I would like to learn common greetings in Chinese. I haven't taken any classes or used any textbooks. I would like to learn, very much! So I would be able to carry on simple conversation with Chinese friends :)

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believe or not, they may say hello. If it's some good friend, maybe their nick name.


36 phrases to say hello in Chinese - audio in link.


Saying hello

  1. 你好! Pinyin: nǐ hǎo! Meaning: Hello.

  2. 您好! Pinyin: nín hǎo!
    Meaning: Hello. Used when addressing seniors or superiors to show respect.

Time-based greetings

  1. 早上好! Pinyin: zǎo shang hǎo!
    Meaning: Good morning!

  2. 早安 Pinyin: zǎo ān
    Meaning: Good morning . Literally “Peace at morning”

  3. 早 Pinyin: zǎo Meaning: Morning!

  4. 下午好! Pinyin: xià wǔ hǎo
    Meaning: Good afternoon!

  5. 晚上好 Pinyin: wǎn shàng hǎo
    Meaning: Good evening!

  6. 晚安 Pinyin: wǎn ān
    Meaning: Good night

  7. 你好吗? Pinyin: nǐ hǎo ma?
    Meaning: How are you?

  8. 您好吗? Pinyin: nín hǎo ma? Meaning: How are you? Used when addressing seniors or superiors to show respect.

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