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Goodbye in Chinese / Japanese...

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China zài jiàn
Japan shai chien
Goodbye Vertical Wall Scroll

再見 is the most common "goodbye" in Mandarin Chinese. It literally/directly translates, "again see" or more naturally, "See you again." It's a lot like the English, "See you later."

Theoretically, this can be used in Japanese but in Japanese, it's seen as the Chinese way to say goodbye. It's like English people saying ciao! or ¡adiós!

This is a strange title for a wall scroll. I guess it's best if you plan to put this by the door where people will see it when they leave your home or business.

Until We Meet Again

China zài huì
Japan saie
Until We Meet Again Vertical Wall Scroll

In Chinese, this means to meet again, until we meet again, or goodbye.

In Japanese, this may be understood as reunion or meeting again.

Amitabha Buddha

China ē mí tuó fó
Japan amida butsu
Amitabha Buddha Vertical Wall Scroll

This title can mean the Buddha of the Western paradise. But it's more a chant that means, "May the lord Buddha preserve us!" or "Merciful Buddha!."

阿彌陀佛 is also a translation to Chinese, Japanese, and Korean for, "Amitâbha Buddha."

Asian Buddhists will often greet and say goodbye to each other with this phrase/chant/title.

Namaste - Greeting

China hé shí
Japan gou juu
Namaste - Greeting Vertical Wall Scroll

The word namaste comes from Sanskrit and is a common greeting in the Hindi and Nepali languages exchanged by devout Hindu or Buddhist people in Southern Asia (especially India).

Here you can see the Chinese form (and Japanese but not well-known in Japan) of this word which is used describe a Buddhist (or Hindu) greeting with palms closed together in a prayerful manner, generally at chest level. However, this selection of characters describes the act, and is not a word spoken during the greeting. In fact, words or a greeting is seldom spoken when two Chinese or Japanese Buddhists meet. The greeting is silent, and respectful but composed completely of body language.

Note that the greeting namaste as well as the act of placing palms together are used both as a hello and goodbye (kind of like the word aloha in Hawaiian).

If you are looking for a welcoming hello and goodbye, you may want to consider gassho or a simple welcome.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Mandarin zài huì / zai4 hui4
Taiwan tsai hui
Japanese saie
Chinese to meet again; until we meet again; goodbye
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition



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Mandarin zài jiàn / zai4 jian4
Taiwan tsai chien
Japanese shaichen;shaichien / ツァイチェン;ツァイチエン    saiken / さいけん
Chinese goodbye; see you again later
Japanese (interjection) (kana only) good-bye (chi: zàijiàn); see you; (noun/participle) looking at again; watching again; discovering again; seeing again

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Mandarin zhé // yǐ / zhe2 // yi3
Taiwan che // i
Japanese kinoto / きのと    otsu(p);otsu / おつ(P);オツ
Chinese turning stroke (in Chinese characters); see also 折[zhe2]; second of the ten Heavenly Stems 十天干[shi2 tian1 gan1]; second in order; letter "B" or roman "II" in list "A, B, C", or "I, II, III" etc; second party (in legal contract, usually 乙方[yi3 fang1], as opposed to 甲方[jia3 fang1]); ethyl; bent; winding; radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 5); ancient Chinese compass point: 105°
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) second in rank; second sign of the Chinese calendar; (noun or adjectival noun) (1) (See 甲・こう・4) second (party to an agreement); the B party (e.g. in a contract); the latter; defendant; (2) stylish; chic; spicy; witty; tasty; romantic; (adjectival noun) (3) strange; quaint; queer; (expression) (4) (abbreviation) (slang) (See お疲れ様・1) thank you; good job; goodbye; goodnight; (surname, female given name) Kinoto; (female given name) Otome; (surname, female given name) Oto; (female given name) Otsu; (given name) Otto; (female given name) Itsu


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Japanese otsu / オツ Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (1) second (party to an agreement); the B party (e.g. in a contract); the latter; defendant; (2) stylish; chic; spicy; witty; tasty; romantic; (adjectival noun) (3) strange; quaint; queer; (expression) (4) (abbreviation) (slang) thank you; good job; goodbye; goodnight



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Mandarin shāng bié / shang1 bie2
Taiwan shang pieh
Chinese sorrowful farewell; sad goodbye



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Mandarin wěn bié / wen3 bie2
Taiwan wen pieh
Chinese to kiss goodbye



