Impress Chinese guests with basic Mandarin
Mandarin has more native speakers than any other language in the world, with nearly a billion people speaking it. When entertaining Chinese guests make their day by using a few Mandarin words.
Nǐhǎo - Nice to see you
Pronounced: ‘Nee – how’
The most common greeting used in China is nǐhǎo, which translates into “Nice to see you”.
Wèi - Hello
Wèi is almost exclusively a telephone greeting. In person, Chinese people greet each other with Nǐhǎo.
Nǐ hǎo ma? - How are you?
"Nǐ hǎo ma?" translates literally into "You good?" but is interchangeable with “How are you?”
Hǎobùhǎo? - Good or bad?
Hǎo means ‘good’ or okay, Bùhǎo means ‘not good’. Combining the two gives you "Hǎobùhǎo?", which means ‘Good or not good?’ or, as we would say, ‘Is it ok?’
Xièxie - Thank you
Duìbuqǐ - I'm sorry
Duìbuqǐ can be used to apologise, or as “excuse me” for mishearing.