88 and 521, bye bye and I love youI was just online with a friend from China, Elf. Elf was surprised when I signed off with the text “88”. I picked up this habit from friends in China. Most mainland China IM users sign off their chat session with a “88” or a “886”. They use this as a short-cut as “88” when read in Mandarin sounds like “pa pa”, - a bit like bye bye (the Mandarin sound for p is closer to b). Some people also say “886” - “ba ba liu”. The number 6 (liu) here is only to make it sound nicer, it has no meaning. You can use either 88 or 886.
Another such shortcut used commonly is “521”, “wu er yi” - with some imagination you can rhyme it to “wo ai ni” - i love you.
Elf sent me a longer list:
596 wo zou le / i will go
456 shi wo la/ it is me
7998 qu zou zou ba /go for a walk
594230 wo jiu shi ai xiang ni /i just love to miss ya
360 xiang nian ni /miss ya
2010000 ai ni yi wan nian/ love ya for 10 thousands
1372 yi xiang qing yuan/it is ur business
259695 ai wo jiu liao jie wo /love me,so try to know me
5871 wo bu jie yi/ i never mind
82475 bei ai jiu shi xing fu /it is happy to be loved
08376 ni bie sheng qi le /dont be angry
1799 yi qi zou zou/ lets go for a walk
5366 wo xiang liao liao /i wanna have a chat
246 e si le /I am starving
918 jia you ba/ come on
04551 ni shi wo de wei yi/ u r my only
51396 wo yao shui jiao le/ i will go to sleep
537 wo sheng qi/ i am angry
Ok, now I will go out and try some more Burmese food. 596, 88, 521.