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Lesson 53: Chinese Greetings
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There are several ways of saying hello in Chinese. In Level 1, Chinese Lesson 3 and lesson 4, we have learned some Chinese Greetings on how to greet people you meet for the first time. For example, "Hello! or Hi!", "Hello, everybody!", "Good morning!", " Good afternoon!", and " Good night!".

In this lesson, we are going to learn more greetings in Chinese. Especially, some ways on how to greet people you have not seen for a long time.

Dialog 1

Aihua
hǎo
Amy
hǎo

"你好 (nǐ hǎo)" means "hello, hi, or how are you?". It's used to greet anyone, at any time of the day. You can greet people you already know or someone you meet for the first time.

If someone says "你好 (nǐ hǎo)" to you, you should also response to him or her "你好 (nǐ hǎo)".

Let’s translate this dialog into English.

AihuaHi!
AmyHi!

Dialog 2

Aihua
hǎoma
Amy
hěnhǎo
ne
Aihua
hěnhǎo

"你好吗?( hǎo ma)" is another way to say hello in Mandarin Chinese. It's basically same as "你好 (nǐ hǎo)", except for some occasions, when "你好吗?( hǎo ma)" is used to greet someone, you have not seen for a while.

" (ma)" is a question particle. It's added to the end of a sentence when you want to make a question. E.g. "好吗?(hǎo ma)" means "Good?".

Let’s translate this dialog into English.

AihuaHow are you doing?
AmyVery good.
And you?
AihuaI am very good too.

Dialog 3

Aihua
hǎojiǔjiàn
hǎoma
Amy
háihǎo
xièxie
ne
Aihua
háihǎo

"好久不见,你好吗? (hǎo jiǔ bú jiàn nǐ hǎo ma)" is used to greet someone, you have not seen for a while. "还好 (hái hǎo)" means OK or fine.

" (ne)" is a question particle that is used in elliptical questions. E.g. "我呢?( ne)" means "How about me?".

Let’s translate this dialog into English.

AihuaHi, long time no see.
how are you doing?
AmyI'm fine.
Thank you.
And you?
AihuaI'm fine too.

Repeat Dialogs

Let's listen to the dialogs one more time.

Dialog 1:
Aihua
hǎo
Amy
hǎo
Dialog 2:
Aihua
hǎoma
Amy
hěnhǎo
ne
Aihua
hěnhǎo
Dialog 3:
Aihua
hǎojiǔjiàn
hǎoma
Amy
háihǎo
xièxie
ne
Aihua
háihǎo

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