Lesson 1 Nihao-hello! (SunnyChinese.com)


For learning: Chinese (Mandarin)

Base language: English


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Created Jun 22, 2009
Level Beginner
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Nihao, a formal greeting in China, means ’hello’ or ’how do you do’, which is usually used in formal occasions, or the first meeting with strangers. For asking ways or favors, Nihao is a good starting, which can show off your manner and being well-educated. But for acquaintances, there are a lot tricky ways to greet. Actually, some of them like 'Eat up? ([Chi] [le] [ma])?' or 'You're here ([lai] [la])' are not real greeting. Remember, just say something to the one whom you come across, and then everything will be a nice greeting. 'Oh, how beautiful ([o], [dzen][mei]!) ' would be a nice greeting, why not!
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