So, you've made the decision to learn Chinese. Well done- it's the first step of many! Now the hard part begins - you actually have to learn it! One of the first things you'll need to learn is how to say 'Hello'. In Chinese, 'hello' is ‘你好' and is pronounced 'nǐ hǎo'. This common greeting can be used at any time of the day. *NOTE : In Chinese, when two third tones characters are next to each other, the first character takes on the second tone so 你好 is actually pronounced 'níhǎo'! It is a composite of the characters 你 nǐ which means 'you' and 好 hǎo which means 'good'. So, literally, the phrase means 'you good'.