A QUICK RESPONSE TO ANY QUESTION IN CHINESE
As a result, if you’re walking through Beijing or Shanghai, you might come across someone who asks you a question in Chinese. When I initially went abroad to study, locals would approach me and ask me questions, and as a Chinese American, I would have no idea what to reply or even what they were asking.
As a result, the go-to phrase for everyone is:
Bu4 zhi1 dao4 – Pinyin (i.e. Latin script transcription of Chinese words):
Meaning: The truth is, I’m not sure.
I guarantee you, i’ts very convenient.
“dui4 bu qi3” (对不起) can also be added at the end.
To show that you’re not a complete jerk.