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Except 再见, how can we say farewells in Chinese?

As you may know, Chinese people say "再见" (zài jiàn) when they're about to leave. "再见" means "see you again" literally. You can say this even if you don't expect to see someone again. It's the simplest way to say goodbye in Chinese. But there are more ways to say goodbye to others, below is a list you won't miss.


1. míng tiān jiàn


See you tomorrow.

This is a spin on 再见. In contrast to 再见, don't use this unless if you actually expect to see someone tomorrow. Otherwise they'll be confused.


2. zài lián xì


Let's stay in touch.

联系 (lián xì) means "to contact a person". This is a variation where you emphasize staying in touch, aside from meeting each other.


3. yǒu kòng zài liáo


Talk to you next time.

This is a very casual way to say goodbye. 有空 (yǒu kòng) means "when a person is free". 聊 (liáo) means "to chat". You'll sound very local and authentic by using this phrase. 



4. wǒ děi zǒu le


I have to go now.

The character 得 (děi) means "must" or "have to". It sounds like you tell your friends –"listen guys, I'd really love to stay but I just have to go."


5. wǒ xiān gào cí le


I must leave first. 

This is a very polite and standard way to leave a social setting. It feels kind of like "pardon me". Literally, it means something like "I announce my departure first."

这是离开社交场合时,非常礼貌、标准的道别句式。有点像"pardon me",字面意思是"我先宣布自己要离场了。"

6. shī péi le


Sorry for leaving. (very polite)

This is the most formal. 失 (shī) means "to fail" to or "to lose". 陪 (péi) means "to accompany". You could use this with your friends, but it could feel like you're trying to use it humorously, because it is a very polite and formal way to say goodbye.


7. dāi huǐ er jiàn/ guò huǐ er jiàn/ huí tóu jiàn

待会儿见 /过会儿 见/回头见。 

See you later/ soon /after a while!

These three phrases are colloquial. 会儿 is short for 一会儿, which means "a little while".


8. liú bù


I'll show myself out.

In Chinese culture, it's always nice and polite to show someone out as they leave. The word used to describe this situation is 送 (sòng). So if you want to tell someone that there's no need to 送你, then you can just say 不用送 or 留步.


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