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The Chinese word ni hao - 你好 - nĭ hăo
(hello in Chinese)

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Phonetic script (Hanyu Pinyin)

nĭ hăo

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(Mandarin = standard Chinese without accent)

Note: In this special case, one of the tones is pronounced differently than the (written) Pinyin phonetic script indicates. This phenomenon is called Tone sandhi.

English translations

hi, how do you do, how are you

Chinese characters:

Chinese characters  ( ni hao / nĭ hăo ) with pronunciation (English translation: hello )

For obtaining stroke order animations, visit the links to the individual characters below.
你好 ( ni hao / nĭ hăo ) is composed of these characters: (ni) , (hao)
The traditional Chinese characters of nĭ hăo are identical with the modern (simplified) characters displayed above.
Chinese Pinyin example sentence with 你好 ( ni hao / nĭ hăo ) Writing in Pinyin
Before using this Pinyin example sentence, consider that Chinese characters should always be your first choice in written communication.
If you cannot use Chinese characters, it is preferable to use the Pinyin with tones. Only use the Pinyin without tones if there's no other option (e.g. writing a text message from/to a mobile phone that doesn't support special characters such as ā, í, ŏ, ù).

Ni hao, lao pengyou!
Nĭ hăo, lăo péngyŏu!
 – English translation: Hello, old friend!

Tags and additional information
(Meaning of individual characters, character components etc.)

you  |  good  |  informal greeting to individuals (not groups)
Chinese words containing the word 你好 ( ni hao / nĭ hăo ) :
nĭhăoma ( 你好吗 : how are you )
More words that mean hello in Chinese
nĭmenhăo ( 你们好 ), wèi ( 喂 )

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