How to say hello and Goodbye, together with “Thank you“, are the basics in any language learning. Like saying “hello”, there are many ways to say Goodbye in Chinese. Let’s have a look at the 8 different ways of saying Goodbye in Mandarin Chinese.
8 different ways of saying Goodbye in Mandarin Chinese
再见 zài jiàn – Goodbye
This is the most common expression to say Goodbye in Chinese. “再”(zài) means “again” and “见”(jiàn) means “to see”. “再见 “(zài jiàn) literally means “See you again”. “再见”( zài jiàn) can be used in all kinds of situations, even when you’re not planning to see ther person ever again.
Zhāng lǎoshī, zàijiàn!
Goodbye, Mr Zhang.
拜拜 bái bái – Bye-bye
The casual form for “Goodbye” in English is “Bye Bye”. It is borrowed in Chinese as a informal way to say “Goodbye” . 拜拜 bái bái is the Chinese words based on the pronunciation of Bye Bye. This phrase is widely used in China, especially among young people.
Wǒ dé qù shàngkèle, bàibài!
I got to go to the class. Bye By
一会儿见 yī huǐ er jiàn | 待会儿见 ｜呆会儿见 – see you in a while
Both 一会 and 待会｜呆会 mean ” in a while”. “儿” is added at the end as a non-syllabic diminutive suffix which does not mean anything. You can use one of them when you want to say ” See you soon” or “See you in a while”.
Wǒ zǒule, yīhuǐ’er jiàn.
I’m going. See you in a while.
Wǒ qù xuéxiàole, dāi huì er jiàn.
I’m going to school. See you soon.
回头见 huí tóu jiàn – see you very soon
“回头” means “turn one’s head around”. “回头见” , “see you when I turn my head around”, implies that “See you very soon” or “see you later”.
Wǒ zǒule, huítóu jiàn
I’m going. See you later.
___(时间)见 (Shíjiān) jiàn
We can specify the time to see each other by using this phrase template. Just replace the 时间 (time) with a detailed time.
See you in the afternoon.
See you in the evening.
Xiàwǔ yīdiǎn jiàn.
See you at 1:00 in the afternoon.
Wǎnshàng qī diǎn bàn jiàn.
See you at 7:30 in the evening.
See you tomorrow.
Míngtiān zǎoshang jiàn.
See you tomorrow morning.
Xià zhōu’èr jiàn.
See you next Tuesday.
See you on Sunday.
我先走了 wǒ xiān zǒule|我先告辞了wǒ xiān gào cí (Pardon me), I’ll take my leave
In a situation that you got to leave earlier, you can use these 2 sentences “我先走了” or “我先告辞了”.
先 means “first”
走 means “to go”
告辞 means “to take a leave”
“我先走了” (Wǒ xiān zǒule) is less formal than “我先告辞了”(wǒ xiān gào cí). “我先走了” is used among friends or peopel of similar ranks or ages. On the other hand, “我先告辞了” is a formal expression normally used when talking to a person of higher rank or older age. That being said, it can be translated as “Pardon me, I will take my leave. ”
Wǒ hái yǒuxiē shì. Wǒ xiān zǒule.
I have some things to deal with. I am leaving.
Xièxiè nín de kuǎndài, wǒ xiān gàocíle.
Thank you for your hospitality. Pardon me, I’ll take my leave.
后会有期 hòu huì yǒu qī -farewell
You won’t hear this expression in daily life. It is more used in a situation when you are not sure if you will see each other soon. Let’s have a look at the meaning of each character:
后- in the future
会- to meet
有 – to have, there is
期 – time
Literally “后会有期” (hòu huì yǒu qī) means “We’ll have time to meet in the future”; or “We’ll meet again some day.”
It is an expression we can use at events such as farewell parties, graduation, alumni reunion and so on that people get together and they are not sure if they will see each other again soon.
Qīngshān bù gǎi, lǜ shuǐ cháng liú, hòuhuìyǒuqī
The green mountains won’t change, the turquoise water flows endlessly. We shall meet again as time stands.
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Resources Mentioned Above
- How to Say Hello in Chinese Like a Native
- How to Say Thank You in Chinese Like a Native
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- Thanksgiving Chinese Learning Pack for Kids
- Top 100 Commonly Used Chinese Character Flash Cards and Audio Pack
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