13 Ways to Say Goodbye in French & Audio Pronunciation
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1 – Au Revoir – The Most Common Way of Saying Goodbye in French
“Au revoir” means “until we see each other again,” and there are several ways to say goodbye in French; however, it is more polite to say “Monsieur, Madame, or Mademoiselle” with “au revoir.”
2 – Bonne journée / bonne soirée /bonne nuit
“Bonne nuit” is what you say just before someone goes to bed, and it sounds a lot like “Sleep well” in English. “Au revoir” and “Bonne soiru00e9e, bonne journu00e9e” are commonly used to say goodbye.
3 – Salut
“Salut” is a very informal way of saying goodbye in French, and it is also a way of saying hello in English.
4 – À plus / À plus tard / A +
In French, saying “u00c0 plus tard” is a common way to say goodbye; the s in “plus” is silent, so it’s pronounced [plu]. In a text message, it’s more common to say “u00e0 plus (tard)”.
5 – À tout à l’heure / À toute
Say “u00c0 tout u00e0 l’heure” in French, which means “see you in a bit.” There is no e at “toute,” as it is an indefinite pronoun, but you will hear the “t” due to the “tout”‘s association with the “u00e0.”
6 – À tout de suite
“u00c0 Tout de Suite” means “See you in a minute” u2013 and should only be used when you’ll see the other person again right away. Note the modern glided pronunciation of the French word for “see you again” [a toot sweet].
7 – À bientôt
“u00c0 bientu00f4t” is another way of saying “See you soon” in French; this way of saying “See you soon” in French often expresses a wish rather than a firm commitment.
8 – À la prochaine
“u00c0 la prochaine” is similar to “u00c0 bientu00f4t,” but it is more fashionable, and we use it frequently nowadays.
9 – À demain, À lundi, À dans trois semaines…
u00c0 demain means’see you tomorrow,’ and u00c0 ce soir means’see you tonight,’ or u00e0 mardi in French.
10 – Adieu
“Adieu” is no longer used to say goodbye in French; instead, it is used sarcastically when people don’t expect to see someone for a long time; it literally means “See you (when we’ll be with) God,” implying that you don’t expect to see that person again anytime soon.
11 – À la revoyure
Unless you’re joking, “u00e0 la revoyure” is no longer used; it’s an old slang expression that means “kind of vulgar” or “making fun of vulgar people.”
12 – Au plaisir
Saying “au plaisir” is a common way to say goodbye in French, but it is frowned upon by upper social classes, and I wouldn’t say it if I were a French student.u2013 0I don’t mean to come across as a snob.
13 – Tch’ô !
“Tch’u00f4,” which comes from the Italian “tchao,” is popular among the younger French crowd; avoid it unless you’re under 20. Adults used to say “tcha-tchao,” which I thought was a little snobby.
14 – Goodbye in French – Gestures
Say “Goodbye” in French, and you’ll know how to say it in English; however, what about the gestures that go with it? You can learn them with my French audiobook learning method, which is the most effective way to learn a language.
Is Au Revoir the same as goodbye?
If you want to show off your language skills, say “au revoir!” the next time you leave a room. This farewell literally means “to the seeing again” in French, and it’s also used as a goodbye in English.
How do you answer See you later in French?
See You Later in French: Plus Tard “plus tard” is only used when the other person will be seen again later that day.
What is a Bientot?
[ a byan-toh ] SHOW IPA. / a byto / PHONETIC RESPELLING. a byto / PHONETIC RESPELLING. interjection French. see you soon; goodbye; so long.
How do you say goodbye respectfully?
Common English Goodbye Expressions
- Bye bye! This sweet and babyish expression is usually only used when speaking to children.
- See you later, See you soon, or Talk to you later.
- I’ve got to get going or I must be going.
What is an Irish goodbye?
An “Irish goodbye,” a slang phrase rumored to have originated in the Northeast, refers to a person leaving a party, social gathering, or particularly bad date without saying goodbye. It is attributed to “the Potato Famine of 1845-1852, when many Irish fled their homeland for America.”
How do you reply to a Bientot?
It literally means “see you soon,” but many people use it to simply say “goodbye.” They also say “u00e0 tout u00e0 l’heure” (or “tantu00f4t” in Belgium), which means “see you later” even if you don’t see him later; it’s just another way of saying “goodbye.”
What is a French exit?
A French leave is a departure from a location or event without informing others or seeking permission; the equivalent phrase in French is filer u00e0 l’anglaise (“to leave English style”), and it appears to have originated around the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
How do you reply to au revoir?
In formal situations, you can respond with au revoir madame or au revoir monsieur (goodbye, ma’am or goodbye, sir). Sometimes the word allez precedes au revoir, as when you hear u201callez, au revoiru201d at the end of a meeting just before parting ways.
Can Bonjour mean goodbye?
In most of the English-speaking world, wishing someone “good day” is considered formal, but in French, it’s just the norm u2013 bonjour is the French equivalent of “hello.” This is the standard French goodbye, but in formal contexts, you’ll often hear a cool parallel with bonjour.
What’s the meaning of Ciao?
Ciao (/ta/; Italian pronunciation: [tao]) is an informal salutation in the Italian language that means both “hello” and “goodbye.” It is similar to shalom in Hebrew, salaam in Arabic, annyeong in Korean, aloha in Hawaiian, and chu00e0o in Vietnamese because of its dual meaning of “hello” and “goodbye.”