3 Chinese Conversation Scripts to Prepare You for Real-world Dialogues (2023)

3 Chinese Conversation Scripts to Prepare You for Real-world Dialogues (1)

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Beginner Chinese conversation scripts are the worst.

No, that’s not a typo.

Imagine you look up a scripted example dialogue in Mandarin and read through it.

You download PDFs with lists of words and phrases for Chinese conversations and practice them dutifully.

You read through the English translations and know exactly what you’re saying.

You even looked up the Chinese dialogue in pinyin and can pronounce every word perfectly.

Then you go to a restaurant hoping to execute the scripted Chinese conversation that you can perform epically, and this happens:

You: 你好. (nǐ hǎo.) – Hello.

Server: 早. (zǎo.)

You: … [because scripted conversations never work like this]

早上好 (zǎo shàng hǎo)means “good morning,” and (zǎo)is a shortened form, kind of like how we just say “mornin'” in English.

But you didn’t know that. How could you have known that would be the server’s response?

To prevent your dialogue from crashing and burning within the first few seconds, we’re going to teach you how to have a real conversation in Chinese.

We’ll use three different scripts so you’ll have something to refer back to, but we’ll also show you how a versatile script is so much better than the regular “you say, they say” scripts you’re probably used to.

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Most Chinese dialogue scripts follow the same basic structure: the greeting, then a bunch of Chinese-language-based conversation. The downside of a language-based script is that, in real life, you speak to people who could say anything at any point during the conversation.

We’ve created our own Chinese conversation scripts for this post.

You can also practice with more authentic dialogue scripts on FluentU. This program uses Mandarin Chinese videos to show you the language in use naturally, through videos like movie clips, music videos, vlogs, interviews and more.

Each video comes with subtitles that you can customize that include traditional and simplified Chinese, pinyin and English translations (all of which you can turn on or off at will). Subtitles provide definitions on demand so you can stay focused on the content.

You can read along with the video’s subtitles for dialogue practice. Or, just refer to the transcript that accompanies each video for an interactive experience similar to the subtitles.

You can also download the transcripts for on-the-go learning with FluentU, or get the iOS or Android app to continue your studies wherever you are.

With that in mind, here are three people-based conversation scripts that you can use anywhere.

If you use these conversations, the person you’re talking to probably won’t realize you’re a beginner. In each script, if there’s a reference note (1) after a set of lines in the conversation, and that portion will be discussed under the “Notes” section for that script. These notes will better prepare you for what could come up in conversation.

First Things First: Rules About Chinese Greetings

  • If you aren’t sure whether the other person is Chinese or not, say “Hello” in English along with your nǐ hǎo. People of other Asian nationalities probably won’t appreciate you assuming they’re Chinese.
  • If you can confirm someone is Chinese before you start a conversation with them (for example, if you overhear them speaking Chinese), skip the greeting altogether.
  • These rules apply in any circumstance.

All conversations can start something like this:

You: 你是中国人吗?(nǐ shì zhōng guó rén ma?)Are you from China?
Them: 是啊!(shì ā!) – I am!1

You: 中国哪里?(zhōng guó nǎ li?) – Where in China are you from?
Them: 我是___的. (wǒ shì ___ de.)I’m from ____; they could say any of theseprovincesorcities.

You: 在那里有方言吗?(zài nà li yǒu fāng yán ma?)Is there a dialect in that area?
Them: . (yǒu.)There is.2

You: 你的母语是普通话吗?(mǐ de mǔ yǔ shì pú tōng huà ma?)Is Mandarin your mother tongue?
Them: (possible answers):

是的 (shì de.) – It is.

不是 (bú shì.) – No, it’s not.3


  1. You: 你是中国人吗?(nǐ shì zhōng guó rén ma?)Are you from China?
    Them: 是啊!(shì ā!)I am!

If you’re in China, don’t use this line, because the other person is probably Chinese (in fact, just jump to script number three.) However, if you aren’t in China, it’s a fabulous conversation starter.

  1. You: 在那里有方言吗?(zài nà li yǒu fāng yán ma?)Is there a dialect in that area?
    Them: 方言就是普通话. (fāng yán jǐu shìpú tōng huà.)–The local dialect is Mandarin.

