Watch Ms. Ma talk about different ways on how to say “Goodbye” in Chinese.
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.
You have a guest at your place and he is about to leave. You can tell him:
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.
Your friends are still having a meal, but you have to go home. You can say:
“Nǐmen mànman chī, wǒ xiān zǒule”
“Take your time. I am leaving now”
As soon as you finish your classes/work, you can say:
“Wǒ xiān zǒule! Míngtiān jiàn!”
“I am leaving now! See you tomorrow!”