How to say What's up in Chinese - 怎么样?怎么了? 有事吗?more?

I really want more variety of fun & informal greetings to say to my 中国人同事 zhōng guó rén tóng shì。(chinese colleagues).  I started saying 'What up' due to overuse on Futurama and want an equivalent.

 

What are good, short & interesting ways to greet people besides staples like 你好 nǐ hǎo,吃饭了吗 chī fàn le ma,早 zǎo?

 

I asked the question on italki, got these responses.

 

怎么了? zěn me le?

沒事吧 méi shì bā

in Chinglish "Halo"(Hello)哈喽、"Hai"(Hi),these are informal greets between friends.

1. hǎo ā ,好啊
2.zuì jìn zĕn me yàng 最近怎么样
3. gàn má qù le 干嘛去了
4 qì sè bù cuò 气色不错
5.yŏu xīn xiān shì méi 有新鲜事没
6. méi shá shì bā 没啥事吧

 

And this answer, which has a pretty interesting google translation

打招呼嘛,你就跟他说:“哈喽啊!”就可以了。

Well hello, you told him: "Hello ah! " on it.

dá zhāo hu ma nĭ jiù gēn tā shuō hā lóu ā jiù kĕ yĭ le

 

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Comment by Seraph Ching on May 13, 2012 at 9:18pm

This is interesting...

I think 没事吧 & 没啥事吧 & 哈喽啊 sound more northern Chinese accent, we don't use it here in Shanghai.  怎么了 & 干吗去了 & 你在干吗 & 有新鲜事没“ are more like questions than greetings.

If you ask 你在干吗 and get an answer as 没干吗, means he doesn't want to share and want to end this topic. Or he can be more specific like 在无聊boring/没有事情做nothing to do, etc.


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Comment by Brandon on October 1, 2011 at 3:33pm

Thanks to chinesepod intermediate a wasteful husband, found another way to say what's up in Chinese:
你在干吗?
Ni2 zai4 gan4 ma2
and an answer, similar to English like not much or nothing you can say
没干吗
mei2 gan4 ma

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