好久不见 Hǎojiǔ bú jiàn！ Long time no see!
是啊，好久不见 Shì’a, hǎojiǔ bú jiàn！ Yes, long time no see!
In this phrase, 早 means ‘early, morning’ and 安 means ‘quiet, calm, safe, peaceful’. When you wish someone a ‘peaceful morning’, it’s like saying ‘good morning’ to them. If the phrase 早安 is completely new to you, you can learn more about it at: http://on.fb.me/1xOe6bA.
By the way, there are variations of 早安 in different regions of China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. You may hear Chinese people saying ‘早’ (zao3), ‘早啊’ (zao3 a) or ‘早上好’ (zao3 shang4 hao3) which all JUST mean ‘good morning’. That’s good to know, isn’t it? 🙂
Choosing to use ‘good morning’ (早安), ‘good afternoon’ (午安), and ‘good evening’ (晚上好) depends on the time of day. Today, I will explain how the character 安 is used to greet people. If you haven’t come across this character before, you can check it out here ( http://on.fb.me/1DshR7U).
安 has several definitions, and when we use it in our greeting phrases, it means ‘peaceful/good’. Here’s what the greeting phrases look like:
早安 (zao3 an1) = 早 (morning) + 安 (peaceful) = peaceful morning = Good morning
午安 (wu3 an1) = 午 (noon) + 安 (peaceful) = peaceful noon = Good afternoon
晚安 (wan3 an1) = 晚 (night) + 安 (peaceful) = peaceful night = Good night
Hang on! What happened to the ‘good evening’ in Chinese? We use 晚上好 (wan3 shang4 hao3) when we wish someone ‘good evening’. 晚上 means ‘evening’ and 好 means ‘good’. We are much more likely to say 晚安 when we go to bed.