Open Class Chinese - Daily Mandarin-
Greet in the morning
In the morning, "Good morning", or simply "Morning" are common spoken greetings in English. Let see the morning greeting in Mandarin.
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In the morning, Teacher Zhang is reading a book in the park. She meets some friends and greets with each other.
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Vocabulary to know
Rules of Grammar
(1) Greetings at Different Times
In addition to greetings in the morning, Chinese people also greet others at other time periods using the following:
Greeting at noon
中 午 好 zhōnɡ wǔ hǎo (Good Afternoon)
Greeting in the afternoon
下 午 好 xià wǔ hǎo (Good Afternoon)
Greeting in the evening or at night
晚 上 好 wǎn shɑnɡ hǎo (Good Evening)
(2) Greetings A Person with Titles
It is always safe to greet persons in professional settings by announcing their surnames followed by their titles. Two simple rules worth paying attention as follows:
When talking to a person who is a profession or senior like Minister, Head of Department, Teacher, Professor, Doctor, etc, be sure to use appropriate titles when addressing them. For examples: Teacher Zhang, Professor Zhou.
Note the words order difference between Chinese and English when addressing a person. In English, title of a person is put in front of the surname, while it is put after the surname in Mandarin. For examples,
In English, we often use Mrs. Li, Teacher Zhang, however, in Mandarin, we use 李 太 太 (lǐ tài tɑi), 张 老 师 (zhānɡ lǎo shī).
Useful and Common Titles, including:
先生 (xiānshenɡ), Mr.
小姐 (xiáo jiě), Miss
教授 (jiào shòu), Professor
经理 (jīnɡ lǐ), Manager
医生 (yī shenɡ), Doctor
老板 (láo bǎn), Boss
Chinese Surnames - There are more than 1,600 different Chinese surnames. Top 10 surnames are most common and populous, and its total population is about 550 million people. They are: