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It it acceptable to use 喂! when answering the phone in China?

I was watching an episode of 大耳朵图图 and the phone rang and 图图妈妈 answered the phone. I am almost certain she said 喂 but I need to know if I have the right chinese character and if it is correct greeting. Phonetically it sounds like the English word 'way' and the closest I was able to get using pinyin is 'wei' which took me forever to figure out after tinkering with several pinyin combinations.

For learning: Chinese (Mandarin)
Base language: English
Category: Language


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    It is right.It's the usual way in our country. "喂" just like "hello" is to tell the person who call you that you are pick up the phone and ready to communicate with him.

    I'm not a native speaker, but from what I understand 喂 is exclusively used to answer the phone.

    At the very least it's very common - a Chinese exchange student who was in Australia always answered his phone with 喂。

    It's a good cartoon.But what‘s your question?喂--an idiom ,when Chinese phone.


    ‘喂?‘’’is xclusive language answer . Not “喂!”

    yes, it's 喂 for answering the phone


    when chinese answer to the phone,we say 喂.it means "hello i am here listen to you "

    Yes, what you figured out is exactly right. Here, the character "喂" is onomatopoeic, just for greeting, like the word "hello" in English, and doesn't have the common meaning of this character.

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