Posted by Julia Song 19399
In English after we said our names in an introduction, we are used to say "Nice to meet you" or "Glad to meet you" to show our enthusiasm. The Chinese, who are regarded as most warm and hospitable people in the world, have any equivalent expression? Yes, of course. This article will teach you how to say "Nice to meet you" like a native Chinese.
In many Chinese books or documents, we can often find this sentence "nice to meet" which is translated to "很高兴见到您hěn ɡāo xìnɡ jiàn dào nín" or "见到您很高兴jiàn dào nín hěn ɡāo xìnɡ". Hěn means very, ɡāo xìnɡ means glad, jiàn dào means meet and nín is you. That's the literally expression. In fact, expression "hěn ɡāo xìnɡ rèn shí nǐ"or ""rèn shí nǐhěn ɡāo xìnɡ(rèn shí means be acquainted with) will be better.
But in common life, if you take care, you will find that we heard really rare these expression when we new meet someone right? So how Chinese people say "nice to meet you"?
Well expression "幸会xìnɡ huì" is very useful which means "glad to meet you". Sometimes it's used twice together, so you would say "xìnɡ huì, xìnɡ huì" rather than just one time to show your enthusiasm.
"久仰大名Jiú yǎnɡ dà míng" is also a popular expression which means "I've heard about you for a long time". "Jiú yǎnɡ" means heard about for a long time and "dà míng" is you honorable name. Chinese people also say "jiú yǎnɡ" or "jiú yǎnɡ jiú yǎnɡ".
Another popular expression: "见到你很荣幸 jiàn dào nǐ hěn rónɡ xìnɡ" which means "It's an honor to meet you" or " 认识你很荣幸rèn shí nǐ hěn rónɡ xìnɡ " means "It's an honor to know you". "rónɡ xìnɡ" is a more native expression to say "honor".
Many new comers often use expression "chū cì jiàn miàn, qǐnɡ duō ɡuān zhào" which means "It's the first time meeting you, please be more kind". Chū cì means the first time, 见面jiàn miàn means meet, 请qǐnɡ is please and 多关照 duō ɡuān zhào means be more kind.
Those are expression very popular. Can you feel the broad and profound Chinese culture from those expressions? If you want to know more about Chinese culture, here to try a free Mandarin lesson now.