Living in Malaysia, I believe we all are exposed with diversity of language and culture since we were young. Chinese being the second largest race in Malaysia means all of us would have at least 2-3 Chinese friends or neighbors growing up. I bet at some points we wish we can speak Mandarin and talk with our Chinese friends in their native language.
Mandarin sounds foreign yet it is a fascinating language to learn, and it can be especially useful for traveling to Mandarin-speaking countries such as China. Together, we'll explore some practical phrases and sentences that can help you start using Mandarin in day-to-day conversation even if you have zero basic in it.
All conversations starts with a proper greeting, unless you are a naturally rude person or your siblings stole your food without permission. Mandarin, just like any other language, does have few ways to greet people. The most common and widely known is none other than "你好 (nǐ hǎo)" that means "hello". Alternatively, you can also start the conversation with "你好吗？(nǐ hǎo ma)" to ask "how are you?" or "最近好吗 (zuì jìn hǎo ma)" to ask "how's it going?"