The first thing people do when meeting others is offer a greeting—although this can vary according to the time of day and how well you know the other person. Make sure you get it right!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(1) How to greet others

(2) What to say when leaving someone

Dialogue: Two people are chatting at different times of day: the morning, the afternoon and evening.

A-早啊,王娜!Morning, Wang Na

B-哎,早!Hello, Morning

A-王娜,你吃了么?Have you eaten?

B-没呢!Not yet.

A-走,那咱们一起!Let’s go together (to eat)

in the dormitory

A-11点了。关灯睡觉了啊。It’s 11 o’clock, time to turn off the light and sleep

B-好。晚安!Okay, goodnight

A-嗯,晚安。Goodnight

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

早啊: Casual version of good morning

你吃了吗?Have you eaten? is a popular greeting expression in Chinese

那咱们一起 Let’s go together

11点:11 o’clock

晚安:Good evening

Cultural note: Chinese people do not usually greet others in the afternoon, but will usually ask if they have had lunch yet. So, do not feel strange if a native Chinese speaker asks you this question.

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Narrated by Song Liu

Our Podcast narrator, is a native Chinese speaker and is originally from Beijing, China and is keen to help you get ahead with learning. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Song also hosted a Mandarin live call-in news and music radio show in the Bay Area.

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