“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.
(Jiànmiàn yào wènhǎo!)
Greet someone when you meet them.
(Jiàn dào shīzhǎng yào wènhǎo!)
Greet the teacher and older people when you meet them.
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.
(Dāngrán zuì hǎo kāikǒu jiào)
Best of all, say something in greeting.
(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”,
(Zài jiā yīgè “hǎo”)
Then add a “hao” at the end!
(Lǎoshī de xiānshēng jiào shī zhàng)
Teacher’s husband is called “Shi zhang”.
(Lǎoshī de tàitài jiào shīmǔ)
Teacher’s wife is called “Shi mu”.
(Píngbèi diǎn diǎn tóu)
Among friends just nod your head,
(Xiǎobèi shuō nǐ hǎo)
For younger people just say “Ni hao.”
(Jìnmén yào wènhǎo!)
When you enter a room, greet the people in it.
(Zǎoshang shuō “zǎo”)
In the morning, say “Zao.”
(Báitiān shuō “nǐ hǎo”)
In the daytime, say “Ni hao.”
(Wǎnshàng jiànmiàn shuō “nǐ hǎo”)
When meeting someone in the evening say “Ni hao.”
(Wǎnshàng zàijiàn shuō “wǎn'ān”)
When you part in the evening, say “Wan an.”
(Yǒu lǐ rén jiàn rén ài)
Everybody will love you when you are courteous;
(Wú lǐ méi rén ài)
No one will love when you’re not!
(Shīlǐ gèng shì dà zǔ'ài)
Rudeness is a big obstacle in your social life.