How to Say Goodbye in Chinese

August 29, 2019

As sad as it is to see friends leave, the day comes when we must bid a tearful "farewell" to those we knew... Or they might just be going to work, and you'll see them in a few hours, at which time you can continue binge-watching Netflix together.
Whatever the case, it is helpful to know how to say goodbye in Chinese:

1. 再见
Zàijiàn
 Goodbye

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Literally meaning "see you again", 再见 is appropriate for all occasions. However, among the younger generation this is considered a bit formal.
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If you want to be specific about when you will see the person again, you can replace "再" with a time.
For example:
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明天见。
Míngtiān jiàn
See you tomorrow.
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下周见。
Xià zhōu jiàn
See you next week.

 

2. 慢走
Màn zǒu
 Take care

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This phrase is used by the host/hostess at the guest's departure. (You may have heard this in restaurants or stores.) 慢走 literally means "walk slowly".

3. 保重
Bǎozhòng
 Take care of yourself

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This expresses concern for someone's health and wellbeing. 保重 was originally part of a longer phrase in a Taoist text, though in modern Chinese it was shortened to just two characters.

4. 拜拜
Bàibài
Bye-bye!

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拜拜 comes from English and is very popular among the younger generation (but you will probably hear people of all ages using it).
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As you might guess, 拜拜 is a very informal way to say goodbye.

 

5. 下次再会
Xiàcì zàihuì
See you next time!

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Let's break this down.下次 means "next time" and 再 means "again". 会 is short for 会面, which means "to meet".
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We have heard this broadcast on high-speed trains as we get off. Keep your ears peeled next time you take a train and see if you can pick it out!

 

6. 回头见
Huítóu jiàn
 See you soon

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回头 literally means "to turn one's head", though colloquially it means "later".
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This is also a casual way to say goodbye. Although you might not know exactly when, you will see each other around.

 

If you can't remember all of these, don't worry too much. A simple 拜拜 will probably suffice in most circumstances.

Do you know how to say goodbye in Chinese another way?

Also check out ways to say "Thank You", "You're Welcome", and
"Hello" in Chinese!

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