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How to say " Good bye" in English

Hello italki friends

We know there are different ways to say" Good bye" in English. 

Good bye



Bye for now

Take care

See you later/ see you soon

Good night

Talk to you later

It was really nice/great/good to talk to you.

And others:) 

Before if someone would say" Take care" , I would have thought probably that person was taking care of me. Now I know it is just one of a simply way to say " Good bye" in English. So which one is your favorite expression to say" Good bye"?

Mar 27, 2017 7:34 PM
Comments · 26

Can I put in a vote for Tarah! ? This is widely used in the north of England as a friendly alternative to the more formal 'Goodbye'.

When I was growing up in the north, the informal version of 'Hello' was 'Iya' - that's Hi ya with the 'h' missing  - (never just 'Hi'), and the informal version of 'Goodbye' was 'Tarah'.

I remember, when I was a teenager, I met a girl from London on a coach heading south, and I noticed that she said 'See you' to me when she got off the coach. That's strange, thought I - I'm fairly sure that she'll never see me again. That was the first time I'd ever heard anyone say 'See you'.

March 27, 2017

"Later" only one word. Easy and quick, good for friends 

"Peace out" or "peace" kind of silly but I say it, mostly men say this i think 

"See ya" basically same as see you later 

March 27, 2017

 I just want to add 

" later! " and " so long ". 

March 27, 2017

Sudeep, you are right that 'ta-ra' and 'ta-ta' are related. I think that 'ta-ra' is probably just a regional variation on 'ta-ta', but we don't necessarily wave when we say it. 'Ta-ta' is more widespread, and has been around since Victorian times, so it is not surprising that the British imported it to India. 'Ta-ta' is  mainly used when speaking to small children, which is why there is a hand-waving gesture connected with it. It's a way of teaching babies to associate leave-taking with a hand wave and the simple repeated syllables.

Leyla, (or anyone else who's interested). If you wants to hear an old rock and roll song called See You Later Alligator, just search for it on youtube. The most famous version was recorded by Bill Haley and His Comets in 1956.

March 29, 2017

informally and idiomatically, we say  "GOTTA RUN"  

in very formal meetings,  we say "LET'S CALL IT A DAY"

in carefully caring for someone, we  say "TAKE IT EASY" or "STAY WELL"

March 28, 2017
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