How do you say hello in Cantonese?

Is it "lei ho" or "nei ho"?

I've heard it both ways, and I want to know the authentic way to say hi.

11 Answers

  • If you were to look up the characters "你好" on various cantonese pingyin dictionaries, you will find that both Lei and Nei can be applied to the character "你".

    Nei ho is more classic cantonese originating in Guangzhou, but Lei ho is probably more commonly used by cantonese speakers in Hong Kong,

    你 好

    Lei Ho

    Additionally, it is perfectly ok to just say hello in China or Hong Kong, a lot of chinese people would greet each other with "hello" anyway. There is even a translated chinese version of hello in cantonese:

    (哈囉 - Ha lor)

  • Hello In Cantonese

  • Hello (你好) in Cantonese is Néih Hóu (using Yale Romanisation of Cantonese)

    In modern day Cantonese, especially in Hong Kong, the N sound has merged with the L sound hence you might hear Léih Hóu.

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    How do you say hello in Cantonese?

    Is it "lei ho" or "nei ho"?

    I've heard it both ways, and I want to know the authentic way to say hi.

  • Translate Hello To Chinese

  • Broken down...Nei Ho translates to "You good?" with the mah as a classifier. Greeting is: "Nei Ho Mah?" with "Nei" being "You" and "Ho" being "Good". This is what was said by the early Chinese who arrived in Canada from Guang Dong, Toisan area of China in the 1918s.

  • Hello in Cantonese is "néih hóu" (nay hoh).

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  • well all languages have more than one way but

    nin hao is the formal way to say it ni hao is informal

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