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80 Ways to Say Goodbye in English for Any Situation [With Audio]

There are many ways to say goodbye in English. 

Some are appropriate for work and professional settings, while others are reserved for casual interactions with friends and family.

In this post, you’ll learn 80 different phrases and expressions to say goodbye in all different kinds of scenarios. 

Common Ways to Say Goodbye in English

Ways to say goodbye in formal settings, casual ways to say goodbye , slang ways to say goodbye, ways to say goodbye in a letter or email, ways to say goodbye on the phone, other resources for saying goodbye in english, and one more thing....

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As strange as it seems, the word “goodbye” is rarely used to say goodbye. It sounds very formal and is typically only used if you’re never going to see the person again.

However, we use it to refer to the action of saying goodbye.

We’re leaving in a few minutes. Say goodbye to your friends.

This is the standard goodbye. It’s short, simple, and you can say it to absolutely anyone. It’s appropriate for friends, family, co-workers and business partners.

Even if you use some of the other expressions on this list, you normally still say “bye” as well afterward.

It was great seeing you. I hope we can meet up again soon. Bye!

This sweet and babyish expression is usually only used when speaking to children.

Occasionally, adults will say “bye-bye” to each other, but only if they know each other well and are trying to be flirtatious or cute. You don’t want to say this to a colleague or business partner.

Bye-bye , Joey! Have a great day at school!


Here are some ways to say goodbye in more formal settings or when doing business with someone, as well as some slightly more casual alternatives you can use with your coworkers when leaving for the day.

Note that in these phrases, the adjectives “nice,” “good” and “great” are interchangeable . For example, you can say “Have a nice day,” “Have a good day” or “Have a great day” and they all mean pretty much the same thing.


When you’re in a more casual situation, there are a whole other set of phrases and expressions you can use to say goodbye. You can use these with friends, coworkers you see often, family members and other acquaintances. 


These are some colloquial expressions that you should know to avoid confusion when speaking with native speakers. If you can use them yourself, you’ll really impress your English-speaking friends! 


If you’re writing a letter or email, there are a different set of words and phrases often used to sign off.

These words and phrases are typically placed at the end of the letter or email, followed by a comma and your name below, like this: 

Sincerely, Rebecca 


Here are some ways to say goodbye when ending a phone call or when texting or chatting with a friend.

If you can’t get enough of “goodbye” alternatives, here are some other resources that you might also find helpful.

To start, you can watch this video to practice and review some of the ways to say goodbye that you learned in this post:

The video below is by a well-spoken instructor who offers more ways to say goodbye.

There’s also FluentU , which lets you learn authentic English phrases like “goodbye” and how they’re used in real contexts with subtitled English videos.

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As you can see, saying goodbye might sound simple, but there are a lot of expressions for it in English!

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How to give a great goodbye speech.

By:  Susan Dugdale  | Last modified: 09-14-2022

Farewell speeches mark significant departures: getting a promotion which means leaving a long held job and a group of respected colleagues, graduating from a course of study, leaving the workforce to retire... 

To be meaningful they need to be more than a casual "see you later" and a mumbled "thanks for everything" as you dash for the door.  Or the opposite, a rambling collection of anecdotes that bore listeners silly.

In contrast, a planned farewell speech crystallizes the moment of leaving, giving it focus, form, and dignity. It provides an opportunity to publicly acknowledge people and events, as well as to graciously show your appreciation and gratitude for them.

If that's the sort of leaving speech you want to give you're in the right place. 

What's on this page?

Everything you need to prepare an excellent farewell speech, including:

  • the characteristics of a great goodbye speech
  • content guidelines for a farewell speech TO colleagues from a person leaving
  • content guidelines for a farewell speech FROM a colleague to a person leaving
  • an example farewell speech to colleagues
  • a recording of the sample farewell speech to colleagues
  • notes on how best to write and deliver your speech

Click the video for a complete overview.

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Occasions for giving a farewell speech

Leaving a workplace.

A farewell speech is frequently expected when leaving a job to take another, particularly if people have got together at a farewell party to mark the occasion.

It is either given by the person leaving or, to the person leaving by a close colleague, often their manager or boss.

Image: woman waving after a departing train. Text: synonyms for goodbye superimposed over the image.

Other occasions for farewell speeches

Other occasions calling for a farewell address are graduations (leaving a school, a class...), retirements, (leaving the full time workforce), or perhaps when a long-time member of your club or neighborhood departs.

A funeral speech or eulogy is yet another form of a goodbye or farewell speech.

You can find out here how to prepare, write, deliver as well as read examples of:

  • retirement speeches (including a sample farewell speech from a teacher retiring )
  • funeral speeches

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'Winging it' v being prepared in the workplace

If there's a possibility you may be called on for a farewell speech in your workplace think it through carefully. 

