5 ways to say 'good' in Chinese

December 08, 2021

You may already know that "hǎo 好" means "good" in Chinese. But if you want to spice up your vocabulary a little more, here are five more ways to say "good" in Mandarin.

太好了

Tài hǎole
That's great!

This is a perfect way to express how pleased you are with something.

You might also recognize this grammar structure as one of the ways to use le 了 in Chinese

Level: HSK 1

漂亮

Piàoliang
Well done!

We hear this quite a bit on the sports field, when someone takes a good shot. In case you were wondering, 漂亮 also means "beautiful" in Chinese.

Level: HSK 1

真棒

Zhēn bàng
Excellent!

Use this for something that is really first class.

Level: HSK 4

赞/太赞了

Zàn/tài zànle
Amazing!

Incidentally, 赞 is also the word for "to like/give a thumbs up" on Chinese social media, with the full phrase being "diǎn zàn 点赞".

Level: HSK 5

了不起

Liǎobùqǐ
Terrific!

This is an excellent phrase for something that cannot be beat.

Level: HSK 5

5 ways to say good in Chinese