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Mandarin Chinese Greetings

Essential Mandarin Vocabulary

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The proper use of Mandarin Chinese greetings can pave the way for establishing good relationships. Mandarin greetings follow the rules of conduct for Chinese society, and should always be observed when meeting someone for the first time.

Vocabulary List

nǐ hǎo
Hello
你好

nín hǎo
Hello (polite form)
您好

wǒ shì …
I am…
我是

wǒ xìng …, jiào …
My surname is…, my full name is…
我姓…叫…

Yǎ Xīn
someone’s given name
雅欣

Chén Zhōng Xīng
someone’s full name
陳中興

xiān sheng
Mister; sir
先生

máng
busy

hěn
very

ma
question particle

ne
question particle


also

Dialogue

A: Nǐ hǎo, wǒ shì Yǎ Xīn.
B: Yǎ Xīn nǐ hǎo. Wǒ xìng Chén, jiào Chén Zhōng Xīng.
A: Chén xiān sheng, nǐ hěn máng ma?
B: Hěn máng. Nǐ ne?
A: Wǒ yě máng.

A: Hello, I am Ya Xin.
B: Hello Ya Xin. My family name is Chen. My full name is Chen Zong Xing.
A: Mr. Chen, are you busy?
B: Very busy, and you?
A: I am also busy.

A: 你好, 我是雅欣.
B: 雅欣你好. 我姓陳,叫陳中興
A: 陳先生你很忙嗎?
B: 很忙. 你呢?
A: 我也忙.

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