35 Unique Ways To Say Hello In Chinese

The Chinese language has many different ways of saying hello, each with cultural and social significance. In our upcoming discussion, ‘Explore 35 Unique Ways To Say Hello In Chinese,’ we’ll explore these greetings. Getting these right is critical to getting along in Chinese society.

35 Unique Ways to Say Hello in Chinese

35 Unique Ways to Say Hello in Chinese

Chinese Phrase Pinyin English Translation
你好 Nǐ hǎo Hello
您好 Nín hǎo Hello (formal)
早上好 Zǎoshang hǎo Good morning
上午好 Shàngwǔ hǎo Good morning
中午好 Zhōngwǔ hǎo Good afternoon
下午好 Xiàwǔ hǎo Good afternoon
晚上好 Wǎnshang hǎo Good evening
晚安 Wǎn’ān Good night
哈喽 Hā lóu Hello (loanword)
Hēi Hey
Hāi Hi
你吃了吗 Nǐ chī le ma Have you eaten?
最近好吗 Zuìjìn hǎo ma How have you been lately?
你怎么样 Nǐ zěnme yàng How are you?
还好吗 Hái hǎo ma Are you well?
你好吗 Nǐ hǎo ma Are you okay?
见到你很高兴 Jiàn dào nǐ hěn gāoxìng Nice to see you
久违了 Jiǔ wéi le Long time no see
欢迎 Huānyíng Welcome
您过得怎么样 Nín guò dé zěnme yàng How have you been?
好久不见 Hǎo jiǔ bù jiàn Long time no see
最近怎么样 Zuìjìn zěnme yàng How’s it going recently?
见到你很开心 Jiàn dào nǐ hěn kāixīn Happy to see you
Wèi Hello (on the phone)
你好啊 Nǐ hǎo a Hello (friendly)
大家好 Dàjiā hǎo Hello everyone
朋友们好 Péngyǒumen hǎo Hello friends
兄弟 Xiōngdì Hello, brother
姐妹 Jiěmèi Hello, sister
同志 Tóngzhì Comrade (hello)
老师好 Lǎoshī hǎo Hello, teacher
领导好 Lǐngdǎo hǎo Hello, leader
同学们好 Tóngxuémen hǎo Hello, students
亲爱的 Qīn’ài de Hello, dear
宝贝 Bǎobèi Hello, darling


In short, the different ways to say hello in Chinese show how rich and deep the culture is. When you greet someone, whether it’s a formal hello, asking if they’re well, or talking to a group, each way of saying it carries its cultural weight. This highlights how vital respect and understanding of social ranks are in Chinese culture. It’s also about understanding the values and norms of Chinese-speaking communities. So, these greetings are critical to both speaking the language well and understanding the culture.

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Winston Simon
Winston Simon, the founder of the Translation Blog, holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) from Auburn University. Fluent in multiple languages, including Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French, German, and Japanese, Winston has had a lifelong passion for learning languages from around the globe

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