Zaijian

Meaning of the Chinese "Zai Jian!"

In Chinese, "Zai Jian!" is written 再见!* It means "See you again!" But listen to the real pronunciation below, not to the songs!

In the page below, we are going to see:

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MEANING AND PRONUNCIATION OF "ZAI JIAN!"

Meaning of "Zai Jian!" (再见!)

It's a polite formula used at parting indicating a wish to meet again in the future. The reply should also be 再见! (Zai Jian!)


Pronunciation of "Zai Jian!" (再见!)

Chinese is a tonal language. It means that the pronunciation you learn from a song is often very, very misleading.

For the free tutorial on Chinese tones and tones combinations, please click here.

The correct pinyin of "Zai jian!" must include stress marks, so it is "Zài jiàn!" (fourth-fourth tone).

Listen below how "Zài jiàn!" is correctly pronounced.


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A LITTLE GRAMMAR BEHIND "ZAI JIAN!"

Let's have fun with the help of a language generator that includes commonly used variations. Any word in the left column can be followed by (jiàn, the Chinese verb "to see"), to form a complete statement, for a total of ten sentences all ending in (jiàn).

Click on any word to read its pinyin and meaning in a blurb.

When (click on characters for their meaning)

明天

明年

周一

下周

二月

下个月

下一次

一会

不再

Verb "to see"

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Translated in English they would be: see you again, see you tomorrow, see you next year, see you on Monday, see you next week, see you on February, see you next month, see you next time, see you soon, see you no more (this is sad if actually said).

A joke

昨天

Meaning: See you yesterday!😂

In defense of the little baby who said that, I want to say:

  1. It is grammatically correct!
  2. It might be useful in some movies such as "Back to the Future"!

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EVERYTHING ABOUT EACH CHARACTER

Chinese Character

appearance score: # 242
usage frequency: 0.0928182%
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-Again, another time, once more; still, further; come back, continue, return, reappear
-(Used to indicate what would happen because of the continuation of time or action)
-(Used to indicate that one action takes place after the completion of another)
-(Used to indicate additional information)

There's no difference between the simplified and the traditional version of this character.Help

Chinese Character

appearance score: # 153
usage frequency: 0.1390565%
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-See, catch sight of; meet with, be exposed to; show evidence of, appear to be; refer to, see, view; meet, call on, see
-View, opinion, idea
-(Used before a verb to form a passive construction)
-(A surname)

This character has a different traditional version.

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(same as simplified one's)

* 再见! is simplified Chinese, while the equivalent traditional Chinese is 再見! For the difference between simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese, please click here.

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