Chinese Verbs – Appear and Disappear | 出现 Chuxian and 消失 Xiaoshi in Mandarin
Appear in Chinese is 出现 Chūxiàn whereas Disappear in Chinese is 消失 Xiāoshī. If you arrive at this post looking for the other Chinese verb meaning of “Appear to be” or “Seem” in Chinese, check out the other post.
① Appear in Chinese – 出现 Chuxian
We just mentioned you, and you appear.
Gāng gāng wǒ men cái tí dào nǐ, nǐ jiù chū xiàn le.
You appeared suddenly from the back. I was startled.
Nǐ zài hòu miàn tú rán chū xiàn, xià le wǒ yī tiào.
After waiting for so long, when will it appear?
Děng le nàme jiǔ, tā shén me shí hòu huì chū xiàn?
Recently, wrinkles appeared on my face. What to do?
Zuì jìn, wǒ liǎn shàng chū xiàn le zhòu wén. Zěn me bàn?
He did not come to class for many days. Today, he finally appeared.
Tā yǐ jīng hǎo duō tiān méi lái shàng kè le. Jīn tiān, zhōng yú chū xiàn le.
After the rain, the sun appears again.
Xià wán yǔ hòu, tài yáng yòu chū xiàn le.
At the front appeared a ray of light, let’s go and take a look.
Qián miàn chū xiàn yī dào guāng. Wǒ men guò qù kàn kàn.
② Disappear in Chinese – 消失 Xiaoshi
Disappear in Chinese is literally 消失 Xiāoshī. Other than using the word 消失 Xiāoshī to describe a physical disappearance, when we use it on a person, we implied that we have not seen or hear from a person for a long time.
We also use 消失 Xiāoshī to order someone to leave immediately when we are angry emotionally. However, the situation of using 消失 Xiāoshī is usually the fiery woman asking her man to get out of her sight.
The stars disappeared suddenly. Maybe it will rain tonight.
Xīng xīng tú rán xiāo shī le. Yǒu kě néng, jīn wǎn huì xià yǔ.
Recently, (we) have not seen David, he seemed to disappear.
Zuì jìn méi kàn dào dà wèi. Tā hǎo xiàng xiāo shī le.
My friend has disappeared for a while. It has been a long time since I heard from her.
Wǒ de péng yǒu xiāo shī le yī duàn rì zi. Hěn jiǔ méi tīng dào tā de xiāo xī le.
I do not want to see you now. I want you to disappear instantly! (Please leave now!)
Wǒ xiàn zài bù xiǎng jiàn dào nǐ. Nǐ gěi wǒ mǎ shàng xiāo shī!
③ Disappear in Chinese – 不见了 Bu Jian Le
不见了 Bùjiànle is another way to say Disappear in Chinese. Or rather, it denotes that someone or something has gone missing. 见 Jiàn means “to see“. 不见 Bùjiàn has the opposite meaning of “do not see” someone or something has “vanished“.
My thing is missing. Do you know where it is?
Wǒ de dōng xī bù jiàn le. Nǐ zhī dào zài nǎ lǐ ma?
The watch that was placed on the table has disappeared/gone missing. Who has taken it away?
Zhuō zi shàng fàng de shǒu biǎo bù jiàn le. Shéi bǎ tā ná zǒu le?
Heard that the neighbour’s child has disappeared/gone missing. Is that true?
Tīng shuō gé bì lín jū de xiǎo hái bù jiàn le. Shì zhēn de ma?
How does the magician make the thing disappear from the hand?
Mó shù shī zěn me bǎ zài shǒu lǐ de dōng xī biàn bù jiàn de？