Richard-Business Eng
Professional Teacher
One Thousand and One Ways that Native English Speakers Say Good-bye

Formal / Professional                                                 Less Formal / Conversational

Good-bye                                                                       Bye <o:p></o:p>

Good-bye for now                                                         Bye for now<o:p></o:p>

Good-bye till/until next time                                       Till next time/Until next time<o:p></o:p>

Good-bye till/until the next time                                Till the next time/Until the next time<o:p></o:p>

Good-bye till/until we meet again                             Till we meet again/Until we meet again

Good-bye, I'll see you soon                                         See you soon<o:p></o:p>

Good-bye for now                                                         Bye for now


I’ll see you tomorrow                                                   See you


Good-bye till next we meet (VERY OLD &FORMAL).............. 

..................    Til next we meet/Until next we meet (VERY OLD & LESS FORMAL)

Other informal/conversational ways to say bye bye

See you around<o:p></o:p>

See you/ya later, alligator

See you when I see you/See ya when I see ya


So long



<o:p> </o:p>

Sayonara             (Japanese)<o:p></o:p>

Toodle-oo           (British)<o:p></o:p>

Ta-ta                    (British)<o:p></o:p>

Adios                   (Spanish)<o:p></o:p>

Adieu                   (French)<o:p></o:p>

Aurevoir              (French)<o:p></o:p>

Chow                   (Italian)


May 3, 2018 11:13 PM
Comments · 22
The Italian "Ciao" comes from the Venetian "s'ciavo", and originally it meant "(I am your) slave". It derives from the Medieval Latin word "sclavus", which in turn originates from "Slavic", since at that time slaves were from the Balkans. We use it for both "hello" and "bye" (in this case, like its English counterpart, it also can be repeated: "ciao ciao!").
May 4, 2018

Bill... Do you mean to say that some Finns will say something that sounds like 'hi hi' when they are saying goodbye?

Wei... Now I have to ask you "What does 'I'm Audi 5000' mean'"?  I have never heard that used as a way of saying bye bye.

Wanda... "take care", how could I have missed that one. It is so common here in Canada and as you said, very common in the US. Another good addition to the list, thank you.

May 4, 2018

SHL... sorry the word "chow" bothered you. I'll add 'howdy' to the list

Dya... that was an interesting observation

Diana... thank you for those interesting comparisons

NealC... Paul's song title also crossed my mind while I was composing the list

Wanda... I am best aware of the way native speakers speak and less sure of what expressions others use.

May 4, 2018
I've heard there must be 50 ways to leave your lover...
May 4, 2018
In Syria we say bye ,Bakhtrak,ma salamè(it said by the one who is setting to the one who's leaving

Khleena nshofak =let us see you

Nshofak ala khair =see you

May 3, 2018
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