Chinese Vocabularies

14 Most common ways to greeting in Chinese 14种常用的打招呼方式

Different ways to greeting your Chinese friends.

Way 1: to greeting anyone anytime

A: nǐ hǎo !
A: 你 好  !
hi!

B: nǐ hǎo !
B: 你 好  !
hi!


Way 2: to greeting the elder people and senior people or your customer anytime,to express respect.

A: nín hǎo !
A: 您  好  !
hi!

B: nín hǎo  /  nǐ hǎo !
B: 您  好   /  你 好  !
hi!


Way 3: to greeting acquaintance anytime.

A: nǐ hǎo mɑ ? /  nǐ zuì jìn hǎo mɑ ?
A: 你 好  吗 ? /  你 最  近  好  吗 ?
How are you? / How have you been lately?

B: wǒ hěn hǎo  /  hái bú cuò / lǎo yànɡ zi , xiè xiè!
B: 我 很  好   /  还  不 错  / 老  样   子 , 谢  谢 !
Fine/Good/As usual,thank you!


Way 4: to greeting your teacher anytime.

A: lǎo shī hǎo !
A: 老  师  好  !
hi,teaacher

B: nǐ hǎo !
B: 你 好  !
hi!(,A)


Way 5: to greeting your students anytime.

A: tónɡ xué men hǎo !
A: 同   学  们  好  !
hi,students

B: lǎo shī hǎo !
B: 老  师  好  !
hi,teacher!


Way 6: to greeting a group of people anytime.

A: dà jiā hǎo ! 
A: 大 家  好  ! 
hi,everyone

B: nǐ hǎo ! 
B: 你 好  !
hi!(,A)


Way 7: to greeting anyone in the morning.

A: shànɡ wǔ hǎo !
A: 上    午 好  !
Good morning!

B: shànɡ wǔ hǎo ! /  nǐ hǎo !
B: 上    午 好  ! /  你 好  !
Good morning!


Way 8: to greeting anyone at lunchtime.

A: zhōnɡ wǔ hǎo !
A: 中    午 好  !
Good noon!

B: zhōnɡ wǔ hǎo ! /  nǐ hǎo !
B: 中    午 好  ! /  你 好  !
Good noon!


Way 9: to greeting anyone in the afternoon.

A: xià wǔ hǎo !
A: 下  午 好  !
Good afternoon!

B: xià wǔ hǎo ! /  nǐ hǎo !
B: 下  午 好  ! /  你 好  !
Good afternoon!


Way 10: to greeting anyone in the evening.

A: wǎn shɑnɡ hǎo !
A: 晚  上    好  !
Good evening!

B: wǎn shɑnɡ hǎo ! /  nǐ hǎo !
B: 晚  上    好  ! /  你 好  !
Good evening!


Way 11: to greeting anyone during the breakfast time.

A: nǐ chī ɡuò zǎo fàn le mɑ ?
A: 你 吃  过  早  饭  了 吗 ?
Have you had breakfast?

B: wǒ chī ɡuò le./ wǒ hái méi yǒu chī 。
B: 我 吃  过  了./ 我 还  没  有  吃  。
Yes I have./Not yet.


Way 12: to greeting anyone during the lunchtime.

A: nǐ chī ɡuò wǔ fàn le mɑ ?
A: 你 吃  过  午 饭  了 吗 ?
Have you had lunch?(to anyone during the lunch time)

B: wǒ chī ɡuò le./ wǒ hái méi yǒu chī 。
B: 我 吃  过  了./ 我 还  没  有  吃  。
Yes I have./Not yet.


Way 13: to greeting anyone during the dinner time.

A: nǐ chī ɡuò wǎn fàn le mɑ ?
A: 你 吃  过  晚  饭  了 吗 ?
Have you had dinner?

B: wǒ chī ɡuò le./ wǒ hái méi yǒu chī 。
B: 我 吃  过  了./ 我 还  没  有  吃  。
Yes I have./Not yet.


Way 14: to greeting elder acquaintance aged above 55 yrs old.

A: nín shēn tǐ hǎo mɑ ?
A: 您  身   体 好  吗 ?
How are you?(Are you in good health?)

B: wǒ shēn tǐ hěn hǎo , xiè xiè !
B: 我 身   体 很  好  , 谢  谢  !
I am fine(I am in good health),thank you!

 



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