How to say Hello in Chinese: Nǐhǎo

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How to say Hello in Chinese: Nǐhǎo

Learning Chinese for travel or study? Let’s try this term:

To say Hello in Chinese: Nǐhǎo
Say it out loud: “Nee Hao

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Some more helpful words in our Chinese Greetings category:

Fine, thank you – Hái Hǎo, Xièxiè  (Hi Hao, Shye Shye!)
Good Afternoon – Xiàwǔ Hǎo!  (Shyawu Hao!)
Good Evening – Wǎnshànghǎo!  (Wanshang Hao!)
Good Morning – Zǎo!  (Dzao!)
Good Night – Wǎnān  (Wan An)
Goodbye – Zàijiàn  (Dzai Jyen!)
Hello – Nǐhǎo  (Nee Hao)
How are you? – Nǐhǎo Ma?  (Nee Hao Ma?)
Pleased to meet you – Hěn Gāoxìng  (Hun Gao Shing)

And here’s how to say Hello in other languages!

Arabic–Marhaban  (mar ha ban)
Chinese–Nǐhǎo  (Nee Hao)
Croatian–halo  (ha lō)
Czech–Ahoy  (UH hoy)
Finnish–Hei  (hay)
French–bonjour  (bohn zhourh)
German–guten tag  (goo ten tahg)
Italian–buongiorno  (boo ohn johr noh)
Japanese–Konnichiwa  (Con Nee Chi Wah)
Korean–Annyeonghaseyo?  (Ahn Nyoung Hah Se Yo?)
Polish–Cześć  (che'shch)
Portuguese–Olá  (oh lah)
Russian–Privet  (Pree vyet)
Spanish–hola  (oh la)
Swahili–hujambo  (hoo jahm bo)
Thai–Sawat Di Khrap/Kha  (sa wat dee krahp/KAH)
Turkish–merhaba  (mehr' uh bah)
Vietnamese–Chào  (Jow)

There are phrases that have more than one use like in the case of "Hello" (Nǐhǎo). This phrase can be used to open up a conversation, for example ""Hello" (Nǐhǎo), can I please speak to the hotel manager?". "Hello" (Nǐhǎo) can also be used to greet someone, it's informal and best suited among friends, for example "Hello, where did you disappear to last night?" Get instant access to the Chinese Language Set.

Contributor

Fred Bane
Biography: Fred Bane is a media producer and translator living in Nanjing China. Since graduating with a BA in International Relations from American University in 2007, Fred has lived in Vietnam and then China, where he received a Masters in Ethnography from Nanjing University in 2012. Fred currently works for a non-profit organization involved in education and cultural exchange, and moonlights as a Chinese-English medical translator.
Born: Portland, Oregon, USA
Location: Nanjing, China
Website : Ameson Education and Culture Exchange Foundation

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