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How do you say "Hello" in Chinese?   [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2011-11-22 20:28:39 |Display all floors
DanseMacabre Post time: 2011-11-22 20:23
Thanks for all the information.

Very enlightening.

You're welcome.

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Post time 2011-11-23 10:58:13 |Display all floors
Good question and well-informed reply!

However, I would add that poverty, hence hunger, is a major reason why Chinese used to exchange pleasantries in such a fashion: people were indeed concerned whether your stomach is stuffed or not. Now that there is no more hunger issues, "Chi Le Mei" has become a mere formality.

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Post time 2011-11-23 13:23:49 |Display all floors
Interesting...

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Post time 2011-11-24 10:04:11 |Display all floors
In Chinese Mandarin, the most common greeting is '你好' [nǐ hǎo]. To be more courteous, say '您好' [nín hǎo] instead, especially when showing repect for elders. In addition, '喂' [wéi] is used to greet people on the phone.

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Post time 2011-11-29 11:23:19 |Display all floors
This post was edited by greatlady at 2011-11-29 13:30

there are more expressions when you happen to run into neighbors or friends;
(1) ni qu na er le ? or ni qu na li le ? means  where di you go?
(2) ni zuo shen me le? means  what did you do?
(3) ni zai mang shen me? means  what are you busy doing ?
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Post time 2011-11-29 11:28:20 |Display all floors
somtimes we would ask how's the family ?
like: ni de jia ren hao me ?
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Post time 2011-11-29 11:28:48 |Display all floors
somtimes we would ask how's the family ?
like: ni de jia ren hao me ?
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