10 Ways to Say Goodbye in English

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There are many ways to say goodbye in English. While “bye” and “goodbye” are well-known and used throughout the world, native English speakers often use other expressions when saying goodbye. In fact, “goodbye” is a lot less common than other, more informal expressions.

These informal expressions should be used with friends and people you are on a friendly basis with. Using them with your boss or doctor would be too informal unless you have a close relationship.

Always consider the situation and context before using informal expressions. While English and American culture (specifically, the United States) tend to be more casual and informal than places like Korea and Japan, there are still different levels of formality and politeness that need to be considered.

If in doubt, use one of these:

“Goodbye”

“Have a nice day.”

“Have a good lunch.”

“Have a nice evening.”

“Have a good weekend.”

Remember, if someone says goodbye to you first, you should always respond.

For any “Have a nice_________.” or “Have a good ____________.” expression, respond by saying, “Thanks, you too.”

For example:

Park Bo-gum: “Have a nice day.”

Kim Yoo-jung: “Thanks, you too.”


What are some informal ways to say goodbye in English?

See you later! See you tomorrow/Friday/next week/etc.

See you! (Sounds like “See ya!”)

Later!

Catch you later! (Sounds like “Catchya later!”)

Remember, if someone says these to you, you can answer easily by repeating the same greeting (or shortening it).

For example:

Ollie: See ya later!

Elsa: See ya!

or

Ollie: See ya later!

Elsa: Later!

In summary, 10 ways to say goodbye in English are:

  1. Bye
  2. Goodbye
  3. Have a nice day
  4. Have a good lunch
  5. Have a nice evening
  6. Have a good weekend
  7. See you later!
  8. See ya!
  9. Later!
  10. Catch ya later!

“Bye bye!”

Note: While saying “Bye bye” is very common in Korea, it is used when talking to children in English. For that reason, it can be considered 애교 talk and sounds cute. 😊

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