Skip main navigation

New offer! Get 30% off one whole year of Unlimited learning. Subscribe for just £249.99 £174.99. New subscribers only. T&Cs apply

Find out more


How do acquaintances greet each other?
Several acquaintances are chatting
© Helena Lopes
In daily life, acquaintances usually greet each other in informal way. Here are two examples:

audio – 你吃了吗(Nǐ chī le ma)? (Have you eaten yet?) — When it is around the meal time.

audio – 你去哪儿(Nǐ qù nǎr)? (Where are you going?) — When we see each other on the way.

These ways of greeting are warm-hearted because all of them are about life trifles. We just answer these questions according to real situations, but we don’t have to give details.

© Shanghai International Studies University
This article is from the free online

Learn Chinese: Introduction to Chinese Conversation

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Reach your personal and professional goals

Unlock access to hundreds of expert online courses and degrees from top universities and educators to gain accredited qualifications and professional CV-building certificates.

Join over 18 million learners to launch, switch or build upon your career, all at your own pace, across a wide range of topic areas.

Start Learning now