Learn How to Say Goodbye in 111 Different Languages 

“Hello” is usually the first thing we learn to say in other languages.

But knowing how to say “goodbye” is just as important. How else can you slip out of an awkward interaction without seeming rude?

It’s never too early to learn how to say goodbye.

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How to Say Goodbye in 12 Common Languages

Below are some key phrases for saying goodbye in some of the world’s most popular languages. Each set of phrases is accompanied by a video that you can watch for more context and pronunciation.

Arabic: مع السلامة (ma’assalama)

As the entertaining video below from LearnArabicwithMaha explains, مع السلامة (ma’assalama) is a formal, polite way of saying goodbye. Maha mentions a “spoken” variation of ma’assalame—as with Arabic in general, pronunciation and usage can differ between dialects.

A common, informal way to say “bye” that’s likely to be more comfortable for English speakers is يلا باي (yalla bye), which you’ll notice actually uses the word “bye.”

Cantonese: 再見 (zài jiàn)

In Cantonese, you can use 拜拜 (bái bái) for a casual “bye,” which sounds like the English “bye-bye.” However, note that while the written syllables look the same, they’re pronounced in different tones.

再見 (zài jiàn) is a more formal way to say “goodbye,” and 遲啲見 (chí dī jiàn) is like “see you later.”

French: au revoir

Au revoir is one common, polite way to say “goodbye” in French, but there are many other ways! Salut, which can also be “hi,” is an informal way to say “bye.”

You can also check out this post on more ways to say goodbye in French to expand your repertoire.

German: auf wiedersehen

There are a ton of ways to say goodbye in German, but here are just a couple.

Tschüss is a common, informal way of saying “goodbye” in German. Auf Wiedersehen is a more formal goodbye that’s used less often.

Italian: arrivederci

You probably already know at least one of these. Ciao is the casual way of saying goodbye (or hello), while arrivederci is the formal equivalent.

It’s worth mentioning that ciao, like the English “bye,” has become very international, with some other languages having adopted their own spellings of it. You could probably often get away with using it in a random location informally, as people tend to know what it means.

So if you want to learn Italian, distinguish yourself from the pack early on by loading up on some basic but lesser-known Italian phrases.

Japanese: しつれいします (shitsurei shimasu)

Stop using sayounara. Yeah, I know Google Translate told you to, but as Misa points out in the video below, not only are you probably pronouncing it wrong, but you’re likely using it incorrectly and confusing people. In any case, there are other ways to say goodbye in Japanese that are much more common.

Instead, you could use またね (mata ne — see you later) or じゃあね (jaa ne — see you) as an informal way of saying goodbye to friends.

In a more formal situation, you can use しつれいします (shitsurei shimasu), which is a polite way of excusing yourself.

Korean: 안녕 (an-young)

In Korean, you can use 안녕 (an-young) as an informal way of saying “hi” or “bye” to close friends and family and those younger than you.

For a more polite goodbye, you can say 안녕히 계세요 (an-nyeong-hi-gye-se-yo) if you’re the one leaving and 안녕히 가세요 (an-nyeong-hi-ga-sae-yo) if you’re the one staying. You can see many other ways to say goodbye in Korean on this blog.

Mandarin: 再见 (zàijiàn)

再见 (zàijiàn) is goodbye in Mandarin Chinese. The video below goes into detail about the character construction and meaning.

In this video below, you can hear another pronunciation example of 再見, only you’ll notice it’s written a little differently here. This is just the difference between traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese.

Polish: do widzenia

In the video below, Marzena explains that do widzenia is a versatile expression for “goodbye” in Polish. You can use dobranoc to say “good night” or do zobaczenia to say “see you” in informal situations.

Portuguese: adeus

Adeus is a formal way to say goodbye. This term has a certain finality to it, so you’ll want to be careful how you use it.

An informal way to say goodbye is tchau, like the Italian ciao, though it tends to be used with a softer “s” sound in Portugal.

While the video below is from a European Portuguese learning channel, it outlines the differences in speech between Brazil and Portugal.

