Questions tagged [greetings]

Questions about greetings in Chinese.

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Is “你们好” (nǐmen hǎo) in actual use for greeting multiple people at once?

I just felt like typing "hello" in Chinese in a chat room (with no Chinese speakers in it but what the hey...) Halfway through it struck me that there's "你们" (nǐhǎo) for hello, "你" (nǐ) meaning you, ...
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When is it appropriate to use 亲爱的?

In English it perfectly fine in a business context and for someone you have never met before to use Dear XXXX at the beginning of a letter or email. This causes some difficulty when moving to another ...
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Various ways to say “nice to meet you”

When I first started learning Chinese I knew the in order to say "Nice to meet you" or "Pleased to meet you," I had to use the following expression: 很高兴见到您。 But recently I've come across other ...
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Is 你好,北京 grammatical?

Today Victoria Beckham tweeted it. But is this reverse form (as opposed to 北京,你好) correct?
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How old is the “你吃飽了嗎” greeting in Chinese?

How old is the "你吃飽了嗎" greeting in Chinese? Has it been around for just about one century or does it go back thousands of years in history?