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How do you say “hello” in Chinese?

How do you say “hello” in Chinese? Let’s learn how to say “hello” in Chinese.

Say hello in Chinese
Say hello in Chinese

Nǐ hǎo.



你 (nǐ) The third tone, and it means you.

好 (hǎo) The third tone, and it means good; fine; nice.

Notice: When two third-tone syllables are read in sequence, the first syllable turns into the second tone, i.e., the 3+3 sequence becomes a 2+3 one. For example, “ nǐ(你)” + “ hǎo (好)” is read “ ní hǎo”. However, when put in written form, the original tone is kept.  

“你好 (Nǐ hǎo) Hello.” This is the most commonly used way of saying “hello” in Chinese. If it’s a little more formal for the people who are higher than you in status, you can use “您 (nín) ” instead of “你 (nǐ)”, saying “您好 (nín hǎo)” for your boss, professors, teachers or clients.    

This is today’s lesson, do you know how to say “hello” in Chinese now?

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