chinese for hi or hello. if you add 'ma' to the end, it means how are you doing today?
ME: ni hao ma?

You: Wo hun hao(im great in chinese)
by animejunkie429800 April 17, 2005
ni hao (second tone first tone when used together) means 'Hello' in mandarin chinese. When the question word 'ma' (no tone) is added at the end of it, it simply means "How are you?" The literal meaning of ni hao is 'you good'. Putting something before the word good makes it hello to that paticular person or group of people. ni is simply 'you', so you would that that to only one person. With the 'ma', the literal translation is 'you good?'
yue lan: ni hao!
xiao yun: ni hao ma?
yue lan: hao. ni ne?
by yue lan November 14, 2006
This is a Mandarin Chinese phrase typically used in greeting. The term literally means "you good" ('ni' means 'you' and hao' means 'good'), but is used as a "hello" or "hi".

If a 'ma' is added to the end of the phrase, its meaning is changed to something like "Are you well?" This is also a phrase used in greeting others, as it's polite.
"Ni hao ma?"
What I like about speaking in foreign languages is that you can say literally anything, and most people won't know what in heck it means.

I also know two cusswords in Japanese
by oh dear, I'm nothing to you. November 10, 2017
Hello in Chinese. Most commonly used by non-Chinese people to show off the only chinese phrase they know to a Chinese they just met, who can speak fluent English ironically.
"Hey I have learnt some Chinese from another Chinese hao."
"Oh, wow. That's great. I wish I know how to say hello in your language."
by mitual February 5, 2009
"Ni hao" has become a phrase to say derrogatorily to "chinese gold farmers" (a player whose sole purpose is to collect in-game currency to sell to other players for real-world money) in MMO games such as World of Warcraft or Everquest. Usually used snidely or snarkily.
Loveamericahappy whispers: "You give me ten stack good water kk?"
You whisper: "Ni hao!"
by rawtoast November 3, 2006
Something white people say whenever they see an Asian.
"oh you're Asian? I know some korean, look! 'ni hao'!"
Japanese guy: *stares motherfuckerly*
Ni hao Song-Su!
Peter- Ni hao Sen-Yuan.
by smith Newman November 24, 2005