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:
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.
|A:||喂? 您好，请问您是哪位？||wéi ? nín hǎo，qǐng wèn nín shì nǎ wèi？||Hello. May I ask who is calling?|
|B:||我是Lily。||wǒ shì Lily。||I’m Lily.|
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.”
|A:||你吃了吗？||nǐ chī le ma？||Have you eaten?|
|B:||吃了，你呢？||chī le，nǐ ne ？||I’ve eaten, how about you?|
|A:||还没。||hái méi 。||Not yet.|
|A:||你要去哪里？||nǐ yào qù nǎ lǐ？||Where are you going?|
|B:||我去一下超市。||wǒ qù yí xià chāo shì。||I'm going to the supermarket.|
|A:||在干嘛呢？||zài gàn má ne？||What are you doing?|
|B:||没干嘛。||méi gàn má。||Nothing.|
If you want to greet people that you haven’t seen in a while and more, you can express your miss inside your sentences.
|A:||最近怎么样？||zuì jìn zěn me yàng？||How is it going recently?|
|B:||挺好的。||tǐng hǎo de。||Pretty good.|
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