If you’re a beginning Mandarin student, chances are you’re eager to learn some of the most fundamental Chinese words and also phrases. After “hello” and also “my name is,” finding out to say “no” in Chinese is likely close to the peak of your list. Read this article to discover 10 ways to refusage someone through style.

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Mastering the different ways to say “no” in Chinese is an excellent method to make your Chinese sound authentic.


Essential Vocabulary for Saying No in Chinese

HànzìPīnyīnDefinition
不是bùshì (pronounced "búshì")no/incorrect
不是的bùshìde (pronounced "búshìde")no/incorrect
no (abrupt, deserve to be impolite)
不对bùduì (pronounced "búduì")no/incorrect
不行bùxíngno (can be impolite)
不可以bù kěyǐno, can"t/might not
不可能bù kěnéngimpossible/no way (can be impolite)
不用bùyòng (pronounced "búyòng")no, many thanks (polite)
没有méiyǒuno
不好意思bù hǎoyìsi + explanationsorry (polite)
抱歉bàoqiàn + explanationsorry (polite)
不会bùhuì (pronounced "búhuì")No, can"t
不要bù yào (pronounced "búyào")No, do not desire to/do not desire it
不喜欢bù xǐhuānNo, don"t like it