DanseMacabre Post time 2011-11-22 16:27:10

How do you say "Hello" in Chinese?

Well, I know "Ni Hao" is totally fine, but someone actually told me there is another way, "Chi Le Mei?", like "Have you eaten yet?".

Seriously...

NE_Tigress Post time 2011-11-22 19:46:17

"Chi Le Mei" used to be a popular greeting some 20-30 years ago. We don't say it often nowadays.  However if you say it it's Ok. People will smile at you and say "Chi Le. Xie Xie!" (yes I have eaten, thank you.)

NE_Tigress Post time 2011-11-22 20:03:45

This post was edited by NE_Tigress at 2011-11-22 20:07

Btw, usually it's not an invitation to a meal, but just a greeting.  Normally, no matter if we have eaten or not we would still say "Chi Le, Chi Le, Xie Xie Ni!" (Yes, yes I have eaten, thank you!) to avoid embarrassment.

If you do say "Hai Mei Ne" (not yet) or "Hai Mei Chi Ne"(haven't eaten yet), normally the other person would say "Kuai Qu Chi Ba, Bie Yi Hu'er E La" (you better eat soon, or you'll feel hungry).  

It may sound strange to foreigners, but it was a habitual way of greeting between Chinese some time ago.

But don't worry, it is no longer used often now. "Ni Hao" is perfect. {:soso_e181:}

In China, if somebody wants to invite you to a meal, he/she would insist even if you are not hungry.;P In this case, if you really don't want to accept the invitation, just make an excuse, such as "my gf is waiting for me now. If I'm late she will dump me" ;P.

xilaren Post time 2011-11-22 20:23:12

NE_Tigress Post time: 2011-11-22 20:03 static/image/common/back.gif
Btw, usually it's not an invitation to a meal, but just a greeting.  Normally, no matter if we have  ...

also somebody  needs to add that she is very rich and I do not want to lose her:lol:lol

DanseMacabre Post time 2011-11-22 20:23:32

NE_Tigress Post time: 2011-11-22 20:03 static/image/common/back.gif
Btw, usually it's not an invitation to a meal, but just a greeting.  Normally, no matter if we have  ...

Thanks for all the information.

Very enlightening. :handshake

xilaren Post time 2011-11-22 20:23:46

NE_Tigress Post time: 2011-11-22 20:03 static/image/common/back.gif
Btw, usually it's not an invitation to a meal, but just a greeting.  Normally, no matter if we have  ...

thank you for the lesson.Really useful to me:handshake

NE_Tigress Post time 2011-11-22 20:28:05

xilaren Post time: 2011-11-22 20:23 static/image/common/back.gif
also somebody  needs to add that she is very rich and I do not want to lose her

:lol:lol  That's more convincing. :lol
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