When you search the internet, how are you is translated into Chinese as 你好吗 [nǐ hǎo ma], which is the most common and simple way that people usually say how are you in Chinese.
|A:||你好吗？||nǐ hǎo ma？||How are you?|
|B:||我很好，谢谢。你呢？||wǒ hěn hǎo，xiè xiè。nǐ ne？||I’m fine, thank you. And you?|
|A:||我也很好，谢谢。||wǒ yě hěn hǎo，xiè xiè。||I’m fine, too. Thank you.|
您好吗 [nín hǎo ma] – is often used to ask elderly person or someone who has higher rank than you to show your respect and kindness.
This phrase does not mean the speaker is trying to invite you for dinner or want to know what kind of food you have eaten. It just comes from the social behavior of Chinese people, since the food is really part of their culture.
Now you’ve learned some new Mandarin phrases to ask someone how are you in Chinese, do you know how to answer back? While there can be many ways to reply, here are some responses you can use in almost any situation.