How are you in Chinese
Pronouncing "how are you?" in Chinese
Here are some common questions that follow a greeting.
For friends or family:
How are you recently?
How is it going recently?
For strangers or more senior persons:
How are you?
What do you say if someone asks you one of these questions?
Very well, thanks.
A little busy.
A common follow-up question is, “And you?”, Nǐ zěnmeyàng？ (你怎么样？) or in short and informal terms nǐ ne？(你 呢？)
And how about you?
If someone tells you that he or she is not feeling well you could say the following…
If someone is feeling great you might want to say the following…
It is true that in most languages in the world, when people hear some bad news from friends, they normally say “I’m sorry”, e.g. to someone who is sick. Yet in Chinese, people only say the phrase “I’m sorry” when they have done something wrong.
It is still important to know how to say it in Chinese, because everybody makes mistakes, don’t they? Some people even believe that the most important phrase in any language is how to say you’re sorry! Others disagree. They say that there are THREE important phrases that you absolutely must know in any language. They are:
I love you.
Could you please help me?
Hmm, I can’t think of a situation in which I’d need to use all three, but I’ll leave it to your imagination! That’s it for today’s lesson.
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