7 ways to ask “what’s wrong?”
Sometimes when you meet a friend, you can immediately see that something is wrong with them. The directly translated phrase “你好吗“ is a bland greeting, and it doesn’t really show your concern for them. So what do you say when you suspect that your friend might not be doing well? Here are a few authentic and natural expressions that have a more caring, sincere tone.
(Nǐ zěnme le?)
What’s the matter?
(Nǐ hái hǎo ma?)
Are you alright?
(Nǐ méishì ba?)
Are you alright?
(Chū shénme shìr le?)
Is there something wrong?
(Yù dào máfan le ma?)
Are you in trouble?
(Dàodǐ zěnme huí shì?)
What’s going on?
(Yǒu shén me wèntí, shuō chūlái tīng tīng.)
Talk to me if there’s a problem.
Show your concern if someone seems unhappy
What do you say when you think your friend is in a bad mood, and you just want to ask them directly why they seem down? You can try using these phrases:
(Xīnqíng bù hǎo ma?)
Are you unhappy?
(Nǐ zěnme nàme yánsù?)
Why do you look so serious?
(Nǐ zěnme mǎn liǎn bù gāoxìng?)
Why do you look upset?
(Nǐ zěnme lāzhe gè liǎn?)
Why the long face?
(Nǐ jīntiān kànzhe hǎoxiàng bù tài gāoxìng a.)
You look a bit down today.
(Nǐ hǎoxiàng bù dà duìjìnr a.)
You don’t seem like yourself today.
Express that you’re worried about someone’s health
What if someone looks unwell? How do you ask them about their health appropriately? Here are a few phrases that you can use.
(Nǐ shēntǐ bú shūfú ma?)
Are you unwell?
(Nǐ hǎoxiēle ma?)
Are you feeling better?
(Nǐ jīntiān gǎnjué zěnme yàng?)
How are you today?
(Yào bùyào qù yīyuàn?)
Do you want to go to the hospital?
(Yào bùyào huíqù xiūxi yīxià?)
Do you want to go back and rest for a bit?
Take good care of yourself.
What do you say if you want to offer help? Here are a few good sentences you can use to express your empathy.
(Yǒu shén me xūyào, suíshí gēn wǒ shuō.)
Let me know anytime if there is anything you need.
(Yǒu shén me wǒ néng bāng dé shàng máng de?)
Is there anything I can do to help?
(Wǒ huì péizhe nǐ de.)
I’m here for you.