Life is busy. Sometimes you just have an hour or two spare to see your friends. So how do you propose a quick catch-up in Chinese?
Instead of using 见面 (jiànmiàn) or 见 (jiàn) (to meet, to see), try 聚 (jù) (to get together).
Take time to meet up with your buddies! 聚一下吧!
Here's a commonly used phrase among friends in China:
zhè ge zhōumò, zánmen jù yīxià ba!
This weekend, let's meet up for a bit!
Using 聚 (jù), especially together with 一下 (yīxià) to lighten it, emphasizes that this is a brief catch-up; a chat over coffee or lunch, for example.
聚 can also be partnered with other characters to describe a range of gatherings:
重聚 (chóngjù) – to reunite/ to have a reunion (friendly) (v)
聚谈 (jùtán) – to meet up and talk (formal talks) (v)
聚集 (jùjí) – to assemble (a lot of people) (v)
聚会 (jùhuì) – a gathering/ meet-up/ party (friendly) (n)