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4 Hello or goodbye?

Now you are more familiar with expressions for greeting and taking your leave, complete the activity below.

Activity 3

Look at the images below and drag and drop each one next to the short exchange that matches the picture.

Then, reveal the answer.

Using the following two lists, match each numbered item with the correct letter.

  1. Two businessmen shake hands formally in front of a table in a meeting room, with other colleagues standing in the background.

  2. A woman waves to two female friends as she walks away.

  3. Two men shaking hands informally in a restaurant. One of the men has his hand on the other man’s arm too.

  • a.A: Nín hǎo!

    B: Nín hǎo!

  • b.A: Zàijiàn!

    B: Zàijiàn!

  • c.A: Nǐ hǎo!

    B: Nǐ hǎo!

The correct answers are:
  • 1 = a
  • 2 = b
  • 3 = c

Answer

How did you get on? If you were not sure of any of these answers, take a look at the correct matches below. You can also click on the recordings to listen to the exchanges.

1. This picture shows two businessmen shaking hands formally. The correct greeting would be ‘Nín hǎo!’.

Two businessmen shake hands formally in front of a table in a meeting room, with other colleagues standing in the background.
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2. This picture shows friends waving goodbye to each other, so the correct expression would be ‘Zàijiàn!’.

A woman waves to two female friends as she walks away.
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3. This picture shows two friends shaking hands warmly to say hello, so the correct expression would be ‘Nǐ hǎo!’.

Two men shaking hands informally in a restaurant. One of the men has his hand on the other man’s arm too.
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