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Common Chinese Greetings Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in Culture, Pronunciation, Vocabulary

Learning common greetings is a very important part of studying any language. Of course, there are more words and phrases than the equivalent of “hello” and “goodbye.” With this short video, you’ll learn how and when to use some of the most common greetings in Chinese.

你好

nǐ hǎo

Hello

 

nǐ –> ní

 

您好

nín hǎo

Hello (formal)

 

你们好

nǐ men hǎo

Hello (to multiple people)

 

大家好

dà jiā hǎo

Hello everyone

 

老师好

lǎo shī hǎo

Hello teacher

 

早上好

zǎo shàng hǎo

Good morning

 

zǎo

Morning

 

你好吗?

ní hǎo ma

How are you?

 

你吃饭了吗?

nǐ chī fàn le ma

Have you eaten yet?

 

好久不见

hǎo jiǔ bú jiàn

Long time no see!

 

你最近怎么样?

nǐ zuì jìn zěn me yàng

How have you been?

 

欢迎光临

huān yíng guāng lín

Welcome!

 

wéi

Hello (on the phone)

 

再见

zài jiàn

Goodbye

 

明天见

míng tiān jiàn

See you tomorrow

 

一会儿见

yí  huì er jiàn

See you later

 

拜拜

bài bai

Bye bye

 

晚安

wǎn ān

Good night

 

慢走

màn zǒu

Take care (lit. “walk slow”)

 

一路平安

yí  lù píng ‘ān

Bon voyage/have a pleasant trip

 

下次见

xià cì jiàn

See you next time

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Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.


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