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Hi, everybody!
Do you know how to say “Bye” in Chinese? In this lesson, you'll learn three parting expressions in Chinese.
Let’s start with the easiest one.
再见。(Zài jiàn)
[slowly] 再见。(Zài jiàn)
This means "See you later" in Chinese.
The phrase Zài jiàn means literally "again meet." First, we have 再 (zài) "again" and 见 (jiàn) ("meet"). Both are in the 4th tone, the falling tone. You can find the word jiàn, which means "meet," in multiple parting greetings.
If you know when you are going to meet the person again, for example, "tomorrow," you can simply add it at the beginning and use this phrase.
明天见。(Míngtiān jiàn.)
[slowly] 明天见。(Míngtiān jiàn.)
This means "See you tomorrow" in Chinese.
You can simply add the word related to the time at the beginning to mean when you are going to see the person again. For example, this one has 明 (míng) which is from the word 明天 (míngtiān) "tomorrow".
If you want to say "bye" at night, here's a phrase for you.
晚安。(Wǎn'ān.)
[slowly] 晚安。(Wǎn'ān.)
This means "Good night" in Chinese.
In Chinese, 晚安 (wǎn'ān) meaning "Good night" is used as a final parting phrase at night, before going to bed. This is a common phrase used before turning in for the night.
Let's wrap up this lesson by recapping what you've learned. Listen to the words and repeat after me.
"See you."
再见。(Zài jiàn)
* beep
再见。(Zài jiàn)
"See you tomorrow."
明天见。(Míngtiān jiàn.)
* beep
明天见。(Míngtiān jiàn.)
"Good night."
晚安。(Wǎn'ān.)
* beep
晚安。(Wǎn'ān.)
Well done! [pause] Here's a fun fact!
When saying "goodbye," it's natural for the host of a dinner or get-together to make time to see you off. In fact, it would not be surprising for the host to watch you drive off into the night. Chinese etiquette dictates that it is the host's responsibility to accompany each guest to the door at the end of the festivities.
You just learned how to say “Bye” in three different ways in Chinese.
And don't forget, you can learn Chinese twice as fast with your Free PDF lessons. Just click on the link in the description to download them!
See you soon! 再见。(Zài jiàn)

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When I hear the word jian4, sometimes I hear the "J" as a "gee" and other times, like here, I hear it as a "t." Is this a dialect difference or is it specific for a phrase? I'm confused.