Saying goodbye correctly is important.
After all, your closing is the last impression you make on someone before you part ways.
Depending on your goodbye, you might make someone regret your departure or rejoice that you’re gone.
Heck, if you’re in a boy band and say “bye” in rapid succession with the right dance moves, it could even catapult you to international stardom.
“Goodbye” (and its various equivalents) is one of those basic phrases that you just have to know in whatever language you speak. If you’re a Spanish student and want to make friends, place phone calls or even engage in Spanish small talk, you’ll need the perfect closing to end your conversation.
And there are so many ways to say goodbye in Spanish!
The sheer quantity can be overwhelming. How do you know which one to use? What’s okay to say to your boss and what’s strictly between friends? How do you keep your goodbye from being just plain awkward?
Well, say goodbye to your fears! Here’s a list of 16 ways to say goodbye in Spanish as well as how to use each one.
Why Learn Different Ways to Say Goodbye in Spanish?
When it comes to vocabulary, variety is the spice of life. And there’s a wide variety of greetings and goodbyes for a reason: These words and phrases are used so often that if you say them the exact same way each time, it can get stale.
Being able to switch seamlessly between your many options will keep things interesting.
Plus, different situations call for different levels of formality. As with Spanish greetings, some goodbyes are quite formal, while others are distinctly more colloquial.
For instance, in English, you wouldn’t whip out a “laters” after a job interview (or if you did, you probably wouldn’t expect to get that job). The same is true in Spanish.
Choosing the right ending for the situation isn’t only a sign of fluency, it also helps prevent any unnecessary and completely avoidable offense.
Finally, knowing different ways to say goodbye will help you understand native speakers better. Since Spanish speakers frequently use different ways to say “goodbye,” you’ll need to study this vocabulary to understand what they’re saying.
Otherwise, you might have an awkward interaction if you misinterpret what someone said and respond incorrectly.
“Bye!” “Yeah, you too! …Wait.”
How to Say Goodbye in Spanish with 16 Different Words and Phrases
Say “See Ya!” with Hasta…
You’ll notice a common theme among many ways to say goodbye in Spanish. That theme is hasta. Hasta just means “until,” making it a versatile and easy-to-use closing, though it’s generally on the informal side.
Here are just a few of the ways it’s used to say goodbye.
Hasta luego is an informal phrase that literally means “until then.” It’s used like “see you later” is used in English, but it isn’t literal. That is, you can use it even if you don’t plan to see the person in the near future.
This phrase is very common, so it’s one of the most common goodbyes you’re likely to hear.
It’s also a pretty good song—there’s just something appealing in singing about goodbyes!
This is another informal phrase that literally means “until tomorrow.” It’s used to mean “see you tomorrow,” and is something you’d say to a coworker or someone else you’ll probably see the next day.
Hasta pronto is an informal phrase that literally translates to “until soon.” It’s like saying “see you soon” in English, though, unlike hasta luego, it’s usually used when you’ll actually see someone soon.
Hasta la próxima
This informal phrase literally translates as “until the next one.”
Use it to mean “until next time,” like when you’re saying goodbye to your weekly trivia team, parting ways after your kid’s PTA meeting or any other situation where you’d see the same people again in a similar setting.
Hasta la vista
It’s hard to separate this one from its pop culture reputation, and we can’t deny that it’s tempting to say it with an Austrian accent.
However, it’s indeed used as an informal closing. While it literally means “until the view,” it’s interpreted more like “until we see each other again.” That’s a nice sentiment, baby.
Hasta ahora is an informal phrase with a strong sense of immediacy. After all, it literally means “until now.”
However, figuratively, it means something like “see you in a minute,” such as when your friend rings you before a night out to let you know he’s waiting for you downstairs.
Yes, you can make your own informal Spanish closing. All you have to do is fill in the blank after hasta with when you plan to see someone next.
For instance, at a regular weekend event you might depart from your friends by saying “hasta el próximo sábado” (“until next Saturday”).
Or, if you’re feeling a little sassy (or openly rude), you could even say something like “hasta nunca” (“see you never”).
Other Ways to Say Goodbye in Spanish
In spite of the popularity of hasta, there are still plenty of other goodbyes. Here are the most common, including some of the more formal closings:
Adiós should be your basic go-to word for departure whenever you’re not sure how to appropriately say goodbye. That’s because it’s incredibly common and can be used formally or informally.
It’s also the closing you’d use when an absence is longer term or permanent. It’s the Spanish word that most literally translates to “goodbye.”
You can’t go wrong with that!
Te veo is an informal phrase that literally translates to “I see you.” However, its actual meaning is decidedly less creepy: it comes across similarly to “see ya.”
You can also pair it with when you’ll see the person next. For instance, you might say “te veo mañana” (“see you tomorrow”).
Nos vemos literally means “we see you,” but is also used to mean “see ya,” with the idea being that you’ll “see each other” again sometime. Keep in mind that it’s informal!
Chau / Chao
This is a very informal, colloquial way to say “bye.”
It’s likely derived from the Italian ciao, but unlike its Italian cousin, it’s usually only used between friends or in informal situations.
Cuídese / Cuídate
This means “take care” and has slightly different forms depending on the formality: Cuídese is formal, while cuídate is informal.
Que tenga un buen día / Que tengas un buen día
This simply means “have a good day.” Like cuídese / cuídate, this phrase can be used formally or informally with minor modifications: que tenga un buen día is formal, while que tengas un buen día is informal.
Note the minor but crucial difference in conjugation!
Allí nos vemos / Nos vemos allí
While the exact phrasing can vary, the literal meaning is approximately: “we see you there.” It’s an informal phrase that’s used in the same way as “see you there.”
Me voy literally translates to “I’m going,” so it should come as no surprise that this is an informal way to say goodbye. I’m going… away!
It may not be exotic. It may not be intriguing. But the fact of the matter is, bye is sometimes used as a colloquial, informal closing in Latin America.
So, there’s no need to have your hearing checked: That native Spanish speaker might actually have used this word as you parted ways!
Now that you know 16 different ways to say goodbye in Spanish, it’s time for us to say goodbye, hasta la próxima, adiós, nos vemos…
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