商务问候礼仪 (shāngwù wènhòu lǐyí) Business Greeting Etiquette
问候 (wènhòu): n/v. greeting/ to send one’s regards to
久仰 (jiǔyǎng): v. I’ve heard so much about you
Greetings are the first parts of a conversation between people during business exchanges. We greet people differently depending upon the circumstances.
To greet people we are meeting for the first time, the most standard expressions are: “你好 (nǐhǎo) hello,” “很高兴认识您 (hěn gāoxìng rènshí nín) glad to meet you,” “见到您非常荣幸 (jiàn dào nín fēicháng róngxìng) it’s a great honor to meet you.” Both “你 (nǐ)” and “您 (nín)” mean “you” in English, but they are different in Chinese. “您 (nín)” shows full respect to others, and is generally used to address elders or your boss, while “你 (nǐ)” is often used to address peers.
To greet an acquaintance, one should choose words that are casual and informal. For example, “好久不见了 (hǎo jiǔ bú jiàn le) long time no see,” “又见面了 (yòu jiànmiàn le) see you again,” “你气色不错 (nǐ qìsè búcuò) you have a good complexion.”
To greet a prestigious person, the standard ways of addressing them are “久仰 (jiǔyǎng) I’ve heard so much about you,” or “幸会 (xìnghuì) I’m fortunate to meet you.”
The character “问 (wèn)” means to ask and “候 (hòu)” means to wait, but here “候 (hòu)” means to greet.
Shāngwù wènhòu hěn zhòngyào, yòng de bú qiàdàng kěnéng huì yǐnqǐ wùhuì.
商务 问候 很 重要， 用 的 不 恰当 可能 会 引起 误会。
Business greetings are quite critical because if they are used in an inappropriate way, they can create misunderstanding or embarrassment between people.
The character “久 (jiǔ)” refers to a “long duration of time” and “仰 (yǎng)” refers to ‘look up to”.
A: Jiǔyǎng dàmíng, jīntiān zhōngyú jiàn dào nín le.
久仰 大名， 今天 终于 见 到 您 了。
I’ve heard so much about you. Finally, I get to see you today.
B: Wǒ yě hěn gāoxìng jiàn dào nín.
我 也 很 高兴 见 到 您。
Nice to meet you, too.
熟人 (shúrén): n. people whom you know very well
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