How to Say You Want Something ‘to go’ in Chinese


The beginning learner of Mandarin might have fun with the word for ‘carry out’ in Chinese, especially with so many Chinese restaurants around the world. It is a combination of the words ‘carry’ and ‘walk’ or ‘go away:’ dai4 zou3 ( 带 走 ). Another way to say it is by combining the words ‘outside’ and ‘carry’: wai4 dai4 ( 外 带 ) The next time you go in to a Chinese restaurant and you want them to box up your Chicken Chow Mein, just say, “Chicken Chow Mein. Dai4zou3.” If they don’t get it, say “Wai4dai4.” They say it different ways in different parts of China. You might need say it twice because they are not used to non-Chinese speaking Mandarin!  Learn at little more about  ordering in Chinese here.

3 thoughts on “How to Say You Want Something ‘to go’ in Chinese

  1. Nice post James! I think it’s often these details that are hardest to pick up for those of us learning Chinese. I think this is one instance where, if you think about it, the Chinese actually makes more sense and is less arbitrary than the English. If I was a Chinese person learning English, I would ask: where do you want my Chow Mein to go?

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