When "喂" is used on the telephone, the pronunciation is "wéi"; when it is used to call attention directly (this is not polite, by the way) the pronunciation is "wèi."
Yeah, all the "喂" exercises seem to use the wrong, fourth tone pronunciation. People can report the audio as incorrect.
Still not fixed.
The context would be much clearer if it were something like: 喂？我是张明。你好！
You can also use 嘿 'Hēi' as an informal Hello. Very handy, as it sounds exactly like "Hey".
嘿 'Hēi' = "Hey"
你好 is the common hello/hi. 喂 'wéi' is 'hello?' when answering the phone, like in french 'allô?' halo? hallo? pronto?(in italian) ¿si, dígame?(in spanish).
Wéi can also be used when you're NOT on the phone, a bit more like "hey", "hey there" etc.
I speak spanish and i dont agree with 'si digame? Its too robotic... A simple, 'Hola' would do simply because its more natural and efficient
In Central America we say "¿Yaló?" mostly, and I agree, I've never heard anyone say "Sí dígame" ninguna vez
This is kinda like when you make a phone call to a person you don't really know and it goes something like this;
"Hello? Hi, I'm ringing about .... "
I think , if you have greeted someone , hello ,it does not make sense to say Hi . It should read as , hello ! How are you , or You're good ! This is a more appropriate English translation
this phrase is the most common way to answer a call in China, when speaked fast it almost sounds as one word "weinihao"
I put Hello? How are you? Got marked wrong, but there are so many ways of saying this in English.
"How are you?" is actually wrong. "ni hao" has a period at the end, meaning it is a statement, not a question. To say "How are you?", you say "ni hao ma?" (你好吗?)
Me, too. It makes much more sense to translate that as Hello. You're well than it does to translate it as Hello. Hi.
Well 你好 is translated as "Hello" or "Hi" in Chinese and 喂 is "Hello?" which is what you say when you're on the phone.
The traditional Chinese greeting, is not, "Hello." "Hello" may be a possible translation into English, but the actual cultural meaning in Chinese as a greeting is to ask about or refer to one's health. It is a greeting just as "How are you?" is a greeting in English.