Mandarin actually began as a local dialect near Beijing, so if the person you’re speaking with is from that area, the bolded phrase above is a potential answer. There aren’t any places in China without a local dialect, so the negative answer 没有 (méi yǒu) – “there isn’t” isn’t a realistic option.

  1. You: 你的母语普通话吗?(nǐ de mǔ yǔ shì pú tōng huà ma?)Is Mandarin your mother tongue?
    Them: (possible answers):

的. (shì de.) – It is.

不是. (bú shì.) – No, it’s not.

Grammar point: Chinese doesn’t have words that literally mean “yes” and “no.” Instead, the words confirm or deny what was just said. A response to a yes-or-no question will likely be based off of the verb included in the question. In this case, the verb (shì – to be) is used. The answer will likely either be (shì –is) or 不是 (bú shì – is not).

Script 1: Speaking to a Chinese Resident in Your Home Country

You: 你读书还是上班? (nǐ dú shū hái shi shàng bàn?) – Are you studying or working here?
Them: (possible answers):

读书. (dú shū.) – study.

上班. (shàng bàn.) – work.4

You: 你住在这里多久了? (nǐ zhù zài zhè li duō jiǔ le?)How long have you lived here?
Them: (possible answers):

已经 x 年了. (yǐ jīng x nián le.) – It’s already been x years.

已经 x 个月了.(yǐ jīng x gè yuè le.) – It’s already been x months.

就 x 天了. (jiǔ x tiān le.) – It’s only been x days.

我 ___ 年搬到这里了. (wǒ ___ nián bān dào zhè li le.) – I moved here in ___ [referring to the year].

我 ___ 年来了. (wǒ ___ nián lái le.)I got here in___ [referring to the year].5

You: 习惯了吗? (xí guàn le ma?) – Have you gotten used to living here?
Them: (possible answers):

习惯了. (xí guàn le.)Yeah, I’ve gotten used to it.

还没. (hái méi.) – Not yet.

不习惯. (bù xí guàn.) – Not used to it; usually said when the person has given up hope of getting accustomed.

You: 喜欢这边吗? (xǐ huān zhè biàn ma?) – How do you like it here?
Them: (possible answers):

不太喜欢. (bú tài xǐ huān.)– I don’t like it so much, as in “I’m only here because I have to be.”

还可以. (hái kě yǐ.) – It’s good, as in “it’s doable.”

不错. (bú cuò.) – Not bad, as in “I’m liking it so far.”

喜欢. (xǐ huān.) – I like it here, as in “two thumbs up.”

You: 你的父母还在中国吗? (nǐ de fū mǔ hái zài zhōng guó ma?) – Are your parents still in China?
Them: (possible answers):

还在. (hái zài.)They are.

不在. (bú zài.) – They aren’t.6


  1. You: 你读书还是上班? (nǐ dú shū hái shi shàng bàn?) – Are you studying or working here?
    Them: (possible answers)

读书. (dú shū.) – Study.

上班. (shàng bàn.) – Work.

Grammar point: Using the word还是 (hái shi) – “or” creates a multiple choice question, similar to the yes-or-no style of question in Chinese grammar, but with two other options instead of “yes” or “no.”

It’s also good to know that another possible answer will contain the word 旅游 (lǚ yóu) – traveling. If they say this, you’ll need Script 2 below.

  1. You: 你住在这里多久了? (nǐ zhù zài zhè li duō jiǔ le?) – How long have you lived here?
    Them: (possible answers):

已经 x 了. (yǐ jīng x nián le.)- It’s already been x years.

已经 x 个了. (yǐ jīng x gè yuè le.) – It’s already been x months.

就 x 了. (jiǔ x tiān le.) – It’s only been x days.

我 ___ 搬到这里了. (wǒ ___ nián bān dào zhè li le.) – I moved here in ___ [referring to the year].

我 ___ 来了. (wǒ ___ nián lái le.) – I got here in___ [referring to the year].

In Chinese, durations of time are generalized. For example, if you ask a parent how old their baby is, they’ll say “not quite one year old” instead of “10 months.”

The only two components you’ll need for this answer areduration of time (years, months, days, etc.) and numbers (one to 10 generally are good enough). If you can understand the basics of these two concepts, you’ll likely understand pretty much any answer they give you. If it was recent enough, they may just tell you thedate they arrived.

  1. You: 你的父母还在中国吗? (nǐ de fū mǔ hái zài zhōng guó ma?) – Are your parents still in China?
    Them: (possible answers):

还在. (hái zài.) – They are.

