Greetings

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Greetings

Greetings (1)

nǐ hǎo
hello (can be used anytime of the day)
你好
ni hao

nǐmen hǎo
hello (to more than 1 person)
你们好
nimen hao

dàjiā hǎo
hello (to everybody)
大家好
dajia hao

zǎoshang hǎo
good morning (more common in Mainland China)
早上好
zaoshang hao

zǎo’ān
good morning (more common in Taiwan/ Singapore/ Malaysia)
早安
zao’an

zǎo
morning! (most casual)

zao

xiàwǔ hǎo
good afternoon
下午好
xiawu hao

wǔ’ān
good afternoon
午安
wu’an

wǎnshang hǎo
good evening
晚上好
wanshang hao

wǎn’ān
good night
晚安
wan’an

nǐ hǎo ma
how are you?
你好吗
ni hao ma

Greetings (2 – casual)

Lái la!
You’re here!
来啦!
laila

Zhème zǎo!
That’s early!
这么早!
zheme zao

Xiànzài cái lái!
Why are you so late? (literally: ‘now finally here’)
现在才来!
xianzai cai lai

Zuìjìn zěnmeyàng?
How have you been?
最近怎么样?
zuijin zenmeyang

Zuìjìn máng ma?
Have you been busy?
最近忙吗?
zuijin mang ma

Zuìjìn máng shénme?
What are you busy with?
最近忙什么?
zuijin mang shenme

Hái hǎo ma?
How are you doing?
还好吗?
hai hao ma

Hái hǎo.
Ok, so-so.
还好。
hai hao

Hái búcuò.
Not too bad.
还不错。
hai bucuo

Gōngzuò zěnmeyàng?
How’s work?
工作怎么样?
gongzuo zenmeyang

Gōngzuò hěn máng.
Busy with work.
工作很忙。
gongzuo hen mang

Háishì hěn máng.
Still as busy.
还是很忙。
haishi hen mang

Bú tài máng。
Not very busy.
不太忙。
bu tai mang


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