I would like to know which one (nín or nǐ) is generally acceptable to Chinese? Do some people feel embarrassed if nín or nǐ is used?
We use 你 [nǐ] a lot more in Chinese. 您 [nín] is a form of 你 [nǐ] that implies a high degree of respect. We usually only hear 您 [nín] when employees are talking to VIP guests. Since 您 [nín] is a very formal pronoun, most people would feel awkward being called that unless in the right scenario.
I hope this answers your question!
Will it be wrong if I use 你 [nǐ] talking to VIP guest? Can give some scenario that I can correctly use 您 [nín]? Thanks
It would not be wrong but if it’s your job to talk to a VIP guest, I still suggest you use 您. Mostly, we use 您 when we are talking or writing an email to our guests or supervisors. For example,
[fúwù shēng: Nín yàodiǎn shénme?]
A waiter: What do you want to order?
[Yuángōng: Lǎobǎn, nín yǒushì zhǎo wǒ?]
A employee: Boss, are you looking for me?
[Jīnglǐ: Chén lǎobǎn, nín hǎo, nín qǐng zuò.]
A manager: Mr. Chen, hi. Have a sear.