The Chinese word 顺便 is used to indicate doing something in passing or while doing something else. It can be translated as “by the way” or “while you’re at it” in English. For example, if someone is going to the grocery store and their friend asks them to pick up some bread, they might say “顺便买面包” which means “pick up bread while you’re at it”. It is a useful phrase in daily conversation and can help to save time and be more efficient with tasks.
Adverb: on the way, in passing by
|wǒ qù chāoshì mǎi dōngxi, shùnbiàn bāng nǐ mǎi diǎnr shuǐguǒ
|I’m going to the supermarket to buy things, I’ll also help you buy some fruits
|nǐ kěyǐ shùnbiàn bǎ zhège bāoguǒ jì gěi wǒ ma?
|Can you also send this package for me while you’re at it?
|wǒmen shùnbiàn qù gōngyuán sànbù ba
|Let’s also take a walk in the park while we’re at it
|tā shùnbiàn tí le yīxià tā de xīn xiàngmù
|He also mentioned his new project while he was at it
|wǒmen shùnbiàn qù kàn kàn nà ge xīn kāi de cāntīng
|Let’s also go take a look at that new restaurant while we’re at it
|wǒmen shùnbiàn qù yínháng qǔ yīxià qián
|Let’s also go to the bank to withdraw some money while we’re at it