How to say Hello in Chinese

The most common way of saying Hi in Chinese is Nǐ(你) hǎo(好). If you wonder how to pronounce it, you can use Google Translate or any other translating app or dictionary to hear it and repeat after to improve your pronunciation. Don’t worry about saying it the wrong way, you’ll get better with practice.

Other ways of saying Hello

hāi(嗨)is the direct translation of Hi in Chinese. The English language is very spread worldwide and makes no difference in China, up to the extent that many English words sounds are directly used in the Chinese language.

hā lóu(哈喽, hā luō(哈啰), luó(哈罗) are all the direct translations of Hello.

nǐ men hǎo(你们好)is used to say hello to a group of people.

dà jiā hǎo(大家好)is used to greet a room of people, mostly at the beginning of a speech.

Other forms of greetings

For the morning:

zǎo shàng hǎo (早上好)for good morning, this is the long version, but you can also use the short version which is only zǎo).

shàng wǔ hǎo(上午好)also means good morning.

What is the difference between zǎo shàng hǎo (早上好)and shàng wǔ hǎo(上午好)?

zǎo)means early so it is used in the early hours of the day, between 6 to 8 a.m. while shàng wǔ (上午)means morning, so you can use it from 8 to 11 a.m. or from 6 to 11 a.m. because its base meaning has a wider range. It would be inappropriate to say zǎo shàng hǎo (早上好)at 10 a.m. because it is very close to the noon.

For the afternoon

xià wǔ hǎo(下午好)is used to say good afternoon.

zhōng wǔ hǎo(中午好)is used to say good midday. You can remark that the Chinese language is very diverse and precise.

For the evening

wǎn shàng hǎo (晚上好)for good evening.

These are the most frequently used forms of greetings in Chinese, if you know any other one, feel free to leave it in the comments, so I can add it in case I update the article. If you also have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.

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