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I am a Chinese guy, let me help u .
Literally 加油 means refuel or fill the gas , but it also used to encourage sb to do sth.
refuel is the origin meaning of 加油, if your car is about to run out of gas , you can say 我的车子快没油了，我必须去加油了。
If you want to encourage sb to do sth , you also can use the phrase 加油，give u an example:
加油 doesn't has the meaning of hurry up or faster , I should mention this.Because the orign meaning of 加油 is refuel or fill the gas, not step on the gas pedal . In Chinese , if we want to ask u to drive faster ,we would say 加速、提速。If you shout at a driver, you say 加油，we chinese will never think that you want us step on the gas , we may guess you are mentioning us that we should go to the gas station .It's very important to understand what I told u .
In your case , the students were strolling slowly towards the seats,What you want to express is not encourage them to be quicker,but wish them to be quicker. So , you said 加油 is completely wrong, even more, it's very funny in this situation.
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Thanks for your examples, I am studying them.
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