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I wrote my table-tennis coach tonight:

教練Lu, 我如何表現出對你的母親和父親的最大尊重?

Can anyone answer, in general terms? We've seen each other perhaps ten times, and it's never gotten further than, "Good morning, how are you?" - or, when I want to make them laugh, "Nihau!" (His parents are in their 70s or 80s, and I feel like an idiot).

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On 2/20/2017 at 9:39 PM, DonRocks said:

I wrote my table-tennis coach tonight:

教練Lu, 我如何表現出對你的母親和父親的最大尊重?

Can anyone answer, in general terms? We've seen each other perhaps ten times, and it's never gotten further than, "Good morning, how are you?" - or, when I want to make them laugh, "Nihau!" (His parents are in their 70s or 80s, and I feel like an idiot).

Not one answer in two days?

My coach wrote me back, and said:

Hi Don!
You can just greet them and say hello.
Coach Lu
 
But that's not good enough for me - I want to say something formal in either Mandarin or Shanghainese (they're from Shanghai) - not to make them laugh, but to show proper respect. Can nobody help? I'll be seeing him in five hours - what about 侬好? Or is this simply the equivalent of Nihau?

My goal here is not to impress, but to show respect for two older people. I just feel like "Good morning!" doesn't quite cut it. Something like "It's nice to see you" (maybe in pinyan at this late stage so I could work on the pronunciation)?

 
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