or father, in Chinese. It is an informal term. The character is written the same way in both simplified and traditional Chinese. Sometimes, 爸爸 is colloquially shortened to just 爸. Pronunciation The pinyin for 爸 is "bà," which means the character is pronounced in the 4th tone. But when saying 爸爸, the second 爸 is unaccented. Thus in terms of tone numbers, 爸爸 can also be written as ba4 ba. Other Terms for "Dad" As mentioned earlier, there are other ways to say "dad" in Chinese depending on a degree of formality and region. Here are a few examples: 父亲 (fùqīn): father, a more formal term 爹 (diē): dad, also informal and a regional term Sentence Examples Using Bàba Wǒ bà shì yīshēng.我爸是醫生。(traditional Chinese)我爸是医生。(simplified Chinese)My dad is a doctor. Tā shì wǒ bàba.他是我爸爸｡He is my father. Regarding this last sentence, note that when you are saying "my father", "my mother" and so on, you normally don't add 的 to indicate familiarity, ie: 他是我的爸爸. It's not technically wrong, but it's also not usually said amongst native speakers.