Is there a more informal way than the standard 你好 to say "hi" or "wazzup" when meeting friends or equal age people of the same age, or is 你好 always appropriate?

  • Just say "hi" or "hey"?
    – halfelf
    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:54
  • Haha, yes of course, but is there a Chinese word that is equal to that? :) Nov 22, 2017 at 4:49
  • Maybe "yo" or "哟". Generally it depends on context and relationship between you and this person you greetings. There're many alternatives, but not precisely equal to "hello", like calling them by nickname, or "吃了没?""去哪啊?""早" etc.
    – halfelf
    Nov 22, 2017 at 5:09
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    Just make a sound, like 'haa'. 'ahh' they are not English, Chinese or any language, they're just sound
    – Tang Ho
    Nov 22, 2017 at 7:19

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You can say ‘嗨’, which is equivalent to ‘hi’ in English or ‘哈咯’ which translates to ‘hello’ or even ‘哟‘ like another user had mentioned in the comments.

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