Goodbye in Chinese is more than just 再见 (zàijiàn)!
You’ve probably heard that 再见 – literal translation ‘see again’ – is the best way to say goodbye in Chinese.. It’s a great phrase you can always safely fall back on, especially in formal settings. But in day-to-day life? You can do better. Much better.
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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)?
This phrase is most accurately used when someone else is leaving the place or event that you’re at.
You have a guest at your place and he is about to leave. You can tell him:
Naturally, you might not want to say this to your taxi driver who is still going to be sitting in his car after you’ve left!
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)?
Often, this phrase will be used when you leave the place/ event before others.
Firstly, imagine 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”
Additionally, you can say this as soon as you finish your classes/work, you can say:
“Wǒ xiān zǒule! Míngtiān jiàn!”
“I am leaving now! See you tomorrow!”
Goodbye in Chinese conclusion
It’s pretty simple right? We think so too!
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