- Goodbye is an expression used when ending a conversation and parting ways with someone.
- A few other ways you can say goodbye are:
- ○ It was a pleasure talking to you, Jared. Goodbye!
- ○ Farewell.
- ○ So long.
- ○ Take care.
- ○ See you around.
- ○ Catch you later.
English fluency is both knowing what different words mean and knowing how to say one thing in different ways. That’s why we’re going to go over 13 different casual, funny, and formal ways to say goodbye in English.
Not all goodbyes are the same. The following alternatives have different implications and are often used in different scenarios.
1. Until next time.
This option is mostly used in casual situations, but can also work in formal settings. It conveys that you’ll be seeing the person again sooner or later.
It was nice catching up. Until next time, David.
2. Talk to you later.
As you might have guessed, this alternative also implies that you’ll be seeing (and talking to) the person later. It’s mostly used in casual settings. Talk to you soon works the same way.
I’m late for class. I’ll talk to you later.
It’s not uncommon to see talk to you later abbreviated as TTYL while chatting online or sending text messages.
3. See you soon.
Again, this alternative to goodbye is also used when you’ll be seeing the person again, but the soon indicates that it’ll be in the near future. This option is frequently used in casual environments.
I’ve got to go. See you soon.
4. Take care.
Take care is used in both formal and casual conversations. It’s extremely polite and shows you care.
Enjoy your trip, Derrick. Take care.
This is an old-fashioned and formal way of saying goodbye to someone, but it’s still in use today. Use it when you won’t be seeing the recipient for a long time or ever again. This option can carry a lot of weight, especially when using it with someone you know closely.
Thanks for everything. Farewell.
6. So long.
So long is similar to farewell, just slightly less intimate.
So long, Winston. Good luck with your new job.
7. Don’t be a stranger.
Use this expression as a way to say goodbye and let your recipient know that you want to hear from them again soon. This is a colloquial expression, so avoid using it in formal or professional settings.
It was nice seeing you again after all these years. Don’t be a stranger.
8. Take it easy.
Take it easy is a more casual and friendly way of saying take care. Use it with your friends or colleagues you are close with.
Take it easy. See you next weekend.
Short, sweet, and colloquial, some people use later when ending a conversation with friends and acquaintances. It suggests you’ll be seeing them again later.
Tonight was fun. Later!
10. Catch you later.
This is a more friendly and casual way of saying talk to you later.
Catch you later, my friend.
11. Have a good one.
This alternative to goodbye is like saying have a good morning, day, evening, or night. It’s fitting for both formal and casual settings.
Thanks for the opportunity. Have a good one.
12. Hasta la vista!
Yes, this alternative is in Spanish, but it’s an expression made famous in pop culture thanks to Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie The Terminator. It’s a light-hearted and funny way to say goodbye, but should not be used in formal or professional conversations.
This has been fun. Hasta la vista, baby!
Peace is a slang term for saying goodbye to someone. Use it with friends, family, and acquaintances—never in formal settings. Peace out is a variation of this expression.
See you next time. Peace!
Hasta La Vista, Readers!
Going through different ways of saying goodbye might seem like a futile exercise, but it’ll enhance your fluency and help you speak naturally to your friends and colleagues. Goodbye is a phrase often used daily. Try switching it out with any of these alternatives.
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