你好! (nǐ hǎo) / 您好！ (nín hǎo) “Hello” Just in case you’re just getting started with Chinese, let’s cover our bases. “Nǐ hǎo” is basically the first phrase that you learn in Chinese class.
How do you say hello in China?
What is the response to Ni Hao?
But how you respond people when they say to you “Ni hao ma?” (how are you?); It is pretty easy, just say “Wo Hen Hao” (I am very good), Wo = I, Hen = Very, Hao = Good.
How do you reply to Xie Xie?
I always reply by saying “Thank you,” with the emphasis on the word you. Think about Mandarin, where the response to “xie xie” is often “bu yong xie” (literally, no need to thank) or “bu ke qi” (it is nothing – IF I understand them correctly).
What Ni hao ma means?
“How are you” is the most common way to greet people in English, therefore it’s natural for an English speaker to ask a Chinese how to say “how are you?” Well, literally translating “how are you” into Chinese is “ni hao ma”.
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