Languages › Mandarin How to Say "And" in Chinese Share Flipboard Email Print tumsasedgars / 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 June 30, 2019 Some English words have several possible Mandarin Chinese translations. Knowing when to use the correct word is one of the main challenges for both beginner-level Mandarin students and professional translators alike. For example, the English word for "can" has at least three possible Mandarin translations: 能 (néng), 可以 (kě yǐ), and 会 (huì). Another English word with multiple translations is “and.” You may think that there can be no possible variations for "and," but there are many different meanings for this word. It depends on the subtle nuances of the speaker or writer's meaning or the context in which this conjunction is used. Joining Nouns In sentences that combine nouns or noun phrases, there are three ways to say "and." All three of these connectors are interchangeable and commonly used. They are: Hé : 和Hàn : 和Gēn : 跟 Note that hé and hàn use the same character. The hàn pronunciation is most commonly heard in Taiwan. The example sentences are given first in English, followed by a transliteration in Chinese called pinyin, a Romanization system used to help beginners learn Mandarin. Pinyan transcribes the sounds of Mandarin using the Roman alphabet. Pinyin is most commonly used in Mainland China for teaching school children to read and it is also widely used in teaching materials designed for Westerners who wish to learn Mandarin. The sentences are then listed in Chinese characters in traditional and simplified forms where appropriate. He and I are colleagues.Wǒ hàn tā shì tóngshì.我和他是同事｡ Both pineapple and mango are good to eat.Fènglí hé mángguǒ dōu hěn hǎo chī.(traditional form) 鳳梨和芒果都很好吃｡(simplified form) 凤梨和芒果都很好吃｡ She and mom went for a walk.Tā gēn māma qù guàng jiē.她跟媽媽去逛街｡她跟妈妈去逛街｡ This pair of shoes and that pair of shoes are the same price.Zhè shuāng xié gēn nà shuāng xié jiàqian yíyàng.這雙鞋跟那雙鞋價錢一樣｡这双鞋跟那双鞋价钱一样｡ Joining Verbs The Mandarin Chinese character 也 (yě) is used to join verbs or verb phrases. It translates as either “and” or “also.” I like to watch movies and listen to music.Wǒ xǐhuan kàn diànyǐng yě xǐhuan tīng yīnyuè.我喜歡看電影也喜歡聽音樂｡我喜欢看电影也喜欢听音乐｡ He doesn’t like to go for walks and he doesn’t like to exercise.Tā bù xǐhuan guàng jiē yě bù xǐhuan yùndòng.他不喜歡逛街也不喜歡運動｡他不喜欢逛街也不喜欢运动｡ Other Transition Words There are a few Mandarin Chinese words that can be translated as “and,” but which more accurately mean “furthermore," “moreover,” or other such transition words. These words are sometimes used to show a cause-and-effect relationship between the two phrases. Chinese transition words include: Ér qiě - 而且: additionally Bìng qiě - 並且 (traditional) / 并且 (simplified): and; moreoverRán hòu - 然後 / 然后: and thenYǐ hòu - 以後 / 以后: and afterHái yǒu - 還有 / 还有: even more; on top of thatCǐ wài - 此外: furthermore Ér qiě 而且 additionally Bìng qiě 並且 (traditional)并且 (simplified) andmoreover Rán hòu 然後然后 and then Yǐ hòu 以後以后 and after Hái yǒu 還有还有 even moreon top of that Cǐ wài 此外 furthermore Sentence Examples of Transition Words As noted, the particular form of "and" that you use in Mandarin Chinese depends heavily on the context and meaning of the word. It can be helpful, therefore, to peruse some example sentences to see how the different forms of "and" are used in various contexts. This is a very good movie and (moreover) the music is very nice.Zhè bù diànyǐng hěnhǎokàn érqiě yīnyuè hěnhǎo tīng.這部電影很好看而且音樂很好聽｡这部电影很好看而且音乐很好听｡ This knapsack is very practical and (furthermore) the price is reasonable.Zhègè fángshuǐ bēibāo hěn shíyòng bìngqiě jiàgé hélǐ.這個防水背包很實用並且價格合理｡这个防水背包很实用并且价格合理｡ We can first go have dinner and then see a movie.Wǒmen xiān qù chī wǎncān ránhòu zài qù kàn diànyǐng.我們先去吃晚餐然後再去看電影｡我们先去吃晚餐然后再去看电影｡ Eat dinner, and then you can eat dessert.Chī wán wǎncān yǐhòu jiù néng chī tián diǎn.吃完晚餐以後就能吃甜點。吃完晚餐以后就能吃甜点。 I'm cold because I didn't wear enough clothes, and on top of that it's snowing now.Wǒ lěng yīnwèi wǒ chuān bùgòu yīfú, hái yǒu xiànzài xià xuěle.我冷因為我穿不夠衣服，還有現在下雪了。我冷因为我穿不够衣服，还有现在下雪了。 Let's quickly go see the cherry blossoms. The weather is nice today, furthermore it will rain tomorrow.Wǒmen kuài qù kàn yīnghuā. 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