Today's Chinese characters:
Maybe you think you know the meaning of the Chinese expression "Ni hao ma?".
In Chinese, "Ni hao ma?" is written 你
details？* It means "How are you?" But, be careful, it might not be the "How are you" you think!
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Description and Examples
The meaning of: 你好！(Ni hao!)
It means "Hi!", "How do you do?", "Hello!" It is an everyday greeting and is used at any time, on any occasion and by a person of any social status. The reply should also be "你
How to say: How are you?—Part 1
literally: You good吗
If you just want to greet a person, in this free Chinese course we will study how to do that the Chinese way. In the meantime, it's fine if you just say 你
A little preview: In Chinese, a very common expression used to greet someone is "Did you eat?" (你吃了吗？Nǐ chī le ma?) that, I know, would sound strange if asked in English. The answer, in the English speaking world, maybe would be a surprised "Why?"
Well, it's the same if we greet a Chinese person saying "你
Anyway, again, if we really want to ask a friend about her state of health or condition, "你
You're now ready to learn by heart your first dialogue—the simplest ever!
details？" is simplified Chinese, while the equivalent traditional Chinese is "你好嗎？". For the difference between simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese, please click here.
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