5 Phrases To Use With Couriers

Communication with delivery men or women can be stressful without a working knowledge of Chinese. Fortunately, most couriers are available by phone (the contact information is often included in your item’s tracking information) and a simple text message or phone call will nip any issues in the bud.

Here are 5 useful phrases you can copy and paste into a text message to make things easier for both you and the person delivering your package. If you need to communicate over the phone, give the pinyin we’ve included below the Chinese characters a try.

1. Can you please leave the package in front of my door? I give permission and assume responsibility for the package. Thank you!

你能把包裹留在门口吗?我允许你把包裹留在门口,并且愿意承担丢失的风险。谢谢!
Nǐ néng bǎ bāoguǒ liú zài ménkǒu ma? Wǒ yǔnxǔ nǐ bǎ bāoguǒ liú zài ménkǒu, bìngqiě yuànyì chéngdān diūshī de fēngxiǎn. Xièxiè!

2. Please leave the package with security. Thank you!

麻烦把包裹留在保安室好吗?谢谢!
Máfan bǎ bāoguǒ liú zài bǎo’ān shì hǎo ma? Xièxiè!

3. Please leave the package with reception/front desk. Thank you!

麻烦把包裹留在前台接待处好吗?谢谢!
Máfan bǎ bāoguǒ liú zài qiántái jiēdài chù hǎo ma? Xièxiè!

4. I’m not home today. Can you please come tomorrow?

我今天正好不在家,你明天随时可以来吗?
Wǒ jīntiān zhènghǎo bù zàijiā, nǐ míngtiān suíshí kěyǐ lái ma?

5. I’m at home right now. Can you please come up?

我现在在家里,你能来。
Wǒ xiànzài zài jiālǐ, nǐ néng lái.