6 Quick and Dirty Chinese Words: How to talk about Flavors in Mandarin Chinese

Here is a quick and dirty list of words that you can use to talk about flavors in Mandarin Chinese, they won’t be poetic, but you’ll be able to express yourself clearer:

1. 苦 (adj)  – kǔ – Bitter

 一点苦的绿色蔬菜

yì diǎn kǔ de lǜsè shūcài
A bitter green vegetable

2. 辣 (adj) – là – Spicy

太辣了有点刺痛

tài là le yǒudiǎn cìtòng
so spicy that is smarts

3. 味道 (n) – wèidào – Taste

恶心的味道

ěxīn de wèidao
disgusting taste

4. 酸 (adj) – suān – Sour

酸柠檬

suān níngméng
sour lemons

5. 咸 (adj)- xián – Salty

咸土豆片

xián tǔdòupiàn
salty chips

6. 甜 (adj) – tián – Sweet

甜糕点

tiángāodiǎn
sweet pastry

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