One of the first things students learn when studying Chinese is how to greet people, and invariably, they"re taught that to say "hi" in Chinese, they should say 你好 (nĭhǎo).
“Nĭhǎo” is only one of many different greetings used by Chinese speakers, however. In most cases, it"s not even the most common! Read on to discover some of the many different ways to say to “hi” in Chinese.
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Chinese Vocabulary: How to Say Hi in Chinese
|大家好||dàjiā hǎo||hello everybody|
|老师好||lǎoshī hǎo||hello teacher|
|下午好||xiàwǔ hǎo||good afternoon|
|晚上好||wǎnshàng hǎo||good evening|
|喂||wéi||hello (when answering the phone)|
|你吃了吗||nĭ chī le ma||have you eaten? (used as greeting)|
|嗨||hāi||hi (loanword from English)|
|嘿||hēi||hey (loanword from English)|
|哈罗||hāluó||hello (loadword from English)|
|问好||wènhǎo||send one"s regards to|
|打招呼||dǎzhāohu||to greet / to notify|