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 '17 at 3:54
  • Haha, yes of course, but is there a Chinese word that is equal to that? :) – PetaspeedBeaver Nov 22 '17 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 '17 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 '17 at 7:19

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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