Using the word 'Mien' will suffice, but when referring to handpulled noodles, then we'll use 'LaMien' for finesse.
Sway Tsiao = dumplings
Exercise: We had 3 bowls of LaMien, 3 bottles of cola, and a plate of dumplings. Translation (San keh LaMien, San keh Cola, Eee keh SwayTsiao).
Was that easy or what?
Note: Mandarin, like many languages, is very much dependent on proper pronunciation, such that a minor change in inflection changes the whole meaning. So it is important to get it right the first time.
However, unlike English whose grammar and tenses are much complicated, the structure of Mandarin (or Nihonggo) is so straight-forward that learning the BASICS is actually EASY.
The only challenge actually is MASTERING the language since the vocabulary is so large, and the myriad of the way a word can be pronounced.
It pays to know a little bit of foreign languages here and there, for shopping and dining purposes. Enjoy!
It is true that one may become rich through practicing evil, but the power of Truth and Justice is that they endure... and that a man can say of them, "They are a heritage from my father." - from the book DUNE