The most common and simple way to say Hello in Chinese
One of the first things when we study a new language is learning how to greet people. In Chinese, we usually say你好 [nǐ hǎo] when we greet people. And if you want to be more polite, you can say 您好 [nín hǎo]. And if you say hello to many people, you should say 大家好 [dà jiā hǎo]. Today learn "How To Say Hello In Chinese?". Here are some common expressions of hello in Chinese below:
你好 [nǐ hǎo] – Hello. Hi.
您好 [nín hǎo] – Hello. It is a polite way to say hello in Chinese.
喂 [wéi] – Hello. It is often used when answering the phone. 喂 [wéi] is widely accepted when answering the phone, and if you want to be polite you can add 你好 [nǐ hǎo] or 您好 [nín hǎo] after it.
wéi ? nín hǎo，qǐng wèn nín shì nǎ wèi？
Hello. May I ask who is calling?
wǒ shì Lily。
Unique ways of saying hello in Chinese according to Chinese culture
In ancient China, Chinese people didn’t have enough food to eat, thus people were most concerned about whether a person was able to get enough food. As time went on, the habit of asking 你吃了吗？[nǐ chī le ma？] “Have you eaten?” became a common way to greet and has been passed on to many generations till now. If you have eaten already, you can answer 吃了，你呢？[ chī le, nǐ ne？], which means “I’ve eaten, how about you?” If you haven’t eaten yet, you can simply respond 还没 [ hái méi], which means “not yet.”
你吃了吗？[nǐ chī le ma？] – Have you eaten? For example:
nǐ chī le ma？
Have you eaten?
chī le，nǐ ne ？
I’ve eaten, how about you?
hái méi 。
你要去哪里？[nǐ yào qù nǎ lǐ？] – Where are you going? For example: