November 30, 2017



喂 (wei) = Hello (for phone) 你好 (ni hao) = Hello (for conversation)

December 25, 2017


I was about say this. You only really hear (wei) when people are taking a phonecall. I dont know other uses for it though.

January 18, 2018


喂 can also be used when calling out to someone to catch their attention, like we might say "Hey!" in English.

January 9, 2019


I'm so glad I took Chinese in college, otherwise so much of this "no context" learning would be extra confusing.

December 23, 2017


I for one have more questions than answers every time I try to learn using this course. If anyone has helpful tips, links or resources, that'd be much appreciated.

January 19, 2018


Hello Chinese is an app that I find really helpful. At this point I use Duo mainly to add to what I learn there and on Memrise. It's gotten better since they've added the tips in the app, but I still feel a bit lost in many of the exercises unfortunately.

October 11, 2018


I agree... That one goes nothing and I don't even understand if it means pardon or a way of starting the conversation or what

February 1, 2018


It's what you say when you answer the phone.

June 20, 2018


Hm, is the question mark intended to symbolize phone context?

November 30, 2017


I wouldn't say that, only because "Hello?" can mean different things depending on the context in which it's used. For learning purposes, I think the only thing that indicates it's in the context of a phone conversation is the category.

December 16, 2017


Maybe :'v

December 22, 2017


喂(wei) is used as a greeting when answering the phone, while 你好(nihao) is used as a conversational greeting.

February 21, 2018


喂(wei) is used as a greeting someone you cannot see like on a phone or in a dark room.

May 6, 2018


In Spanish it would be " aló"... It has no meaning either., it's just the way we answer a phone call.. I Italian it is something like "pronto".

July 8, 2018


working in a passenger ship, i heard a chinese also use 喂 (or something that sounds like it) when testing a microphone.

January 10, 2019


I don't know if this is just Taiwan, but I've heard 喂 pronounced as wéi, Duo seems to pronounce it with the accent going in the other direction...

January 11, 2019
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