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How To Say Goodbye Is An Important Part Of Your English Speaking Skills
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If You Cannot Say Goodbye Correctly During English Speaking Conversation You Will Get Noticed
Let’s do some simple phrases today. How do you say goodbye in English?
Well, there are lots of ways. Of course, there is always ‘Goodbye’. This is commonly what you see written down. It’s polite – I notice I say it at the end of each podcast - ‘Speak to you again soon. Goodbye’. But it’s a little bit formal for ordinary conversation. It’s the same with ‘Farewell’. ‘I’ll say farewell’ - it would be understood, but it’s a bit formal English for most situations. You can shorten goodbye to ‘Bye’ - which is fine. That would do. It makes it a bit more informal. If you say ‘Bye bye’ - that’s like what little children say!
Instead of that, you could use all sorts of different informal phrases that people in the UK say to each other to say goodbye.
‘Have a great day!’ sounds quite American, but that would do. That would be OK. British people might say ‘Have a good day!’ or ‘Have a nice day!’ We’re that bit more reserved! To wish someone ‘a great day’ perhaps feels a little bit too much for us Brits!
Saying Goodbye Will Happen Frequently And You Must Learn It If You Are To Learn How to Speak English Well
Another phrase which we say all the time, as we’re leaving someone ‘Take care’. This means ‘Go carefully’ - don’t have any accidents or bad things happen to you.
Another useful one is ‘See you soon’. Sometimes people say this when they know that they’re probably not going to see the other person again. Like when you’ve been on a training course – and you know that you’ll never see these people again. People say ‘See you soon’ - as though they’re pretending it’s really going to happen. It’s a sort of polite thing, in a way! ‘See you later’ is similar. Of course, ‘See you soon’ or ‘See you later’ may also be used when you actually do expect to see the person again, even if it’s not that soon or not later that day.
You can also say ‘So long’ or ‘Have a good one’. Or a common way to say goodbye, if you really want to be nice to the person and give a good impression. You take something that they’ve told you they’re going to do later on – and you wish them well with it. So if they’ve told you they’re going out for the evening, you can say ‘Have a lovely evening’ - or if they’ve told you they’re going for a sauna, you could say ‘Enjoy your sauna’ or ‘Enjoy your evening out’ or whatever it is. This one is particularly good if you have to serve customers and you want to be charming.
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Sometimes we might even use a word from a different language. ‘Ciao’ from Italian is quite a popular thing to say. Or ‘Adieu’. Or even ‘Au Revoir’ – all of these would be understood by most people.
So let’s practice as I end this podcast! This will be a long good bye!
- Good bye
- Bye – or bye bye!
- Have a nice day!
- Take care
- See you soon – see you later, even
- So long
- Have a good one
- Enjoy the podcast!
- Au Revoir
- Or even Auf Wiedersehen
Enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye!
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