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

HànzìpīnyīnEng­lish
你好nĭhǎohello
您好nínhǎohello (polite)
大家好dàjiā hǎohello everybody
老师好lǎoshī hǎohello teacher
下午好xiàwǔ hǎogood afternoon
晚上好wǎnshàng hǎogood evening
zǎomornin"
wéihello (when answering the phone)
你吃了吗nĭ chī le mahave you eaten? (used as greeting)
hāihi (loanword from English)
hēihey (loanword from English)
哈罗hāluóhello (loadword from English)
问好wènhǎosend one"s regards to
打招呼dǎzhāohuto greet / to notify