1.4.0 - Language Tips & Culture

1. Other Common Greetings:

How do you say "good morning", "good afternoon", "good evening" in Chinese?

(1) 早上好![Zǎoshang hǎo!] Good morning!

"早上" means "morning", as you've learned, "好" means "good".

早上[zǎoshang] + 好[hǎo] = 早上好[zǎoshang hǎo]

It literally means "morning good".

E.g.

A: 早上好,老师!

Zǎoshang hǎo, lǎoshī!

Good morning, teacher!

B: 早上好!

Zǎoshang hǎo!

Good morning!


(2) 下午好![Xiàwǔ hǎo!] Good afternoon!

"下午" means “afternoon”, as you know "好" means "good".

下午[xiàwǔ] + 好[hǎo] = 下午好[xiàwǔ hǎo]

It literally means "afternoon good".

E.g.

A: 下午好!

Xiàwǔ hǎo!

Good afternoon!

B: 下午好!

Xiàwǔ hǎo!

Good afternoon!


(3) 晚上好![Wǎnshang hǎo!] Good evening!

"晚上" means “evening”, and “好” means “good”.

So 晚上好[wǎnshang hǎo] literally means "evening good".

E.g.

A: 晚上好!

Wǎnshang hǎo!

Good evening!

B: 晚上好!

Wǎnshang hǎo!

Good evening!


2. More ways to greet Chinese people in different situations - speak like a native

"你好[nǐ hǎo]" is the expression which is usually used to greet someone you meet for the first time.There are other different expressions to greet someone you’ve already known like your friends. To get more information, please watch the video below:

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