Meaning of the Chinese "Ni Hao Ma?"
In Chinese, "Ni Hao Ma?" is written 你好吗？* It means "How are you?" But, be careful, it might not be the "How are you" you think!
In this page, first we are going to see what "ni hao" means, then we will add "ma" at the end...
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The meaning of: Ni Hao! (你好!)
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
How to say: How are you?
Just add (ma) to the greeting formula
How are you?
If you just want to greet a person, after a warm "! (Ni hao!)" it's better if you say something like
I know, it would sound strange asking to an English speaking person "Did you eat?", right? The answer maybe would be a surprised "Why?"
Well, it's the same if we ask to a Chinese person
Option 1: Click here for complete information (meanings, pronunciations, order of strokes animations, simplified versions, traditional versions) about the three characters "Ni hao ma?" is composed of (that is 你, 好 and 吗 ).
Option 2: Click here for Lesson 1 of the "1,000 Chinese Characters" Free Tutorial.
* 你好吗？ 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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