5 awesome Chinese expressions


Happy Chinese Language Day!

April 20 was chosen as Chinese Language Day, “to pay tribute to Cang Jie, a mythical figure who is presumed to have invented Chinese characters.

Let’s celebrate the UN Chinese Language Day by learning these 5 funny and useful greeting expressions to impress Chinese native!


Zao Shang Hao-Good Morning 早上好!

Say Zao Shang Hao (good morning) loud and crisp as you meet your friends for Tai Chi practice in the morning.


Chi le ma?- Have you eaten? 吃了么?

It is suitable to ask this question anytime after lunch time. This is the equivalent of “how are you?”. A friend with full stomach is a happy friend!


Gan ma ne?- What’s up? 干嘛呢?

Check on your friends and see if they want to hang out. Otherwise, it’s a casual way to check if they have a moment to talk too.


Ge mer- Brother 哥们儿

Can be used to addressed your male friends, and in combination with of any of the above, for example, “Ge Mer, Chi le ma?” Would mean have you eaten, my brother?


Mei nv/Shuai Ge- Beautiful/handsome 美女/帅哥

Pay your close friends a compliment as you greet them, can be used in combination with any of the above greetings, for example, “Gan Ma Ne, Mei Nv?” would certainly bring a smile to your close female friends.


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Emma was a French Language Expert at Busuu. Originally from London, U.K, Emma moved to Brighton to study Anthropology and Languages (French and Spanish) and later spent time living on the French overseas department, La Réunion. In her spare time she loves travel and culture, crochet, cooking and singing!



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