The Top 12 Greeting Words for New Chinese Learners

   12 Greeting Words for New Chinese Learners 


Have you ever wanted to say hello in Chinese to make friends? Today, we are going to learn some
basic words and expressions from greetings, which are important and necessary for Chinese international new friends. By the end of this lesson, you will know 12 Chinese characters and be able to express some daily greeting in Chinese.

Content:(part one

A: Nǐ hǎo!(Hello!)

A: 你 好!

B: Nǐ hǎo!(Hello!)

B: 你 好!

Content: (part two)

A:Nǐ hǎo ma?

A:你  好   吗?

C:Wǒ hěn hǎo. Nǐ ne?

C: 我   很   好。你 呢?

A:Yě hěn hǎo.  Nǐ bàba, māma hǎo ma?

A: 也  很  好。 你  爸爸、妈妈   好  吗?

C:Tāmen dōu hěn hǎo.

C:  他们    都    很    好。freinds

New words:

  1. nǐ      Pronoun     你     you
  2. hǎo    Adj              好     good;well;fine;
  3. wǒ     Pronoun    我     I, me
  4. hěn   Adv            很    very
  5. ne    Mdpt           呢    a modal particle used for elliptical questions
  6. ma    Qpt             吗    interrogative particle for question expecting yes- no answer
  1. yě      Adv            也     too,also
  2. bàba     N            爸爸    father,dad
  3. māma   N            妈妈    mother, mum
  4. tāmen  Pronoun  他们    they,them
  5. tā           Pronoun   他    he, him
  6. dōu         Adv       都     both,all



  1. Nǐ hǎo. 你好。

“Hello!” “How do you do”

This is the most common form of greeting in china. It can be used at any time of day when meeting people either for the first time or for people you already know. The response to this greeting form is also “你好!(Nǐ hǎo). It can also be used at the beginning of letters.

2.Nǐ hǎo ma? 你好吗?

“how are you?”

This is also a form of greeting, which often used after you haven’t seen somebody for long time. The response is usually “我很好(Wǒ hěn hǎo)

 3、Nǐ ne? 你呢?

And (how are) you?

This is often used after you have responded people’s greetings and you ask other people’s situation back.

 4、 Yě hěn hǎo. 也很好。

(I’m) fine/very good, too.

This is an elliptical sentences, with the subject “我(wǒ) omitted. In spoken Chinese, when the context is explicit and there is no ambiguity, the subject is often omitted. Such as one can also respond “很好(hěn hǎo) to the question “你好吗?(Nǐ hǎo ma?)”

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