Questions tagged [informal]

Questions about informal Chinese, e.g., casual talk between friends or relatives.

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Informal way of saying hello?

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?
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How appropriate is “拜拜”?

How appropriate, in terms of casualness and/or childishness, is "拜拜"? Is it as childish as "Bye-bye" would be in English, or is it more acceptable? In case location matters, I'm mainly interested in ...
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What is the rule for forming chinese names diminutives?

In alphabetical languages, diminutives are easily made by adding a suffix (e.g. -ito, -ino, -ine, which belong to some Romance languages) and sometimes contemporaneously changing the ending of the ...
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Is there an equivalent for the Cantonese phrase “M Goi”

The Cantonese phrase "M Goi" has many meanings: "Excuse me" "Thanks" (casual) "Hey" Does it have a 普通话 equivalent? And how can I write it in pinyin? Is it even possible?