Greetings & Polite Expressions

Learn “Greetings & Polite Expressions” using the videos below by fellow YouTubers. If you want to explore more from these creators, there are links to their respective channels below the videos.  This page has 2 sections, here are jump links:

  1. Videos
  2. Chart w/ Audio: Native Greetings Chart

Videos

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Everyday Chinese – Nice to Meet You (Story)

everyday chinese

Everyday Chinese – How are you?

Native Greetings

Find out why you shouldn’t be saying 你好 in our blog post here.  Also, check out the related lesson “Introducing Yourself & Your Nationality,” for more videos and our extensive list of countries in Chinese.

AUDIOENGLISHPINYINCHINESE Simplified
Hello, Ashley.Ashley hǎo Ashley 好
Hello, Teacherlǎoshī hǎo老师好
Good morning.zǎo
Good morning, everyone.zǎo dàjiā hǎo早大家好
Are you full?chī bǎole méi?吃飽了沒?
Have you eaten?chīle méi?吃了沒?
How's it going?zuì jìn hào mǎ最近好吗
What are you doing here?nǐ zěnme zài zhè'er?你怎么在这儿?
Why are you here?nǐ zěnme zài zhèlǐ?你怎么在这里?
Where are you going? (use when you run into someone)qù nǎ er?去哪儿?
You're dressed so beautifully, where are you going?chuān nàme piàoliang yào qù nǎlǐ?穿那么漂亮要去哪里?
Got off work. (example of stating the obvious)xiàbānle下班了
Children are out of school (example of stating the obvious)xiǎohái fàngxué la小孩放學啦
Recently you've been much thinner.nǐ zuìjìn shòu hǎoduō你最近瘦好多
Long time no see.hǎojiǔ bújiàn好久不见
Long time, no see. Your complexion is great.hǎojiǔ bùjiàn zuìjìn qìsè hěn bàng好久不见最近气色很棒
You are fat.nǐ pàngle你胖了
You've gotten fat, living the good life now, huh?biàn pàng liǎo bùcuò shēnghuóguò dé bùcuò?变胖了不错生活过得不错
See you next time.xià cì jiàn下次见
Let's talk next time.gǎitiān liáo改天聊
Take care.bǎozhòng保重
Bye bye! (common in Taiwan)bài bài la拜拜啦
See you tomorrow. (don't use unless you actually will see them tomorrow)míng tiān jiàn明天见
When you’re free, let’s chat again.yǒu kòng zài liáo有空再聊
Meet you again. (not as commonly said as 再见)zài huì再会
Let’s stay in touch.zài lián xì再联系
I’ve got to go. (literally "I have no choice but to say goodbye)wǒ bù dé bù shuō zài jiàn le我不得不说再见了
I must leave first. (polite) I hear this in dramas all the time!!wǒ xiān gào cí le我先告辞了
Sorry for leaving. (formal/very polite)shī péi le失陪了
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