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Hēi , dàjiā hǎo , wǒ jiào Mǎ Yànrú . Hi everybody! I’m Yanru Ma.
Welcome to ChineseClass101.com’s “Sān fēnzhōng Hànyǔ. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Chinese.
In the last lesson, we learned how to show gratitude by saying xièxiè. In this lesson we’ll learn some of the most common greetings used in China.
Zhǔnbèi hǎo le ma? Are you ready? wǒmen kāishǐ ba ! so let’s start!
The most commonly used greeting is: Nǐ hǎo!
[slowly] nǐ hǎo
You may remember this from Lesson 1. Nǐ hǎo means “hi”, “hello” and “how do you do?”. It’s a slightly formal expression, though, so just use it at work or similar occasions. Don’t use it with your family and friends.
The informal “hello” is sure to be familiar to you. You probably use it every day already:
Hēi
[slowly] Hēi
If it sounds familiar, it’s because it’s just like the English Hey, but make sure to say it with the right Mandarin tone: Hēi
When you want to greet someone in the morning, you can also say.
Zǎo ā!
[slowly] Zǎo ā!
It’s very commonly used, but is slightly informal.
What about when we leave? What should we say?
Zàijiàn!
This very common expression is similar in meaning to the English, “See you again”:
[slowly] Zàijiàn!
This is “good-bye”. Though simple, it can be used in almost all occasions.
Now you can greet people in many different ways in Chinese!
Let’s review them all again.
When meeting people for the first time or in a formal occasion :
Nǐ hǎo!
When meeting friends or family members, you can say
Hēi!
In the early morning, you can say:
Zǎo ā!
When leaving, no matter whether it's a formal or informal situation:
Zàijiàn!
It’s easy, isn’t it?
Now it’s time for Yanru’s Tips.
As you know, there are more and more Chinese starting to learn English. This has started to affect the language. Just like how you can say hēi instead of nǐhǎo. You can also say bàibài instead of zàijiàn. So if you forget how to say nǐhǎo and zàijiàn you can use the easy heys and byebyes and people will understand you with no problem.
During the next lesson. you’ll learn the meaning of the phrase 你会说英语吗?Do you already know it? I’ll be waiting to talk about it with you in our next Sān fēnzhōng Hànyǔ lesson.

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Hi listeners! Let's practice greetings here!

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Friday at 06:48 PM
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你好 robert groulx,


谢谢 for posting and studying with us. If you have any questions, please let us know.😄


Kind regards,

雷文特 (Levente)

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robert groulx
Friday at 08:19 AM
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thank you for lesson transcript


Zàijiàn!


robert

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Monday at 11:29 PM
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Hello April,


The original pronunciation for the character 嘿 is hēi, with the first tone. To say hi/hello/hey, you can say it with the fourth tone, as the 嘿 is used for translation to mimic the pronunciation of 'hey'.


Hope it clarifies. Let us know if you have any questions.


Ngai Lam

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April
Saturday at 11:46 AM
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So should we pronounce "Hei" meaning hi/ hello in the 4th tone, as she does, or in the 1st tone, as in the vocab notes and pronunciation? I'm confused.

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Saturday at 11:54 PM
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Hi, Aziz,


You got it, exactly!

Actually, in Chinese, the character 嘿 is 1sth tone, means someone smile like "?,?,?".

But in the text, it is a Chinese translation for "hey", so exactly she just said "hey", but we use 嘿 just for the translation.


Cho

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Aziz
Wednesday at 10:37 PM
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I think she says 'Hei" in 4th tone...

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Wednesday at 10:55 PM
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Hi, Yei quin,


Nice to meet you and thank you for your message.

We greet close friends or families with "你饭吃了吗?(Nǐ fàn chī le ma ?/ Traditional: 你飯吃了嗎?)" , which literally means "Did you have the meal?(Good afternoon./ Good evening.)"

(你饭吃了吗?=饭吃了吗?=饭吃过了吗?=吃饭了吗?)

And "What's up?"/"How's it going?" equals to "最近好吗?(Zuìjìn hǎo ma ?/ Traditional: 最近好嗎?)".

(最近好吗?=最近怎么样?)


Cho

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Yei quin
Saturday at 07:39 AM
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hi im from america and im under 15 so i need somemore greetings and goodbyes thx

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Sunday at 01:10 PM
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Hi, G.Erden,

Thank you for your comment.

Have a good day!


Cho

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G.Erden
Sunday at 11:13 AM
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thank you.