Russian: до свидания (do svidaniya)

In this video from Cafe Russian, we learn some ways to say goodbye, including the more polite до свидания (do svidaniya) and the casual пока (poka). The difference between formal and informal is a pretty big deal in Russian, so make sure to brush up on this if you want to learn it.

There’s also, once again, чао (chao) from the Italian ciao, but as the video notes, чао in Russian can’t be used to say hello, only goodbye.

Spanish: adiós

A common phrase for goodbye in Spanish is hasta luego, which can be used like “see you later.” Adiós is another common and versatile goodbye you’ve probably heard.

If you want some more tips on goodbye expressions, including why you may want to think twice before using the pop culture phenomenon hasta la vista, check out the Butterfly Spanish video below.

Goodbye in 94 Languages Around the World

LanguageFormal GoodbyeEnglish ReadingInformal GoodbyeEnglish Reading
AfrikaansTotsiensToht-see-ensTotsiensToht-see-ens
AlbanianMirupafshimMee-roo-pahf-sheemMirupafshimMee-roo-pahf-sheem
Amharicውላድ (Wǝlad)Wuh-lahdውላድ (Wǝlad)Wuh-lahd
Arabicمع السلامة (Ma'a al-salama)Mah al-sah-lah-mahمع السلامة (Ma'a al-salama)Mah al-sah-lah-mah
ArmenianՑտեսնություն (Tsetsnut'yun)Tsets-noo-toonՑտեսնություն (Tsetsnut'yun)Tsets-noo-toon
AzerbaijaniSalamSah-lahmSalamSah-lahm
BasqueAgurAh-goorAgurAh-goor
BelarusianДа пабачэння (Da pabachennia)Da pah-bah-chehn-nyaДа пабачэння (Da pabachennia)Da pah-bah-chehn-nya
Bengaliবিদায় (Bidāẏa)Bee-da-yaবিদায় (Bidāẏa)Bee-da-ya
BosnianDoviđenjaDoh-vee-jen-yahZdravoZdrah-vo
BulgarianДовиждане (Dovizhdane)Doh-veezh-dah-nehЧао (Chao)Chao
Burmeseတောင်းဆို (Taung su)Tau-ng sooမနက္ခုန် (Mingalaba)Min-gah-lah-ba
CatalanAdeuAh-day-ooAdeuAh-day-oo
CebuanoHasta luegoHass-tah lway-goAdiosAh-dee-oss
Chinese (Simplified)再见 (Zàijiàn)Zai-jee-en拜拜 (Bàibai)Bye-bye
CroatianDoviđenjaDoh-vee-jen-yahBokBok
CzechNa shledanouNa-shle-dah-nohAhojAh-hoy
DanishFarvelFah-velHej hejHay hay
DutchVaarwelVar-vellTot ziensTott zeens
EstonianNägemistNah-ge-mistHüvastiHyoo-vahs-tee
FilipinoPaalamPah-ah-lahmSigeSee-ge
FinnishNäkemiinNah-keh-meenHei heiHay hay
FrenchAu revoirOh reh-vwahSalutSah-loo
GalicianAdeusAh-deh-ooshAgoraAh-go-rah
Georgianნახვევი ვერ (Nakhvevi ver)Nakh-veh-vee vehrნახვევი ვერ (Nakhvevi ver)Nakh-veh-vee vehr
GermanAuf WiedersehenOwf vee-der-zay-enTschüssChuess
GreekΑντίο (Antío)Ahn-tee-ohΓειά σας (Yia sas)Yee-ah sahss
Gujaratiઆવજો (Aavjo)Ahv-johબાય (Bye)Bye
Haitian CreoleZòrèyZo-reyPa pozewPa po-zey
HausaSai anjimaSahi ahn-jee-mahSai anjimaSahi ahn-jee-mah
Hebrewלהתראות (Lehitraot)Leh-hee-tra-oteשלום (Shalom)Sha-lohm
Hindiनमस्ते (Namaste)Nah-mahs-tayअलविदा (Alvida)Al-vee-dah
HungarianViszontlátásraVee-sont-la-tash-rahSziaSee-ah
IcelandicBlessBlehssVertu blessaðurVehr-too blehss-ah-thur
IgboKachifoKah-chee-fohKeduKay-doo
IndonesianSelamat tinggalSuh-lah-maht teeng-gahlSelamat jalanSuh-lah-maht jah-lahn
IrishSlán leatSlaan lyatSlán go fóillSlaan goh foyle
ItalianArrivederciAh-ree-veh-dehr-cheeCiaoChao
Japaneseさようなら (Sayōnara)Sah-yoh-nah-rahまたね (Mata ne)Ma-tah neh