不在. (bú zài.) – They aren’t.

If the person is older, you may not want to ask about their parents for obvious reasons. It would be more appropriate to ask:

你的家人也在这里吗? (nǐ de jiā rén yě zài zhè li ma?) – Is your family here, too?

If it turns out an older person’s parents are still around, they’ll likely tell you how old they are:

他们 x 岁. (tā men x suì.) – They are x years old.

Although the question is a two-option type of question (zài or búzài), a younger person may not respond with the typicalbúzài. If they don’t respond with a simple answer, then it will be a story. The last section of this article will teach you how to manage those situations.

Script 2: Speaking to a Chinese Traveler

You: 你多长时间在这边? (nǐ duō cháng shí jiān zài zhè li?.) – How long will you be here?
Them: (possible answers):

已经 x了, 还有 x. (yǐ jīng x le, hái you x.) – I’ve already been here x, I’ll be here for another x.

一共 x. (yǐ gōngx.)In total x.

You: 你和家人一起旅游吗? (nǐ hé jiā rén yī qǐ lǚ yóu ma?)Are you traveling with your family?
Them: (possible answers):

和家人一起. (hé jiā rén yīqǐ.)With family.

我和___. (hé ___.) – Me and ___.

我一个人旅游. (wǒ yī gè rénlǚ yóu.) – I’m traveling by myself.

我出差了. (wǒ chū chāi le.)I’m on a business trip.

You: 喜欢这边吗? (xǐ huān zhè biàn ma?) – How do you like it here?
Them: (possible answers):

不太喜欢. (bú tài xǐ huān.)– I don’t like it so much, as in “I’m only here because I have to be.”

还可以. (hái kě yǐ.) – It’s good, as in “it’s a decent travel spot.”

不错. (bú cuò.) – Not bad, as in “I’m liking it so far.”

喜欢. (xǐ huān.) – I like it here, as in “two thumbs up.”7

You: 你觉得走来走去容不容易? (nǐ jué de zǒu lái zǒu qù róng bù róng yì?) – Do you think it’s easy to get around here?
Them: (possible answers):

可以的. (kě yǐ de.) – It’s manageable.

不太容易. (bú tài róng yì.) – It’s not so easy.

很容易. (hénróng yì.) – It’s pretty easy.


  1. You: 喜欢这边吗? (xǐ huān zhè biàn ma?) – How do you like it here?
    Them: (possible answers)

不太喜欢. (bú tài xǐ huān.)– I don’t like it so much, as in “I’m only here because I have to be.”

还可以. (hái kě yǐ.) – It’s good, as in “it’s a decent travel spot.”

不错. (bú cuò.) – Not bad, as in “I’m liking it so far.”

喜欢. (xǐ huān.) – I like it here, as in “two thumbs up.”

The “Do you like ___ here?” is a very useful structure to know for conversations. If you add a (de)afterzhè biàn, you can ask about other things that will get similar answers:

这边的菜(zhè biàn decài) – the food here

这边的天气 (zhè biàn de tiān qī) – the weather here

这边的人 (zhè biàn de rén) – the people here

Script 3: Traveling to China

You: 你是本地人吗? (nǐ shì běn dì rén ma?)Are you a local?
Them: (possible answers):

是的. (shì)– I am.

不是. (bú shì) – I’m not.8

You: 你喜欢___吗? (nǐ xǐ huān ___ ma?) – Do you like [the name of the city or province you’re in]?
Them: (possible answers):

不太喜欢. (bú tài xǐ huān.)– I don’t like it that much.

还可以. (hái kěyǐ.) – It’s good, as in “it’s doable.”

不错. (bú cuò.) – Not bad, as in “I’m liking it so far.”

喜欢. (xǐ huān.) – I like it here.

You: 我是___的。你认识过___人吗? (wǒ shì ___ de. nǐ rèn shi guò ___rén ma?)I’m from ____. Have you ever met a ____ before?
Them: (possible answers):

认识过. (rèn shi guò.) – I have.

这是第一次. (zhè shì dì yī cì.) – This is the first time.

你是第一个. (nǐ shì dì yī gè.) – You’re the first.9

You: 你去过别的国家吗? (nǐ qù guò bǐe de guó jiā ma?) – Have you been to any other countries?
Them: (possible answers):

没去过. (méi qù guò.) – I haven’t.

