Here’s a fun saying that you can learn to help you tell people to “leave you alone”, well, more like “get lost!”. You wouldn’t want to say it a friend, unless you were using it jokingly, but once you’ve learnt it you’ll no doubt start hearing people use it all the time.
While you can just use the word 滾 on it’s own to tell people to go away. You can also use in a short sentence, like:
nǐ gěi wǒ gŭn!
Literally “roll away (for me)” / Get the hell out of here! / Get out of my sight / Piss off etc.
This introduces another interested usage in Chinese: 「給我」. Normally this would mean “give x to me”, though in the example it above it means “do x for me”, and in a demanding way. For instance:
gěi wǒ chī wán
Finish your food / eat it all
gōng kè gěi wǒ xiě wán
Finish (writing) your homework
Now go forth and tell people to “roll” for you!
If you know of any other fun sayings or interesting uses of words in Chinese then comment below and we’ll feature them in an upcoming post!
Here’s another example of 滾 in use in my favourite Taiwan-localised cartoon:
wǒ xīwàng nǐ gŭn de yuè yuǎn yuè hǎo
I wish you’d roll (get out of here) the further the better
And another example, care of Tortue, that uses 「給我」 as mentioned above: