Languages › Mandarin Daily Mandarin Lesson: "Busy" in Chinese How to ask "Are You Busy?" and more Share Flipboard Email Print 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 May 03, 2019 The word for “busy” in Mandarin Chinese is 忙 (máng). Find out how 忙 is often used in conversation. Pronunciation 忙 is pronounced in the 2nd tone, also written as mang2. Greeting Exchange When greeting friends, it is common to ask they are busy to see if they have time to talk or hang out. In this case, you would ask 你忙不忙 (nǐ máng bù máng). When replying, you can say that you are 太忙 (tài máng), which means "too busy." But if have more time on your hands, you will likely say 不忙 (bù máng), which means "not busy." Or, you could say 还好 (hái hǎo), which means "so-so" or "still okay." This exchange could sound like: 你好！你忙不忙？Nǐ hǎo! Nǐ máng bù máng?Hello! Are you busy?今天工作很困，太忙了。Jīn tiān gōng zuò hěn kùn, wǒ tài máng le.Work is really rough today, I'm too busy.哦那我们明天见吧.Ó nà wǒmen míngtiān jiàn ba.Oh, then let's meet tomorrow. Or, 喂! 你忙不忙?Wèi! Nǐ máng bù máng?Hey! Are you busy?不忙,今天我有空.Bù máng jīntiān wǒ yǒu kòng.Not busy, I'm free today.太好了！我们见面吧.Tài hǎo le! Wǒ men jiàn miàn ba.Great! Let's meet up then. Sentence Examples Here are more examples of how you can use 忙 in a sentence: 他們都很忙 (traditional form)他们都很忙 (simplified form)Tāmen dōu hěn máng.All of them are busy. 功课那么多，我真的太忙啊!Gōngkè nàme duō, wǒ zhēn de tài máng a!There's so much homework, I really am too busy! 今天我很忙Jīntiān wǒ hěn máng.I am very busy today.