I was about say this. You only really hear (wei) when people are taking a phonecall. I dont know other uses for it though.
喂 can also be used when calling out to someone to catch their attention, like we might say "Hey!" in English.
I'm so glad I took Chinese in college, otherwise so much of this "no context" learning would be extra confusing.
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.
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.
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
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.
喂(wei) is used as a greeting when answering the phone, while 你好(nihao) is used as a conversational greeting.
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".