There is a fine line between formal and informal, prepared and unprepared (winging it) in front of a crowd. Publicly straying too far on the spontaneous and casual side of it may have a knock-on impact you have little control over.

Like for instance, being overlooked rather than being offered the opportunity to speak on behalf of your fellow colleagues and your company again. 

Consider. Plan. You will know if you're expected to give a farewell speech. 

Learn from either your own previous experience or what you've witnessed. Be it the good, the bad or the ugly!

Good communication skills, (which includes public speaking), will open more hearts, minds, and therefore doors, than any other skill you might have! 

(For more, please see  The Importance of Communication Skills in Business .)

Hallmarks of gracious farewell speeches

So having established the need to do more than bumble through, here's what you are aiming for. 

These are the characteristics of a speech an audience: your co-workers, employers, a dear colleague, classmates, a good friend, fellow club members, family members...anybody, would be delighted to hear.

  • It is respectful and sincere. The speech expresses appropriate honest and genuine feelings about people, events and ideas.
  • It is positive. The speech acknowledges outcomes, projects and events positively, without undue exaggeration or puffery. It concludes wishing hope and good luck for what the future holds. (If being positive is difficult be very careful about publicly passing judgement or making comments that could cause embarrassment or something far worse.)  
  • It is brief. The speech is succinct and concise, minus padding or waffle. There are no prizes for rambling on and on. Three to five minutes is enough!

Image - Queen Elizabeth (UK) Text: Goodness gracious darling, what an absolutely spiffing farewell speech. Fit for the Queen. Love it, X

Content ideas for a leaver's going away speech

If it's you who is leaving and you're preparing a speech to mark the occasion, here is a list of the type of material expected, and appreciated, in a farewell speech.

  • A brief summary of involvement eg. how long you've been with the company, club...
  • What you have enjoyed, admired or appreciated about the work environment, job, neighborhood, club...
  • The admiration and appreciation you have for the people: their qualities or their professional skills
  • What you feel about leaving
  • Your gratitude and thanks for support, opportunities to learn, friendship...
  • Special memories: good humored anecdotes or a particularly memorable moment 
  • Your reasons for leaving eg. shifting to a new city
  • What, or where, you are going to
  • Hopes and best wishes for those remaining

Obviously you're not expected to cover all nine points in lavish detail. Pick what feels right to you. Apply the guidelines and, prepare your speech.

A sample farewell speech to colleagues

To show you how the content suggestions and "graciousness" guidelines work together I've written a sample speech. That's below. 

The speech is 496 words long. Depending how fast or slow you speak, that will take approximately three and half minutes to deliver. (You can find out more speech rate here) 

About this speech

The speech is entirely fictional. I've written it from the point of view of a person working for a company called Smith and Black.

Here he/she, (I've not defined gender.), led a team which was involved in community initiatives. He/she is leaving to do further study.

The speech will be given at a gathering in the company staff room. 

Example of a leaver's farewell speech to colleagues

"Good morning. Thank you for coming along. I am delighted to see you all here.

Do you realize we've been sharing each other's company for 2920 days? 

That's eight years of fun times, challenging times and everything in between.

And today I am officially leaving you!

In the past some of you have questioned my sanity. Now, standing here in the midst of you good people, I'm wondering about it too!

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It's bittersweet to leave a workplace you've enjoyed. I might joke about the Monday morning blues, but that's all it is – a joke.

I realize I have been very fortunate. This place, this work, and its people have meant so much to me. I am proud to have been a member of the team here.

Eight years ago you made it easy for me to feel at home. Smith and Black is a rare company. Its workplace is genuinely a mirror of its HR policy. Inclusion is more than a buzz word in a manual here. It's real! That makes it doubly difficult to leave.

Thank you for your belief in me, your support and your friendship. It's a pleasure and a privilege to have worked alongside colleagues who understand how to bring the best out in each other.

In the middle of our daily business: meeting targets, initiating projects and developing new ones, it's all too easy to lose sight of the most important element of all in any organization: the person, the people. Us. You and me, as individuals with hearts, minds, and feelings.

That we don't is what makes Smith and Black unique.

Thank you Bob for your inspired leadership. Thank you to my team: Monica, Tom and Sam for your trust in me, for your humor and all your hard work.

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We've been involved in some outstanding projects together.

I'll always remember our “Feed a Friend” out-reach program and its extraordinary success. 

The “Red Balloon” initiative had lofty goals which we slaved to bring to fruition, and failed. The hard lessons learned there we deployed in our biggest success of all: the “No Child Left Behind” program. That was magical, inspirational work which will go on making the world a better place.

With so much to be grateful for: outstanding colleagues, an ethical humane company, and meaningful work, it seems perverse to leave.

However, I am!

As some of you already know, I'm going to take up an offer to further my understanding of the practical implementation of diversity policy. It's an amazing course, taught by some of my heroes in the field.

