Toll Free - U.S.& Canada:  1-800-791-9386   Hong Kong:  800-930-623   Australia:  1-800-779-835
Free online Chinese learning support
  • Follow us on Facebook!
  • Watch Our YouTube Videos!
  • Follow us on Twitter!
  • Follow us on WeChat!
    Follow Us in WeChat by Scanning!
    Follow Us in "WeChat"
    by Scanning
  • Follow us on LinkedIn
  • Explore Our Instagram Videos & Photos!
United Kingdom:  0-800-086-8969   Germany:  0-800-180-0341   Singapore:  800-130-1652
France:  0-805-080-689   Spain:  900-838-906    

All You Need to Know about “diàn tī (电梯) Elevator” in Chinese

Jun. 9, 2022

Yesterday, Xiao Hong wanted to go shopping with one of her friends Xiao Lan, and they made an appointment to meet each other at the diàn tī (电梯) elevator in a shopping mall. Later she waited for Xiao Lan at the diàn tī (电梯) elevator, but only to find Xiao Lan did not show up on time.

What happened? Xiao Hong called her friend and here is their conversation:

Xiǎo hóng: Nǐ zài nǎ’er xiǎo lán? Wǒ zài diàn tī zhè’er méi yǒu kàn dào nǐ.
小       红:你 在 哪 儿  小   兰? 我   在   电 梯  这 儿  没   有   看    到 你。
Xiao Hong: “Where are you Xiao Lan? I didn’t see you at the elevator.”

Xiǎo lán: Wǒ jiù zài èr lóu diàn tī zhè’er, wǒ dōu dào le shí fēn zhōng le.
小    兰:我  就  在 二  楼  电  梯  这 儿,我 都  到  了 十   分     钟   了。
Xiao Lan: “I am right here at the elevator on the second floor. I arrived here 10 minutes ago.”

Xiǎo hóng: Qí guài, wǒ yě zài èr lóu!
小       红:奇   怪,我  也  在 二 楼!
Xiao Hong: “It’s weird, I’m also on the second floor!”

Xiǎo lán: Wǒ zài nài kè diàn páng biān de fú tī,  nǐ ne?
小    兰:我  在   耐 克   店     旁     边  的 扶 梯,你 呢?
Xiao Lan: “I’m at the escalator near the Nike store, and you?”

Xiǎo hóng: Āi, wǒ zhī dào wèi shé me wǒ men hù xiāng zhǎo bù dào le, wǒ zài dōng bian jiǎo luò de zhí tī,  bù zài fú tī nà’er.
小       红:哎,我  知  道  为   什  么   我   们    互   相      找   不  到  了,我 在    东     边   角   落  的  直 梯,不 在 扶梯 那 儿。
Xiao Hong: “Ah now I know why we couldn’t find each other! I am at the elevator or lift on the east corner, not the escalator!”

In China, diàn tī (电梯) elevator is a general term, normally there are three types of diàn tī (电梯) elevator: zhí tī (直梯) elevator,fú tī (扶梯) escalator and zì dòng bù dào (自动步道) travelator or moving pavement.

HSK 3 quiz

Usually, when we talk about diàn tī (电梯) elevator, there are two phrases we often use: chéng diàn tī (乘电梯) and chéng zuò fú tī (乘坐扶梯). “chéng (乘)” is used as a verb, it means to ride or to drive“. chéng zuò (乘坐)” is also a verb, which means to take or to sit.

HSK 3 quiz

Chéng diàn tī (乘电梯): Take an elevator or a lift/by elevator or lift

Examples:

Qǐng nín chéng diàn tī dào sān lóu.
请      您    乘      电  梯  到   三  楼。
Please take the lift to the 3rd floor.

Tā měi tiān chéng diàn tī shàng xià.
她  每   天     乘      电   梯   上    下。
Every day she takes the lift up and down.

HSK 3 quiz

Chéng zuò fú tī (乘坐扶梯): Take an escalator/by escalator

Examples:

Ràng wǒ men chéng zuò fú tī shàng lóu ba.
让     我    们       乘     坐  扶 梯  上    楼  吧。
let’s take the escalator upstairs.

Wǒ bù xiǎng chéng zuò zì dòng fú tī,wǒ men zǒu lóu tī ba.
我   不    想      乘     坐   自   动  扶  梯,我  们   走   楼  梯 吧。
I don’t want to take the elevator, let’s take the stairs.

Here are some phrases or sentences you might need to use when it comes to diàn tī (电梯) elevator:

HSK 3 quiz

1. Jìn diàn tī (进电梯):Get into the lift

Wǒ jìn diàn tī le ,yī huì ér dǎ gěi nǐ.
我  进    电 梯 了,一 会 儿 打  给  你。
I’m getting into the lift, I’ll call you later.

2. Chū diàn tī (出电梯): Get off/out

Nín yào chū diàn tī ma?
您    要   出   电  梯 吗?
Are you getting off?

3. Wǒ yào qù sān lóu, xiè xiè.
我        要  去  3    楼,谢  谢。
Could you hit number 3 for me please?

4. Wǒ shǒu shàng dōng xī tài duō le ,  wǒ yào qù liù lóu, kě yǐ bāng wǒ àn yī xià ma ?xiè xiè .
我         手     上       东   西  太  多  了,我 要   去   6  楼,可以   帮    我  按 一 下  吗?谢  谢。
My hands are full, could you hit number 6 for me please? Thanks.

Have you mastered the knowledge about diàn tī (电梯) elevator? What other things that you want to learn about people’s daily life in Chinese? You’re welcome to share with us in the section below!

You May Want to Learn More :

“Easy Chinese Words and Phrases for Speaking about Movies (Pt. 2)”

“Easy Chinese Words and Phrases for Speaking about Movies (Pt. 1)”

”The Secret of Speaking Like the Locals – Chinese Slangs”

HSK 1 quiz

Got questions? Take a free 1-to-1 lesson with one of our professional teachers by signing up below:
Name: 
E-mail: 
Country/Region: 
-select-

search no result

Tel: 
By clicking Submit, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
Your email address and phone number
will be kept STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.
Submit

Write a comment

Your Name: 
Your Email:  Your email address will not be published.
Comments: 
Verification Code:  Verification Code Unclear? Try another one
By clicking Submit, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
Email This Article
Recipients' email addresses:
(separate recipients with comma)
Your name:
Your e-mail address (optional):
Your message (optional):
Verification Code:
By clicking Send, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.


Get 11 FREE Mandarin E-books
Sign up for a free trial now!
Get more information about our Chinese lessons through live chat
Get a FREE live 1-to-1 lesson and FREE e-books. Complete the form below:
Name:
E-mail:
Country/Region:
-select-

search no result

Tel:
By clicking Submit, you agree to our
Terms of Service
and Privacy Policy.
Your email address and phone number
will be kept STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.