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Do people in China say 新年快乐 at Spring Festival?

Yes. 新年=New Year, while it does not specify whether it's the new year of the Chinese calendar(农历) or the Gregorian calendar(公历). So it's ok to say 新年快乐 in both cases. And normally we'll interpret it ...
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What are the most popular new year greetings in Cantonese?

A few suggestions for you: 恭喜發財 gung1 hei2 faat3 choi4 新年快樂 san1 nin4 faai3 lok6 -- All purpose happy new year. 身體健康 san1 tai2 gin6 hong1 龍馬精神 lung4 ma2 jing1 san4 -- Mostly for older people (...
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What are the most popular new year greetings in Cantonese?

In Hong Kong, the two most popular greetings in Cantonese are 恭喜發財 新年快樂 I am not sure about other Cantonese-speaking areas.
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Difference between 晚安, 晚安安,安安, and 晚安啦

晚安 is the standard phrase for "good night" 晚安安 is an incorrect usage of reduplication. Please don't use it. 安安 is also an incorrect usage of reduplication. Not to mention it sounds like a 'baby take'...
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Difference between 晚安, 晚安安,安安, and 晚安啦

晚安 has no emotion. 晚安安 is indeed an incorrect usage of reduplication. but 安安 is not an incorrect usage of reduplication. A girl can use this when she talks with her boyfriend to show intimacy. Yes,...
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Informal way of saying hello?

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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What are the most popular new year greetings in Cantonese?

Cantonese and Chinese new year greetings are actually written the same. The only difference is about the accent. Here are some of the most popular new year greetings. 心想事成 (xīn xiǎnɡ shì chénɡ) - ...
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Do people in China say 新年快乐 at Spring Festival?

Usually Chinese can say "新年快乐" and "新年好" on both January 1st and Chinese new year(Spring Festival). But "过年好" is only used at Chinese new year. Also "新春快乐" is used at Chinese new year only,but it is ...
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Are there some greetings or phrases particular to the Hui people?

Here is the Chinese Hui version of inshaallah (I have a Hui friend, she taught me that...) 印善安拉: yìn shàn ān lā : inshaallah
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What is the difference between 早 and 早晨? E.g. 早晨好

To answer you question, the difference between 早 and 早晨 is 早 means early by itself, however, in this case 早 means early part of the day, which is morning! In Chinese it is rare to use just one ...
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Various ways to say "nice to meet you"

很高兴认识你 is usually used when FIRST meeting with someone, while 认识你,我很高兴。is more used after knowing each other for a while, could be just minutes, hours, and even days or months, to express the feeling ...
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I would like to learn common greetings in Chinese

believe or not, they may say hello. If it's some good friend, maybe their nick name.
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What are the most popular new year greetings in Cantonese?

Here are some ways to say happy new year (in Mandarin and Cantonese): 新年快乐 / 新年快樂 Happy New Year in Chinese 'New Year happiness!' In Mandarin: Xīnnián kuàilè /sshin-nyen kwhy-ler/ In Cantonese: ...
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Greeting in an Email Autoresponse: 您好, 亲爱的 or something else?

The simplest and safest way: 您好, If your email auto response included name(from email or etc): Franjo Tušek, 您好,
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Do people in China say 新年快乐 at Spring Festival?

Yes, mainlanders say this. At the very least, my wife says this to other mainlanders and she is from 黑龙江. She seems to vary between 春节快乐 and 新年快乐. Mainland expats at my work have been saying 新年快乐 to ...
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Difference between 晚安, 晚安安,安安, and 晚安啦

晚安 and 晚安啦 are almost the same, and means "Good night". 晚安啦 may sound more casual. 晚安安 and 安安 can be considered Internet slang just to make it sound cute. As a learner, you can stick to 晚安. I seldom ...
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Do people in China say 新年快乐 at Spring Festival?

"Happy (快乐)" is not a traditional greeting. I believe that it came to the Chinese language with English greetings such as "happy new year" and "happy birthday", which the majority of younger people ...
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Do people in China say 新年快乐 at Spring Festival?

新年快乐 (Xīnnián kuàilè) 新年好 (xīn nián hǎo) 过年好 (guò nián hǎo) Here is a comprehensive guide about Chinese New Year and New Year greetings.
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How old is the "你吃飽了嗎" greeting in Chinese?

The quick answer to your question is: " No one knows exactly when." As far as I know, asking someone: " 你吃了飯沒?"(Mandarin) or 你食咗飯未呀?" (Cantonese) is a very typical way to start a conversation ...
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Difference between 晚安, 晚安安,安安, and 晚安啦

You should know that in oral Chinese, there is no standard grammar. Actually all the above are correctly phrases for "Good night". We can even just use single character 安 for it. However, different ...
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Express when festivity or event happens

Of course you can put the event before or after the date. When you write the name of an event first, you can add the information of when this event occurs. Example: [圣诞节] [是在] [十二月二十五日] = [Christmas] ...
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What response is expected to Chinese people's "Have you eaten?"?

You can just answer it literally. Usually, I will response: 吃过了(or 还没有),你呢? If people want to ask you out, they will go further with additional questions/requests: 我们一起去吃饭吧?
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Do people in China say 新年快乐 at Spring Festival?

Whether it is a "greeting" specifically might be arguable, but if you watch the CCTV Chinese New Year Gala ("春晚", colloquially), you will hear a fairly steady stream of "新年快乐"s. It is most definitely ...
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Do people in China say 新年快乐 at Spring Festival?

Because 新年快乐 is such a standard form of saying it, sometimes it may make it feel you don't have the enthusiasm when you say it. A more cheerful and upbeat form of saying it may be 恭喜发财!(may you be ...
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What are the most popular new year greetings in Cantonese?

A note of context: 恭喜發財 (gung1 hei2 faat3 coi4) actually means "congratulations on making money". This probably has connections to Guangdong's commercial past, where many people work in trade and ...
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Greeting in an Email Autoresponse: 您好, 亲爱的 or something else?

To business client its best to use 尊敬的客户(or person's lastname followed by 小姐/女士/先生): 您好! (Content) 再次感谢您对我行一贯的支持与厚爱. (or 再次感谢您给我们提供沟通交流的机会,祝您家庭幸福,年年安康!) 谢谢! ...
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I would like to learn common greetings in Chinese

36 phrases to say hello in Chinese - audio in link. http://chinesespeak.com/hello-chinese/ Saying hello 你好! Pinyin: nǐ hǎo! Meaning: Hello. 您好! Pinyin: nín hǎo! Meaning: Hello. Used when ...
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What is the difference between 早 and 早晨? E.g. 早晨好

It is all about regional, dialect preference and practice. So there is no "official", "common" way to greet someone "good morning" in Chinese, whether in mainland China or else where in the world. ...
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