2 New Ways to Say “Goodbye” in Chinese

by | Apr 23, 2021 | Chinese Vocabulary

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1. 慢走 | mànzǒu

What does 慢走 (mànzǒu) mean?

Literally, it translates as “Walk slowly”. The actual meaning of this phrase is
慢慢走,注意安全 (Mànman zǒu, zhùyì ānquán, “Walk slowly, stay safe”).

When can I use 慢走 (mànzǒu)?

When someone is leaving.

Example

You have a guest at your place and he is about to leave. You can tell him:
“慢走!”
“Mànzǒu”
“Walk slowly!”

2. 我先走了 | wǒ xiān zǒule

What does 我先走了 (wǒ xiān zǒule) mean?

Literally, it translates as “I-First-Leave”. The meaning of 先 xiān is “do sth. earlier”. So this phrase actually means “I’m leaving now”.

When can I use 我先走了 (wǒ xiān zǒule)?

When you leave the place before others.

Example 1

Your friends are still having a meal, but you have to go home. You can say:

“你们慢慢吃,我先走了”
“Nǐmen mànman chī, wǒ xiān zǒule”
“Take your time. I am leaving now”

Example 2

As soon as you finish your classes/work, you can say:

“我先走了!明天见!”
“Wǒ xiān zǒule! Míngtiān jiàn!”
“I am leaving now! See you tomorrow!”

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