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How are you in Chinese

How do you ask "How are you?" in Chinese – and how do you reply? Whether you’re feeling good, bad, or something in between, you’ll know how to explain after this free Rocket Chinese audio lesson.

No matter if you’re traveling to a Mandarin Chinese-speaking country or getting to know people closer to home, these words and phrases are essential for your Chinese language survival kit. By the end of this lesson you’ll know the formal and informal ways to for ask people how they are to ensure you make a good first impression. And just in case you need to apologize… you’ll learn how to say sorry in Chinese as well!

Feeling confident with these basic Chinese words and phrases will make such a positive difference to your experiences with Chinese people. Remember, a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet!

Resources for further reading:

Pronouncing "how are you?" in Chinese

Chinese women - How are you?

Here are some common questions that follow a greeting.

For friends or family:

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Zuìjìn hǎo ma?

How are you recently?


Zuìjìn zěnmeyàng?

How is it going recently?

For strangers or more senior persons:


Nǐ hǎoma?

How are you?

What do you say if someone asks you one of these questions?

很好,谢谢 。


Very well, thanks.

好 。



和平常一样 。

Hé píngcháng yíyàng。

As always.

有点儿忙 。

Yǒudiǎrn máng。

A little busy.

我病了 。

Wǒ bìng le。

I'm sick.

一般 。



还可以 。

Hái kěyǐ。

Not bad.




一切都好 。

Yíqiè dōuhǎo。

All good.



Quite good.

A common follow-up question is, “And you?”, Nǐ zěnme yàng? (你怎么样?) or in short and informal terms nǐ ne?(你 呢?)


Nǐ zěnmeyàng?

And how about you?


Nǐ ne?

And you?

If someone tells you that he or she is not feeling well you could say the following…



Take care!

If someone is feeling great you might want to say the following…


Tàihǎo le!


It is true that in most languages in the world, when people hear some bad news from friends, they normally say “I’m sorry”, e.g. to someone who is sick. Yet in Chinese, people only say the phrase “I’m sorry” when they have done something wrong.

It is still important to know how to say it in Chinese, because everybody makes mistakes, don’t they? Some people even believe that the most important phrase in any language is how to say you’re sorry! Others disagree. They say that there are THREE important phrases that you absolutely must know in any language. They are:

对不起 。


I'm sorry.

我爱你 。

Wǒ ài nǐ。

I love you.


Qǐng bānggèmáng,hǎoma?

Could you please help me?

Hmm, I can’t think of a situation in which I’d need to use all three, but I’ll leave it to your imagination! That’s it for today’s lesson.

If you want more lessons on Chinese salutations then I recommend that you check out the following:

下次见! Xiàcì jiàn!

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