Greetings

  • 30 August, 2018
  • Paula Chao
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“Fitting in in Chinese” is a special series on Chinese to Go, which is jointly produced by the Chinese Language Center of Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages and Radio Taiwan International.

 

Episode 66

 

Greetings

 

見面要問好!
(Jiànmiàn yào wènhǎo!)
Greet someone when you meet them.

 

見到師長要問好!
(Jiàn dào shīzhǎng yào wènhǎo!)
Greet the teacher and older people when you meet them.

 

怎麼問?
(Zěnme wèn?)
How?

 

欠欠身 彎彎腰 點點頭 笑一笑
(Qiàn qiànshēn wān wān yāo diǎn diǎn tóu xiào yíxiào)
Bow slightly, bow deeply, nod your head, smile.

 

當然最好開口叫
(Dāngrán zuì hǎo kāikǒu jiào)
Best of all, say something in greeting.

 

怎麼叫?
(Zěnme jiào?)
How?

 

長輩跟著朋友叫
(Zhǎngbèi gēnzhe péngyǒu jiào)
For older people, just repeat what you hear your friends call them.

 

爺爺 奶奶 阿公 阿嬤 阿姨 叔叔
(Yéyé nǎinai āgōng ā mā āyí shūshu)
“Grandfather”, “Grandmother”, “Grandpa”, “Grandma”, “Aunt”, “Uncle”,

 

再加一個「好」
(Zài jiā yīgè “hǎo”)
Then add a “hao” at the end!

 

老師的先生叫師丈
(Lǎoshī de xiānshēng jiào shī zhàng)
Teacher’s husband is called “Shi zhang”.

 

老師的太太叫師母
(Lǎoshī de tàitài jiào shīmǔ)
Teacher’s wife is called “Shi mu”.

 

平輩點點頭
(Píngbèi diǎn diǎn tóu)
Among friends just nod your head,

 

小輩說你好
(Xiǎobèi shuō nǐ hǎo)
For younger people just say “Ni hao.”

 

進門要問好!
(Jìnmén yào wènhǎo!)
When you enter a room, greet the people in it.

 

早上說「早」
(Zǎoshang shuō “zǎo”)
In the morning, say “Zao.”

 

白天說「你好」
(Báitiān shuō “nǐ hǎo”)
In the daytime, say “Ni hao.”

 

晚上見面說「你好」
(Wǎnshàng jiànmiàn shuō “nǐ hǎo”)
When meeting someone in the evening say “Ni hao.”

 

晚上再見說「晚安」
(Wǎnshàng zàijiàn shuō “wǎn'ān”)
When you part in the evening, say “Wan an.”

 

有禮人見人愛
(Yǒu lǐ rén jiàn rén ài)
Everybody will love you when you are courteous;

 

無禮沒人愛
(Wú lǐ méi rén ài)
No one will love when you’re not!

 

失禮更是大阻礙
(Shīlǐ gèng shì dà zǔ'ài)
Rudeness is a big obstacle in your social life.