People use to say:
- In English : Hello, how are you?
To everyone, even they meet for the first time. They don’t really care how you are. You are only required to answer I’m fine, even you feel bad. And that’s it, without emotions, simply.
- In Polish: Hello.
We never use “How are you?” for the people which we meet for the first time and which we don’t know very well. Well, if in that situation Polish would ask Polish “Hello, how are you?” we would think: “It’s not your business man, why are you so inquisitive! :)”.
- In Chinese: Hello, did you have lunch?
When someone asked me it for the first time I was thinking. “WTF, what are you asking me about?”
Yes, now I know. That’s normal greetings of Chinese.
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