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Mandarin gào cí / gao4 ci2
Taiwan kao tz`u / kao tzu
Chinese to say goodbye; to take one's leave
Japanese See: 告辞


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Japanese shikkei / shikke / しっけい Japanese (n,vs,adj-na) (1) rudeness; impoliteness; disrespect; impertinence; (noun/participle) (2) leaving; going (on one's way); saying goodbye; (3) taking without permission; stealing; pinching; pilfering; (interjection) (4) (masculine speech) My apologies; I must be going now; So long


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Japanese shitsurei(p);shitsurai(ok);shichirai(ok) / shitsure(p);shitsurai(ok);shichirai(ok) / しつれい(P);しつらい(ok);しちらい(ok) Japanese (n,vs,adj-na) (1) (See 無礼) discourtesy; impoliteness; (expression) (2) (See 失礼します) Excuse me; Goodbye; (noun or participle which takes the aux. verb suru) (3) to leave; (4) (See 無礼) to be rude


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Mandarin shī péi / shi1 pei2
Taiwan shih p`ei / shih pei
Chinese goodbye (modest formula); Excuse me, I must leave.



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Mandarin yǐn bié / yin3 bie2
Taiwan yin pieh
Chinese to leave; to say goodbye



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Mandarin yáo shǒu / yao2 shou3
Taiwan yao shou
Japanese yō shu
Chinese to wave the hand (to say goodbye, or in a negative gesture); crank handle
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition


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Mandarin jīn sòng / jin1 song4
Taiwan chin sung
Japanese shinsō
To escort to the ferry, either the living to deliverance or more generally the dead; to bid goodbye (to a guest); to escort a ferry



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Mandarin cí xíng / ci2 xing2
Taiwan tz`u hsing / tzu hsing
Chinese to say goodbye; leave-taking; farewells



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Mandarin dào bié / dao4 bie2
Taiwan tao pieh
Chinese leave taking; to say goodbye


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Japanese doumo / domo / どうも Japanese (interjection) (1) (abbreviation) (See どうも有難う) thanks; (adverb) (2) much (thanks); very (sorry); quite (regret); (3) quite; really; mostly; (4) somehow; (5) (in positive sense, esp. どうも〜しまう) (See どうしても) in spite of oneself; no matter how hard one may try (one is unable to) (with negative verb); no matter how hard one may try not to (one ends up doing) (with positive verb, esp. -shimau); (interjection) (6) greetings; hello; goodbye


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Japanese owakarekai / おわかれかい Japanese farewell party; goodbye party; send-off party


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Japanese jamata / じゃまた Japanese (expression) (abbreviation) see you later (used in casual correspondence and conversation); goodbye; sincerely


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Japanese dehamata / ではまた Japanese (expression) (abbreviation) see you later (used in casual correspondence and conversation); goodbye; sincerely


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Japanese gubbai / グッバイ Japanese (expression) goodbye; goodby; good-by


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Japanese baibai / バイバイ Japanese (interjection) (1) bye-bye; good-bye; see you; so long; (noun/participle) (2) saying goodbye; parting


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Japanese izasaraba / いざさらば Japanese (expression) (1) (archaism) well then, (shall we); well then, (I'll); (2) goodbye


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Japanese guddobai / グッドバイ Japanese (expression) goodbye; goodby; good-by


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Japanese wakareotsugeru / わかれをつげる Japanese (exp,v1) to say goodbye; to bid farewell


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Japanese dehamata;jamata / ではまた;じゃまた Japanese (expression) (abbreviation) (used in casual correspondence and conversation) see you later; goodbye; sincerely


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Japanese guddobai;gubbai / グッドバイ;グッバイ Japanese (expression) goodbye; goodby; good-by

Search for Goodbye in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
shai chien / shaichienzài jiàn / zai4 jian4 / zai jian / zaijiantsai chien / tsaichien
Until We Meet Again再會
saiezài huì / zai4 hui4 / zai hui / zaihuitsai hui / tsaihui
Amitabha Buddha阿彌陀佛
amida butsu
ē mí tuó fó
e1 mi2 tuo2 fo2
e mi tuo fo
o mi t`o fo
o mi to fo
Namaste - Greeting合十gou juu / goujuu / go ju / gojuhé shí / he2 shi2 / he shi / heshiho shih / hoshih
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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