没去国外. (méi qù guó wài.)I haven’t been to another country.

泰国. (tài guó.)Thailand

越南. (yuè nán.) – Vietnam

菲律宾. (fēi lǜ bīn.) – Philippines

马来西亚. (mǎ lái xī yà.) – Malaysia

老挝. (lǎo wō.) – Laos

日本. (rì běn.) – Japan

韩国. (hán guó.) – Korea

欧洲. (ōu zhōu.) – Europe

美国. (měi guó.) – America

Other countries


  1. You: 你是本地人吗? (nǐ shì běn dì rén ma?)Are you a local?
    Them: (possible answers)

是的. (shì.)– I am.

不是. (bú shì.) – I’m not.

If you skipped from the greeting to here, you haven’t covered where they’re from, so this is a great question. If the response is “not a local,” you can respond with:

You: 你是中国哪里的?(nǐ shì zhōng guó nǎ li de?) –Where in China are you from?
Them: 我是___的. (wǒ shì ___ de.) –I’m from ____; they could potentially say any of theseprovincesorcities.

  1. You: 我是___的。你认识过___人吗? (wǒ shì ___ de. nǐ rèn shi guò ___rén ma?)I’m from ____. Have you ever met a ____ before?
    Them: (possible answers):

认识过. (rèn shi guò.)– I have.

这是第.一次. (zhè shì dì yī cì.) – This is the first time.

你是第.一个. (nǐ shì dì yī gè.) – You’re the first.

Grammar point: in most cases, if you say the name of a country (or continent) followed by (rén) – person/people, it becomes “a citizen of” said country. For example, 美国 (měi guó) means “America,” and美国人 (měi guó rén) means “American.”

6 Phrases to Add to Any Scripted Chinese Conversation

When you bring example Chinese dialogue into the real world, there’s a 99.99% chance that the person you’re talking to will go off script. Here are six phrases that all beginning Chinese learners should know.

Note: The definitions and English translations provided are in the context of a beginner Chinese learner speaking with a native Chinese speaker. These phrases can easily apply to other situations but might carry a different flavor depending on the context.

How to Apologize

There are two main reasons that you, as a beginning Chinese learner, have to know how to apologize to your native Chinese-speaking counterpart.

First, it’s culturally important. Apologizing for not understanding the other person shows that you won’t demand that they come down to your level of Chinese. It also shows that you want to communicate with them despite your language limitations. An apology can be viewed as both respectful and endearing.

Second, it’s not their fault they went off script.

Here’s how to apologize:

  • 不好意思. (bù hǎo yī si.) – a way to apologize if you don’t understand what the other person is trying to say
  • 对不起. (duì bù qǐ.) – a way to apologize if you realize you just have to chalk up that conversation as a loss (it happens)

Tip: Go sentence by sentence, not word by word. If you get the gist of what they’re trying to say, roll with it. If it turns out you missed something important, apologize later.

Also, learn the chorus to this song(the song starts at :28).

How to Say “I Don’t Understand”

Chinese is a very logic-based yet flexible language, so you’ll find there are multiple common ways to say the same thing, and yet somehow they all mean something different. “I don’t understand” is a perfect example of that.

There are three main ways to say“I don’t understand”:

  • 没听懂. (méi tīng dǒng.)
    • Literal Meaning: “Didn’t hear and get it.”
    • Implied Meaning: “I clearly heard what you said, but I don’t know what that means.”
    • When to Use: If the other person says a word or phrase that you’ve never heard before, say this.
    • Note: There’s a very similar phrase, 听不懂 (tīng bù dǒng), that basically means the same thing, but you’d say it as a reason to end a conversation, not ask for explanation.
  • 不明白. (bù míng bái.)
    • Literal Meaning: “Don’t understand.”
    • Implied Meaning: “I heard and understood what you said, but I don’t understand your point.”
    • When to Use: If you know the words the other person is saying but you don’t get the gist of what they’re trying to communicate, say this.
  • 不知道什么意思. (bù zhī dàoshén me yī si.)
    • Literal Meaning: “I don’t know what [that] means.”
    • Implied Meaning: “I don’t understand what that has to do with what we’re talking about.”
    • When to Use: If you understood every word that was said and understand what those words or phrases mean on their own, but you don’t understand how it fits into the context of the conversation, say this.

