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Q: Why is 'hello' followed by a lot of laughing in China?

Scenario: Foreigner walks down the street. Chinese person sees him, says hello, then bursts in to a fit of laughter.

10 years 21 hours ago in  Culture - Lanzhou

 
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It is because it is unusual for nthe ones who react this way to see a foreigner and also a bit of shyness in speaking maybe one of the few English words they can say with confidence. Those who deal with foreigners regularly are not the ones who do the Hello giggle thing.

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10 years 21 hours ago
 
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There's two types... there's the nervous laugh like woody said. Then there is the also the laugh because they can make the laowai puppet dance. Watch closely if you see a group of guys doing this. He'll actually get all of his buddies to pay attention first before he shows off how he can control the foreigner to turn around and look his way. If you turn around with a huge smile and wave, you can make some of them cry from laughing so hard.

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10 years 20 hours ago
 
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I amazes me how much some of you can justify... I can't speak for your home countries but where I come from anyone who screams out "hello" in ANY language then giggle like a retarded school girl is usually deemed the "village idiot"...

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it passes for entertainment here, they cant make decent films or tv shows every thing interesting on the net is banned, so sad

this is the truth

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10 years 19 hours ago
 
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Never reply, never pay attention. If they start following you, screaming "hello", don't look at them, just say "bie darao wo" or "cao ni ma de" in the most deadpan, emotionless voice possible.

Chinese guys are easily intimidated and something that simple will make them piss themselves. Never, ever let those people intimidate you or push you around.

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10 years 18 hours ago
 
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wooob .dirty words always be learnt first, thatz why i never make a second look on a foreigner when i see them in the street,just like what i do to the chinese guys, unless the guy is outrageously cute n cool n sexy...., or the woman is damn hot, i cant control myself to creep a little sneak peak.......

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10 years 18 hours ago

Lose once you get serious!!

 
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I laugh back at them. Why? Because I think they probably earn about 2000rmb a month and they live in China. Waaaahhhhaaaaaahhhaaa Laughing out loud
In all honesty I just feel sorry for them.

Next time the say hello, say "Ou est la salle de bain?" Nothing confuses them more than when you speak French.

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10 years 10 hours ago
 
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Oh don't be so hard on them! I just yell back "Nihao" crack a big smile, leave them laughing their arses off......make their day!! Sheesh.
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10 years 6 hours ago
 
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It's just a way to show hospitality or out of curious...
But I agree it's annoyed.

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10 years 5 hours ago
 
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The ones looking at me I say hello to, but what gets me is when you have walked past and they say it behind your back, "Hello, Goodbye, Please to meet you" etc. Actually I do feel sorry for them because maybe they would like to learn english but can't afford it!

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10 years 3 hours ago
 
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"Hello" is the funniest joke in China.

Actually, I think it's rooted in the idea that most people here can't even fathom that other languages actually exist, so when they get the chance to try it out, it's highly amusing.

I agree that some people will also do it to "impress their friends" like "watch, I bet I can get the laowai to look".

I usually respond to the hello with "WHHHHHAAAAAZZZZZZZUUUUUUUUUUUPPPPPPP??!?!!?!!" said loudly like in that old TV commercial. It usually scares people away.

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