Kannadaಬೀದಿ (Bīdi)Bee-deeಸುದಿನ (Sudina)Soo-dee-nah
KazakhҚоштасуыз (Qoshtaswız)Khoshtah-soozӘссаламу алейкум (Assalamu aleikum)Ass-ah-lah-moo ah-lay-koom
Khmerលាស (Lea sâ)Lee-sahចាន (Chum reap)Choom reep
Korean안녕히 가세요 (Annyeonghi gaseyo)Ahn-nyung-hee gah-seh-yo안녕 (Annyeong)Ahn-nyung
Kurdishباش بەی (Baş be)Bosh bayسلام (Silav)See-lahv
KyrgyzКечиресиз (Keçiresiz)Ke-chi-reh-seezКайырма (Qayyrma)Qayyrr-mah
Laoຍິນ (Yún)Yoonຂ້າພີ (Khâphi)Khah-pee
LatinValeVah-lehSalutem dicereSah-loo-tem dee-keh
LatvianUz redzēšanosOoz reh-dzeh-sha-nohsAtā (Ahtah)Ah-tah
LithuanianSudieSoo-dyehLabasLah-bahs
LuxembourgishÄddiAh-deeMoienMwah-yen
MacedonianДовидување (Doviduvanje)Doh-vee-doo-vah-nyehЧао (Chao)Chao
MalagasyVelomaVay-loh-mahVelomaVay-loh-mah
MalaySelamat tinggalSuh-lah-maht teeng-gahlSelamat jalanSuh-lah-maht jah-lahn
Malayalamവിട (Viḍa)Vee-dahപോയ (Poya)Poh-yah
MalteseIl-lejl il-majrEel-leyl il-mayrSaħħaSa-ha
MaoriHaere rāHigh-reh rahE noho rāAy noh-ho rah
Marathiविचारा (Vichara)Vee-cha-rahनका (Naka)Nah-kah
MongolianБаяртаа (Bayartai)Bay-ar-taaСайхан өдр (Saihan ödr)Sai-khan odr
Nepaliफेरि भेटौं (Pheri bhetou)Fay-ree bhay-tohछैन (Chaina)Chai-na
NorwegianHa det braHah deht braHadeHah-deh
Pashtoد پختو وروسته (Da pakhtu warasta)Dah pahkh-too wah-rah-stahپه خير (Pah khayr)Pah khayr
PolishDo widzeniaDoh veed-ze-nyahCześćCheshch
PortugueseAdeusAh-day-ooshTchauChah-oo
Punjabiਚਲੋ (Chalo)Chah-loਅਲਵਿਦਾ (Alvida)Al-vee-dah
RomanianLa revedereLah reh-veh-deh-rehPaPah
RussianДо свидания (Do svidaniya)Doh svee-dah-nee-yahПока (Poka)Poh-ka
SamoanTofaToh-fahFaFah
SerbianДовиђења (Doviđenja)Doh-vee-dyen-yahЗдраво (Zdravo)Zdrah-vo
SesothoLumelaLoo-meh-lahSala hantleSah-lah hant-lay
ShonaKwaziwai zvakanakaKwa-zee-why zvah-kah-nah-kahChisaraiChee-sah-rye
Sindhiالوِڙو (Alwiru)Al-vee-rooپانڍ پيار ڪريو (Pand pyar karyo)Pund pyahr kah-ryo
Sinhalaඑයාගේ වූ (Eyage wu)Ey-ah-geh vooසුබසුබු (Suba suba)Soo-bah soo-bah
SlovakDo videniaDoh veed-en-yahAhojAh-hoy
SlovenianNasvidenjeNahs-vee-denyehAdijoAh-dee-oh
SomaliNabad gelyoNah-bahd gehl-yohNabadNah-bahd
SpanishAdiósAh-dee-ohsHasta luegoAhs-tah loo-eh-goh
SwahiliKwa heriKwah heh-reeKwah heriKwah heh-ree
SwedishAdjöAhd-yuhHej dåHey doh
TajikХудо хофиз (Khudo khofiz)Khoo-doh khoh-fee-zБаи баи (Bai bai)Bai bai
Tamilகுட்பையே போய் (Kudipaiye poy)Koo-dee-pai-ye pohyவரும்போது வா (Varumbodu va)Vah-room-boh-doo vah
Teluguవిదాయం (Vidaayam)Vee-dah-yumబై (Bye)Bye
Thaiลาก่อน (La kon)Laa-konบาย (Bai)Bai
TurkishHoşça kalHosh-cha kahlHoşça kalHosh-cha kahl
TurkmenSag boluňSahg boh-loonSäleňiň adamsyňSa-ley-neen ah-dahm-seen
UkrainianДо побачення (Do pobachennia)Doh poh-bah-chenn-yaПока (Poka)Poh-ka
Urduالوداع (Alwida)Al-vee-dahخدا حافظ (Khuda hafiz)Khuh-da hah-veez
UzbekXayr (Хайр)KhayrSalomSah-lohm
VietnameseTạm biệt (Tạm biệt)Tahm byetTạm biệt (Tạm biệt)Tahm byet
WelshHwyl fawrHweel vowrHwyl fawrHweel vowr
XhosaHamba kahleHahm-bah kah-lehSala unjaloSah-lah oon-jah-lo
Yiddishאז א גוטן (Az a gutn)Ahz ah gootnאַ הייב די (A heyb di)Ah hayb dee
YorubaKò séKoh sheyKí ákàbíKee ah-kah-bee
ZuluSala kahleSah-lah kah-lehHamba kahleHahm-bah kah-leh

