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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 3 sections, here are jump links:

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

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Videos

everyday chinese

Everyday Chinese – Nice to Meet You (Story)

everyday chinese

Everyday Chinese – How are you?

General Greetings

Chinese Characters or English can be placed in the search boxes above the tables. 

AUDIO

ENGLISH

PINYIN

SIMPLIFIED

Hello.

nǐ hǎo

你好

Hello. (formal)

nín hǎo

您好

Hello? (on phone)

wèi

Good morning.

zǎo shàng hǎo

早上好

Good afternoon.

xiàwŭ hăo

下午好

Good evening.

wănshàng hăo

晚上好

Good night.

wǎn ān

晚安

Goodbye.

zài jiàn

再见 (再見)

See you soon.

huítóu jiàn

回头见

See you next week.

xiàge xīngqījiàn

下个星期见

Talk to you later.

găitiān zàiliáo

改天再聊

Take care.

mànzŏu

慢走

Thank you.

xiè xie

谢谢 (謝謝)

You're welcome.

bú kè qi

不客气 (不客氣)

Sorry.

duì bu qǐ

对不起 (對不起)

It’s alright.

méi ɡuān xi

没关系 (沒關系)

How are you? / How's it going?

nĭ zĕnmeyàng?

你怎么样

How are things? / How's it going lately?

zuìjìn zĕnmeyàng?

最近怎么样

How's it going? / How are you lately?

zuìjìn hăoma?

最近好吗

I'm good.

wǒ hěn hǎo

我很好

I‘m fine, thank you.

wŏ hĕnhăo, xièxie

我很好谢谢

I am not so good.

wŏ bútàihăo

我不太好

So so.

mămăhūhū

马马虎虎

I'm okay.

háixíng

还行

I'm fine. / Pretty good.

tĭnghăode

挺好的

The same. (response when someone says "I'm okay and you?")

wŏ yĕ búcuò

我也不错

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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