Hello everyone, I'm back again with another week of learn Chinese with Taiwanese Drama. This week we'll be going over 3 common greetings.
Most of us learn the phrase 你好 (nǐ hǎo) at some point. This phrase could mean hello or good morning. Though, this is not usually used in Taiwan because it sounds off to native speakers. It's a westernized way of saying hello. However, you can use the ending 好 (hǎo) in phrases to ask if someone is fine like this: "老師好" (lăo shī hǎo). "老師" (lăo shī ) means teacher. This is most commonly used to address someone who's older than you or a stranger you meet in public. Alright, so the most common and proper way to say good morning is 早安 (zǎo ān). 早 (zǎo) means early/morning and 安 (ān) means peace. If you put these two words together, you get morning peace. In a more direct english translation, it becomes good morning. NOTE: 早 (zǎo) can be used alone as a casual phrase to friends.
So, to say good afternoon you simply replace the first word to 午 (wǔ ). The word is taken from 中午 (zhōng wŭ) which means noontime.
Finally, to say good night you simply replace the first word to 晚 (wǎn). The word only means late. It came from the phrase 晚上 (wǎn shang), night time. Thus, If you say 晚安 (wǎn ān), it becomes good night.
It got a little long but I wanted to explain it well! I hope you all find this helpful.