Goodbye in Fantasy Languages

LanguageFormal GoodbyeEnglish ReadingInformal GoodbyeEnglish Reading
Elvish (Sindarin)SuiladSoo-ladMae govannenMy go-van-nen
Elvish (Quenya)Auta i lomeOw-ta ee lo-mayMalallo leMa-la-lo lay
Elven RunesᛋᚢᛁᛚᚨᛞSooladᛗᚨᛖ ᚷᚩᚡᚨᚾᚾᛖᚾMay go-van-nen
DwarvishKhazâd ai-mênuKha-zad eye-may-nooBaruk Khazâd! Khazâd aimênu!Ba-ruk Kha-zad! Kha-zad eye-may-noo!
Dwarf RunesᚺᛖᚱᚨHairaᛖᛖᛈ! ᚺᚨᛋᚱᛖᛞᛏᚨ!Ay-ya! Har-ed-da!
Dragon TongueLok dovahkiinLok do-vah-keenZu'u fen fahliil do naanZoo fen fah-leel do nan
KlingonnuqneHNook-nehQapla'Kup-lah
ValyrianPryjatPri-yatRytsasRit-sas
DothrakiM'athchomaroonMahth-cho-ma-roonHash yer dothraeHash yer doth-ray
High ValyrianAōha ēngosAh-oh-ha eng-osValar morghulisVa-lar mor-ghoo-lis
Na'viKaltxìKal-tseeEywa ngahuAy-wa ngah-hoo
FaeDia duitDee-ah gwitHaighHay
GnomishGnufrotzGnoo-frotzHellosirHel-lo-sir
OrcishLok'tarLok-tarDabuDa-boo
TrollishGurubashiGoo-roo-bah-sheeVodoo! Voodoo!Voo-doo! Voo-doo!
GoblinLok'tar ogarLok-tar oh-garSnikt! Snikt!Snikt! Snikt!
Draconicᛚᛟᚲ ᛞᛟᚹᚨᚺᚲᛁᛃᛁᚾLok do-wah-keenᛉᚢ'ᚠᚾ ᚠᛖᚾ ᚠᚨᚺᛚᛁᛚZoo fen fah-leel

 

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