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Hello, Hi, Good morning/afternoon/evening...

Saying hi

English
Pronun­ciation
Writing
Hello/Hi
nĭ hăo
你好
Hello (polite)
Nǐn hǎo ma
您好嗎
Hello (phone)
Wèi
Good morning
zăoshàng hăo; nĭ zăo; zăo
早上好; 你早; 早
Good afternoon
xiàwŭ hăo
下五好
Good evening
wănshàng hăo
晚上好
How is it going ?
nĭ zĕnmeyàng ?
你怎么样 ?
How’s it going lately ?
zuìjìn zĕnmeyàng ?
最近怎么样 ?
How are you lately ?
zuìjìn hăoma ?
最近好吗 ?
Instead of 你好 (nĭ hăo), you can simply say Hey. This is due to the fact more and more Chinese people are learning English and start incorp­orating English words in their every day vocabu­lary.

Responding to "How are you ?"

English
Pronun­ciation
Writing
I’m doing great, thank you
wŏ hĕnhăo, xièxie
我很好, 谢谢
I’m not doing well
wŏ bútàihăo
我不台好
So-so
mămăhūhū
马马虎虎
I'm OK
háixíng
还行
I'm fine/good
wǒ hěn hǎo
我很好

Saying goodbye

English
Pronun­ciation
Writing
Goodbye
zàijiàn
再见
See you tomorrow
míngtiān jiàn
明天见
See you soon/later
huítóu jiàn
回头见
Good luck
zhù nĭ hăoyùn
祝你好运
See you next week
xiàge xīngqījiàn
下个星期见
Talk to you soon
găitiān zàiliáo
改天再聊
Take care
mànzŏu
慢走
 

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