Saying hello is a basic greeting ways in Daily life, which is quite easy. But in Chinese language, it is not such a thing. It is not just as simple as Hello. We have lots of choices to say hello in Mandarin. Learning Chinese greetings makes your communication with Chinese friends or business partners will help you leave a deep impression. In this article, I will show you how to make greetings in Chinese.
1. 你好（nǐ hǎo）/您好（nín hǎo）
nǐ hǎo and nín hǎo are the commonest Chinese phrases to express our greetings to others. The only difference between them lies in your relationship with the one you want to greet. If he is your good friend or just acquaintance, you can just say “nǐ hǎo”, but if your want to show your respect, you’d better choose “nín hǎo”. For example, if he is the elder or your business partner, you should say “nín hǎo”.
2. 早上好（zǎo shɑnɡ hǎo）/下午好（xià wǔ hǎo）/晚上好（wǎn shɑnɡ hǎo）
Another common way to say hello is zǎo shɑnɡ hǎo, xià wǔ hǎo or wǎn shɑnɡ hǎo. They are just like good morning, good afternoon, and good evening in English. There is no specific requirement when using these Chinese words. But just remember use them in the right time. Never say zǎo shɑnɡ hǎo in the evening, because it will make you weird. By the way, in our daily life we usually say “zǎo” instead of “zǎo shɑnɡ hǎo”. It is a more casual way to greet others.
3. 好久不见（háo jiǔ bú jiàn）
This expression is usually used between old friends. It is like “Long Time No See” in English.
4. 最近好吗？（zuì jìn hǎo mɑ）
This Chinese phrase is similar to “how is it going” “how is everything going” and “what’s up”. We usually use it after saying “háo jiǔ bú jiàn”.
5. 你吃了吗？（nǐ chī le mɑ）
nǐ chī le mɑ（你吃了吗？）is also a way to say hello in Chinese like a native. But you can’t use it at anytime. You can only use it when it’s time to have breakfast, lunch or dinner.
OK. The common 5 ways to say hello in Chinese language are all introduced here. If you have any questions, just leave message in the comment area.