Greetings in Chinese

Many parents have written to us about our article on Chinese greetings, asking for pronunciations of the greetings.
Below is the same list with pinyin added.

日常的問候語 Everyday greetings

日常招呼/問候
Everyday salutation
  • 早安 /zǎo ān/!
  • 你好 /nǐ hǎo/!(叔叔 /shū shu /好!阿姨 /ā yí/好!XXX好!)
  • 午安/wǔ ān/!
  • 晚上好/wǎn shàng hǎo/!
  • 晚安 /wǎn ān/!
  • 多謝 /duō xiè/!(謝謝你 /xiè xiè nǐ/!)
  • 對不起 /Duì bù qǐ/!
  • 請問… /qǐng wèn/
  • 再見 /zài jiàn/!拜拜 /bài bài/!
家中有親友來看望
When friends come to your home
  • 歡迎 /huān yíng/!
  • 請進 /qǐng jìn/!
  • 請坐 /qǐng zuò/!
  • 請喝水 /qǐng hē shuǐ/!(捧水/茶要兩隻手喔 Offer drinks with both hands)
逢年過節的時候...
Holidays & festivals
  • XX節快樂 /xx jié kuài lè/!(聖誕節 /shèng dàn jié/ 端午節 /duān wǔ jié/ 中秋節 /zhōng qiū jié/ 情人節 /qíng rén jié/…)
  • 新年快樂 /xīn nián kuài lè/!
送禮物給朋友時
When you give a present
  • 希望你喜歡。/xī wàng nǐ xǐ huān/
  • 小小意思,不成敬意。/xiǎo xiǎo yì si, bù chéng jìng yì/
個別情況
Individual situations
  • (需要道歉時 apologise) 對不起!/duì bù qǐ/
  • (請人讓路 ask to get past someone) 不好意思!請讓一讓!/bù hǎo yì si, qǐng ràng yī ràng/
  • (收到禮物 when receiving presents) 多謝 /duō xiè/!謝謝/xiè xiè/!
  • (回答別人對你感謝 when people thank you) 沒關係 /méi guān xì/!不用謝 /
    bù yòng xiè/!不必客氣 /bù bì kè qì/!
  • (用餐起筷前 at the start of a meal) [xx長輩] 吃飯 /xxx(the senior person) /chī fàn/!
在歡樂喜慶的日子 On happy days

 生日 Birthdays 

  • 生日快樂!/shēng rì kuài lè/
  • 年年有今日,歲歲有今朝!/nián nián yǒu jīnrì, suì suì yǒu jīnzhāo/
  • 福如東海!壽比南山! (老人家生日) /fú rú dōng hǎi, shòu bǐ nán shān/ (for elderly people's birthdays)

 婚禮 Weddings 

  • 恭喜!/gōng xǐ/
  • 永結同心!/yǒng jié tóng xīn/
  • 白頭到老!/bái tóu dào lǎo/
在所難免的難過日子 Unavoidable sad days

 探病 Visiting the ill 

  • 早日康復!/zǎo rì kāng fù/
  • 保重身體!/bǎo zhòng shēn tǐ/

 喪禮 Funeral 

  • 節哀順變 /jié āi shùn biàn/

You may also like to play the Chinese greetings chatterbox game for more practice with your children.

Chinese Greetings Chatterbox

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