To be more specific about what you didn’t understand, you can say:

  • [word or phrase] 什么意思? (shén me yī si?)
    • Literal Meaning: “What does [word or phrase] mean?”
    • Implied Meaning: “If you tell me what that one phrase means, I’ll know exactly what you’re talking about.”
    • When to Use: If the other person says one word or phrase that you don’t understand—especially if that word or phrase could break the flow of the conversation—say this.

Study these three Chinese conversation scripts, and you’ll be prepared to meet a native Chinese speaker. Do your best and enjoy the conversations!

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1. Huáng – Unknown meaning (172 strokes) Huáng, with its incredible 172 strokes, is generally regarded as Chinese writing's most fiendishly difficult character.

What is the hardest word to spell in Chinese? ›

The character biáng requires 62 total strokes to write and contains a 馬 horse, 月 moon,刂 knife and 心 heart plus other radicals.

Is 1 year enough to learn Chinese? ›

It takes a learner with average aptitude only 15 weeks to reach level 2 for Spanish or French, but about 50 weeks to reach a similar level of the Chinese language. If you want to be fully fluent in Mandarin, you'd better plan to spend about 230 weeks, which is about 4 years.

Which is faster to learn Chinese or Japanese? ›

Japanese is slightly easier to learn. But, Chinese is much more widely spoken. Both languages have their pros and cons.

Is Chinese or Spanish harder to learn? ›

Chinese isn't all bad news, it's near complete lack of tense, mood, gender, grammatical number and inflections means it is grammatically much simpler than Spanish for all but the more advanced nuances.

What is the difference between J and zh in Chinese? ›

The hard palate is the solid part at the roof of your mouth – try to push your tongue up into your head and you'll be pushing against the hard palate. So Zh is simply the Chinese J but with the tongue curled back in a higher position against the hard palate.

What are the 3 rules of pinyin? ›

(i) If the first vowel letter is a medial, namely, "i", "u", or "ü", the tone mark is on the vowel letter immediately following the medial. (ii) If the first vowel letter is not a medial, the tone mark is always on the first vowel letter. (iii) If the tone mark is on "i", the dot is omitted.

What is the y and W in pinyin? ›

Notes: The letters "y" and "w" are not included in the table of initials in the official pinyin system. They are an orthographic convention for "i", "u" and "ü" when no initial is present. When "i", "u" or "ü" are finals and no initial is present, they are spelled "yi", "wu", and "yu", respectively.

Do Chinese read left to right? ›

First, know that modern Chinese texts are read left to right, top to bottom, just like English. But note that the ancient Chinese texts were written in columns, right to left.

What is the symbol of love in Chinese? ›

1. 爱 (ài) for love. Let's start with one of the most widely used Chinese symbols for love: 爱 (ài). 爱 is the simplified Chinese symbol for love and looks similar to the traditional Chinese character 愛.

How many Chinese characters do you need to be fluent? ›

How many Chinese characters do I need to know to be fluent? The average Chinese person only needs to know around 2,000 characters to be recognized as fluent. Those characters represent a basic education level that can help you make it in day-to-day life.

What is pinyin for sorry? ›

对不起 (Pinyin:duì bù qǐ) 对不起 is a classic apology that everyone uses. It can be used in most situations if you've made a mistake. 对不起 is a simple and straightforward word that people use to say sorry.

What is pinyin for wife? ›

: wife... : qī | Definition | Mandarin Chinese Pinyin English Dictionary | Yabla Chinese.

What is pinyin for lady? ›

女士 : lady, madam, CL... : nǚ shì | Definition | Mandarin Chinese Pinyin English Dictionary | Yabla Chinese.

What is a baddie Chinese word? ›

坏人 [huàirén] {noun} baddie (also: villain, villains, baddy, hellion, bad man)

What does 23333 mean in Chinese slang? ›

For an evil laugh you will see “mouhaha”. 7 - Mandarin Chinese: in mainland China they use the numbers 23333 to write laughter. In the Mandarin alphabet, the transcription of “haha” is 哈哈.

What is OMG in Chinese slang? ›

(Wǒde tiān na!)” which means, “Oh, my god!” It works the same in Chinese as it does in English, and is used to express the speaker's state of mind; it is mainly used to express astonishment.

