Ordering Bubble Tea

Ordering Bubble Tea

Bubble tea is a hugely popular in Taiwan, China and the US. Personally, I just don’t get it. Those tapioca pearls are just weird. But if you like them, you can turn the ordering process into a Mandarin learning event.

Learn how to order bubble tea

Listen to the first video and then return here to sharpen your skills with the dialog below.

Use the dialog table below to practice the sentences. Click on the name in the first column and you will hear how the pinyin is pronounced. Then read it on your own. You get extra credit if you use the voice recorder to listen to correct any mispronunciations.

PinyinChineseEnglish
姑娘Xiǎobēi, zhōngbēi, dàbēi 小杯,中杯,大杯Small cup, medium cup, large cup
姑娘Zhèngcháng, qīfēn, bàntáng, wǔfēn táng, sānfēn táng,wútáng 正常,七分,半糖,五分,三分,无糖Full sweet, 70%, 50% 30%, no sweeteners
姑娘Zhèngcháng, qùbīng, 正常,去冰,Regular, no ice
姑娘Rède, tàngde 热的,烫的Warm, Hot
姑娘Jīntiān yào shénme? 今天要什么?What do you want today?
姑娘Wǒ yào yī bēi zhēnzhūnǎichá 我要一杯珍珠奶茶I want a cup of bubble tea.
姑娘Dà bēi de 大杯的Big cup
姑娘Sān fēn táng 三分糖30% sweetner
姑娘Qù bīng 去冰No ice
帅哥Nǐ hǎo,jīntiān yào hēdiǎn shénme? 你好,今天要喝点什么?Hi, what do you want to drink today?
姑娘Wǒ yào yībēi zhēnzhūnǎichá 我要一杯珍珠奶茶I want a cup of bubble tea.
帅哥Bīng kuài,tián dù? 冰块,甜度?Ice? Sweetners?
姑娘Dà bēi de, Sān fēn táng, Qù bīng 大杯的,三分糖,去冰Big cup, a little sugar, no ice.
Improve your pronunciation! After listening to the audio, try recording your own voice. Click here to repeat the last audio played

Vocabulary

PinyinEnglish
正常zhèngchángregular
bēicup
hot
tàngscalding hot
seven
half
bàn
tángsugar
珍珠zhēnzhūpearl
奶茶nǎichámilktea