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As Juliet told Romeo, “Parting is such sweet sorrow.”
While leaving friends or family can be bittersweet, it can also be the key to more new adventures!
In case you are traveling to a new country to work or live, it will be smart to learn a few basic words and phrases including how to say “goodbye”.
Every country in the world has its own ways to part from their family and friends or to politely bring a conversation to an end. If you are curious, you should check out this list of ways to say goodbye in other languages.
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Adiós is one of the many ways that Spanish have to say “goodbye”. You can check out other Spanish words and phrases for “goodbye” in our blog post here.
Spanish and Italian are both classified as Romance Languages, which are languages that evolved from Latin. Given that, there are many words in both that sound similar and mean the same thing. Case to point, “addio” or goodbye in Italian is similar in sound and meaning to “adiós” in Spanish.
Portuguese is another Romance Language, so the Portuguese word for goodbye sounds quite like the Italian and Spanish word for goodbye.
This is one way that you can say goodbye in French. “Adieu” is a combination of two words “a” and “dieu” which basically translates as “to God” so this phrase is similar to “God be with you” or “God speed”. So you are basically wishing for God’s protection on someone who is leaving.
This is a Swedish word to say “goodbye” that is supposed to have come from the French word “adieu”.
This is how you can say “goodbye” if you are among people who speak and understand Korean.
You can use this phrase to say “goodbye” to someone who speaks or understands Greek.
This is another Italian word used to say goodbye and is basically translated to “until we see each other again”. It is a combination of “a” which is Italian for “until” and “rivederci” which is “we see each other again”.
This is another common phrase that French speakers use to say “goodbye” to someone.
This is a basic way that you can say “goodbye” to someone in German.
This is the Bengali word that translates to “goodbye”, though it isn’t much in use and you are more likely to hear a Bengali speaker just use the English phrase “bye”, or the Bengali phrase we’re going to talk about below.
This Bengali phrase is a more common way to say goodbye than “biday”. It translates to something like “take care” and is used when someone is leaving a certain group of people for now.
Icelandic speakers say this when they want to say “goodbye”. You might hear it said twice, “bless bless”, a lot but whether you say it once or twice, it means “goodbye”.
Language: Cambodian Khmer
This is the formal way to say “goodbye” in Cambodian Khmer.
You can use this simple phrase to say farewell to someone who speaks and understands Dutch
This phrase is what you can use if you need to say “goodbye” to someone who speaks Ukrainian.
You can use this phrase if you want to take your leave of a group of Russian speakers. The literal translation is something like, “until the next time we meet”.
This phrase is used by Polish speakers to say “goodbye”.
This is a common Croatian phrase that is used to say “goodbye”.
This is a simple Danish phrase that you can use to bid someone “goodbye”.
You can also say “Farvel” if you want to say “goodbye” to a Norwegian speaker.
The difference between a Norwegian “Farvel” and a Danish “Farvel” lies in the syllable to be stressed. The Norwegians place the stress in the first syllable, so it’s FAR-vel. The Danes on the other hand stress the second syllable so it’s more like Fa-VEL.
This is a common Turkish phrase that is used to say “goodbye”.
This is another Norwegian phrase that means “goodbye”
Though this Danish word sounds more like “hi” when spoken, it’s actually used more like the informal English “bye”.
This is another word that Swedish speakers use to say “goodbye”.
This is an informal way of saying “goodbye” in Japanese. You can use it when leaving a group of Japanese speaking friends, similar to how you would say “see you” to your English speaking friends.
You can say farewell to a Cantonese speaker by saying this phrase.
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This is how you can say “goodbye” in Romanian.
This Farsi phrase is used to say “goodbye”. It is sometimes shortened to “khodafez”. It translates to “may god be your guardian” as “Khoda” means “god” while “Hāfez” means “protection”.
If you are around people who speak and understand Swahili, this is the phrase you should use to say “goodbye”.
This phrase translates to “with safety/peace” but it can be used to simply say goodbye to someone.
This is an Albanian phrase which is used to say “goodbye”
This is the formal word for “goodbye” in Finnish. It comes from the Finish word “nähdä” which means “to see”, so the translation is similar to “until we meet again”.
If you want to take your leave from a group of Slovene speakers, you can say this.
You can use this word to say “goodbye” to a Tagalog speaker. You might also hear “Paalam na” which is basically the same thing.
You can use this Indonesian phrase to say “goodbye”.
We are going to cover two ways to say “goodbye” in Malay here, the first is “selamat jalan” which is what you say if YOU are staying but someone is leaving. So you are saying “goodbye” to them.
This is another way to say “goodbye” in Malay, this time if you are leaving a group of people.
This is the most basic way to say “goodbye” in Japanese
If you want to say “goodbye” to a Czech speaker, you can say this.
This is how you say “goodbye” in Irish.
Language: South African
Because of the big Dutch influence in South Africa, many of their words are influenced by or come from Dutch words. That is the case with this word to say “goodbye” which is actually a combination of two Dutch words; “tot” which means “until” and “zien” which means “see”. So it actually means “until we see each other again”.
This is another way Dutch speakers say “goodbye”. As you can see, this is where the South Africans got their word for “goodbye”.
This is another, more informal way of saying “goodbye” to a German speaker.
This is the phrase for “goodbye” in Armenian.
This is a phrase that means “goodbye” in Latvian.
This is the word for “goodbye” in Hungarian.
Language: Mandarin Chinese
You can say this if you want to say “goodbye” to someone who understands Mandarin Chinese. It’s one of those basic Chinese words and phrases that you should learn.
Here are a few interesting ways to say goodbye in other languages. We wanted to highlight these because, as you can see, they are phrases that are used by native speakers to both greet someone “hello” and say “goodbye”.
Aloha is sort of an all-purpose greeting in Hawaii. It is used both to welcome someone and bid them farewell. It is used to convey good wishes and affection.
This is a word that Italians can use to say “goodbye” but they might also use it to greet the new arrival.
This word is uttered by Hindi speakers upon arrival to greet others or to say goodbye when they are leaving.
This French phrase is used as an informal way to say “goodbye”. It is also, however, used to say “hi”.
This Thai phrase is an all-around greeting that can be used to say “hello” or “goodbye”. You will either use “krab” or “ka” depending on your gender. So, if you are male, say “sawasdee krab” but if you are female, say “sawasdee ka”.
This is another dual purpose greeting, this time in Hebrew. The translation is “peace” but it is used both to welcome someone and to bid them farewell. There is also a more formal way to use “shalom” to say “goodbye”, this is “shalom Aleichem” or “peace be with you”.
Learning the most common words in a foreign language is important if you want to gain fluency. As such, you really need to memorize lists of words and phrases in your target language.
If you want a break, however, or have ambitions of becoming a polyglot, studying lists like this with several phrases that mean the same thing in different languages can be an interesting mental exercise.
To make things easier for you, we’ve compiled the different ways to say goodbye in other languages that we explained here in a downloadable PDF. This way you can learn them at your leisure.
Whatever your target language, however, you should make it a point to discuss with an online native speaking tutor the different ways to say goodbye in their language. While many of the “goodbye” phrases here are basic and common enough to be understood by any native speakers, depending on the cultures and traditions, there might be other more appropriate ways that a native speaker will use to part from friends, family, co-workers, superiors, or acquaintances.
Learning the different, appropriate words and gestures for “goodbye” in a different language will ensure that you don’t accidentally give offense and ensure that, your parting from your new friend is indeed a “sweet sorrow” that will be soothed by the fact that you will see each other again.
Goodbye for now! And enjoy your language learning journey!
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