Greeting in Mandarin Chinese

1.你好! (Nǐ hǎo!)

你好! (Nǐ hǎo!) means ‘hello’ or ‘hi’. When people say ‘你好! (Nǐ hǎo!)’ to you, you can respond by saying ‘你好! (Nǐ hǎo!)’  in return.

Pay attention to the following dialogue!

迈克尔 (Màikè’ěr): 你好! (Nǐ hǎo!)

马丁(Mǎdīng): 你好! (Nǐ hǎo!)

2. 你好吗? (Nǐ hǎo ma?)

你好吗? (Nǐ hǎo ma?) means ‘How are you?’, and when people say 你好吗? (Nǐ hǎo ma?) to you, you can answer 我很好 (Wǒ hěn hǎo) which means ‘I am very well’. If you don’t feel very well, you can say 不太好 (Bù tài hǎo) which means ‘Not so good’.

Please pay attention to the following dialogue!

安妮 (Ānnī):大卫, 你好吗?

大卫 (Dàwèi):我很好。你呢 ? (Wǒ hěn hǎo. Nǐ ne?)

安妮 (Ānnī):我不太好(Wǒ bù tài hǎo)

3. 好久不见 (Hǎojiǔ bùjiàn)

好久不见 (Hǎojiǔ bùjiàn) means ‘long time no see’. You can use this phrase if you don’t meet somebody for quite long time. And the respond to this phrase is just the same ‘好久不见 (Hǎojiǔ bùjiàn)’.

4. 早上好 (Zǎoshang hǎo)

早上好 (Zǎoshang hǎo) means ‘Good morning’.

5. 下午好 (Xiàwǔ hǎo!)

下午好 (Xiàwǔ hǎo!) means ‘good afternoon’.

6. 晚上好 (Wǎnshàng hǎo)

晚上好 (Wǎnshàng hǎo) means ‘Good evening’.

7. 再见 (Zàijiàn)

再见 (Zàijiàn) means ‘See you again’ or ‘good bye’.


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