How to say ‘except’ or ‘besides’ in Chinese

While in the Taiwanese mountains a few weeks ago I came across this sign which serves as a great example of how to use ‘except’ or ‘besides’ in Mandarin. The sign reads:

Chúle zhàopiàn, shénme dōu bùyào dài zǒu
Except for photographs. don’t take anything away

The scenery was amazing, so I was definitely taking my fair share of photos, though I think the message on the sign referred to not picking the beautiful flowers that were growing in the area. Anyway, the part of the above sentence we’re most interested in is the beginning:


except for, apart from, besides, in addition to

You can make use of this word in loads of ways. Here’s a few examples:

Chúle jīròu, wǒ shénme ròu dōu bù chī
Other than chicken I don’t eat any meat.

Chúle xué zhōngwén, wǒ yě xǐhuan kàn diànyǐng
In addition to learning Chinese, I also like to watch movies.

To make the sentences a bit clearer you could also use the 除了…以外. The meaning is the same, it’s just adds a bit more distinction between the subject and other item(s) you’re talking about for instance:

Chúleyǐwài, dōu méiyǒu rén yào qù
Apart from him, no one wants to go.

Lastly, here’s a useful way to say “other than this”, that you can use when listing stuff, or when you need time to think when expressing your thoughts:


Chú cǐ yǐwài
Other than this…, apart from this

Wǒ xǐhuan páshān, dǎ zúqiú, hái yǒu mànpǎo, chú cǐ yǐwài wǒ ǒu’ěr yě huì dǎ wǎngqiú
I like to hike, play football, and jog. Other than these I also sometimes play tennis.

Got any other useful examples for 除了? Post ’em below.

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