Which is the shortest word? ›

One-letter words

The indefinite article a is only capitalized when it begins a sentence, but the pronoun I is always capitalized. Another single-letter word that is always capitalized is O. It's not common in everyday writing, but it appears as an interjection in poetry.

What is the number 1 longest word? ›

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is the longest word entered in the most trusted English dictionaries.

What is the 1 longest word in the world? ›

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. In most English dictionaries, the word pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is the longest one you are going to find at a whopping 45 letters long. This word refers to a lung disease caused by silica dust.

What is the word for God in China? ›

The term used commonly in Protestant Chinese bibles for God is Shén (神). This term is much more generic, meaning god, God, spirit, or soul. This probably appeals to groups who are not committed to interpreting the term Shàngdì as a historical or spiritual equivalent to the "God Most High" of the Bible.

What is the rarest Chinese character? ›

#1: biáng. The Chinese character “biáng,” used to represent Biang Biang noodles, is one of the most complex and rare Chinese characters. It has 56 strokes and cannot be found in modern dictionaries or entered into computers.

What is China nicknames? ›

China – The Red Dragon

The dragon is as much part of Chinese culture today as it has been throughout the centuries; hence it has become the country's nickname.

What is a good introduction in Chinese? ›

The most common and simple way to introduce yourself in Chinese is to say “我叫(Wǒ jiào)” followed by your name. Alternatives include “我的名字叫(Wǒ de míngzi jiào)”, “我是(Wǒ shì)” or “我的名字是(Wǒ de míngzi shì)” followed by your name.

How to chat with Chinese people? ›

6 Chat Platforms to Learn Chinese with Chatrooms and Chatbots
  1. 小冰
  2. Mondly.
  3. Eggbun.
  4. ChineseDAO via Discord.
  5. LingQ.
  6. HelloTalk.
May 11, 2023

What is a good introduction example? ›

Posing a question, defining the key term, giving a brief anecdote, using a playful joke or emotional appeal, or pulling out an interesting fact are just a few approaches you can take. Use imagery, details, and sensory information to connect with the reader if you can.

What are the 3 things a good introduction should have? ›

Your essay introduction should include three main things, in this order:
  • An opening hook to catch the reader's attention.
  • Relevant background information that the reader needs to know.
  • A thesis statement that presents your main point or argument.
Feb 4, 2019

How to tell a Chinese girl shes beautiful? ›

#1 - 你很漂亮! / 你真帅!

Nǐ hěn piàoliang! / Nǐ zhēn shuài! You're beautiful! / You're handsome! This is probably the most popular compliment you will hear in China. Girls are often referred to as beautiful women 美女 (měinǚ) and boys as handsome men 帅哥 (shuàigē).

How do you show respect in Chinese? ›

If you are meeting someone in a business context, shake hands and smile. If it is someone older than you with some sort of rank, you may do a very slight bow from the shoulders (as opposed to a full-fledged bow from the waist) as a sign of respect.

Are Chinese friendly to foreigners? ›

Although Chinese society is welcoming and Chinese people are friendly to foreigners, regularly failing to understand the culture or language can make you feel isolated.

How to flirt with a Chinese guy? ›

Try some small talk before flirting. Ask “in-depth” questions that require more than a couple of words for an answer. In that same vein, understand that Chinese men tend to be very straightforward with their feelings, something that can be really cool, but might be off-putting if you're not used to that sort of thing.

What apps are not banned in China? ›

Smartphone Apps
  • WeChat (or Weixin 微信) WeChat is one of the most popular free messaging apps in China and provides many features compared to other social messaging apps, such as Facebook Messenger. ...
  • WhatsApp. ...
  • QQ. ...
  • WeCom. ...
  • Weibo (Not Blocked) ...
  • Snow (Not Blocked) ...
  • Twitter (Blocked) ...
  • Reddit (Blocked)
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How do you respectfully address a Chinese person? ›

It is considered to be polite and respectful to address a Chinese people by his/her surname, followed by honorific titles like Xian1 Sheng1 (Sir), Nv3 Shi4 (Madam) or the job position. Given names are often called between good friends.

How do Chinese greet adults? ›

In formal situations, people bow slightly or nod politely to greet one another formally. The bow is from the shoulders and should be greater if the person you are greeting has a higher status than you. If seated, the Chinese will stand up out of respect when they are introduced to someone.


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