This is something I've wanted for several years and the right time to do it is now.

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I am going to miss you all. You've been part of my journey for a long time.

I've already packed fond memories of fun, collaboration, consultation, and friendship into my heart to take with me. Those I'm deeply grateful for.

My wish for you is that you too are able to follow your dreams. This is not goodbye. Per courtesy of email I will never be far away!"

Listen to this farewell speech

I've made a recording so you can listen if you want. The voice you're hearing is mine, Susan Dugdale's , and I have a New Zealand accent.

Example of a farewell speech to colleagues

Content ideas for a farewell speech to a leaver

If you're expected to give a speech on behalf of your club, company... to a person leaving use the content suggestions below. 

  • What you have sincerely enjoyed, admired or appreciated about the leaver's contribution to the workplace, club, neighborhood... eg. their role in XXX project, their organizational skills, the creative new ideas they brought to the role, the chocolate cake they made for special occasions...
  • A story or two, a special moment to illustrate the type of person they are: their positive qualities and personality traits eg. a wonderful team player
  • How their departure will impact on those left behind eg. a great loss
  • Good wishes for the future
  • Presentation of gift on behalf of company, if there is one to give.

More on giving a farewell speech to a leaver

If you're looking for more on preparing a goodbye speech for a co-worker, you'll find it here: How to easily write a great farewell speech for a colleague leaving.

Image: young business man in suit, carrying a brief case walking down steps. Text: How to write a great farewell speech for a colleague.

There's a start to finish 7 step process for writing the speech, printable brainstorm and outline documents to use, plus a sample speech.  Go to: How to write a great farewell speech for a colleague leaving .

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*About The Speech Builder - this is an app that "builds" personalized speeches. There are 3 farewell speeches to choose from: a farewell from an employer to an employee who is leaving, a farewell from a co-worker to another co-worker who is leaving and a farewell from a leaver to the co-workers being left.

It's simple to use, delivers well structured original speeches quickly and relatively cheaply. If you're stuck for time, at just $9.99 USD, this is a good solution.

Take me to the Speech Builder!  

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Writing and delivering your speech

The easiest way to take your content ideas and turn them into a speech is to use an outline. Click the link for a free printable fill-in-the-blanks speech outline . The speech outline covers the main points you want to make in the order you want to make them. Once you've filled it out, test by saying it out loud.

  • Listen for the flow of information. Is it ordered? Does each idea link logically? Are the transitions clear?
  • Is there a beginning (introduction), body (middle) and conclusion?
  • Is the content, tone and language use right for the occasion and your intended audience?
  • Time the speech. Is it too long? Edit if necessary.
  • And say your speech to a trusted friend or colleague at least a few days before the event.  This is a safety precaution to ensure you haven't left out anything that should be in, or put in anything that shouldn't be there. If there are alterations to make, you have enough time to get them done, and practiced.

3 ways to deliver your prepared farewell speech

Choose what best suits you and the occasion.

1. Read your speech

If the situation is very emotional or  you  are very emotional this may be the safest way to get everything you want to say out.

Using your completed speech outline as a guide, write the whole speech out. Word for word.

When you print your text out be sure to use a large font so that it is easily read. Double space your lines and number your pages for the same reason.

Reading aloud well needs practice. Without it you may find yourself with an audience full of people working very hard to be tolerant!

For tips and strategies go to: How to read a speech effectively  

Image: woman at lectern delivering presentation. Text: How to read a speech effectively - 4 good ways to improve how you read aloud.

2. Use cue cards

Make brief summary notes on numbered (cue) cards that will serve as memory prompts to guide you from one idea to the next. These are very good if you have practiced and know your speech. They let you interact with your audience more freely than reading word for word does. The result is a more spontaneous sounding speech. Click the link to find out more about preparing and using cue cards .

3. Give your speech from memory

If you have time this could be the option to go for. The advantages are that you speak directly to your audience. Because you are not relying on notes you can use readily use gestures and make eye contact. Check here for tips and techniques on how to remember a speech .

The disadvantage could be the risk of forgetting what you wanted to say entirely through being overcome by the emotion of the occasion. However that is significantly lessened through practice.

Deliver your speech well

Image: Woman in a red dress waving goodbye.

If you'd like to know more about how to deliver your farewell speech well check out these pages:

  • How to rehearse

Manage the nerves 

If you find yourself under attack from a fit of nervous apprehension at the mere thought of giving your goodbye speech look here. Help is a click away.

  • How to deal with acute public speaking anxiety
  • Breathing exercises to manage stress

P.S. Please, please don't use your farewell speech as an opportunity to vent any pent up frustrations you may have, regardless of how tempting it may be. Instead focus on what was undeniably positive and sincerely highlight it. Be the bigger person.

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Expert advice - a little help from our friends

Chad Dyer - Managing Director of MemesBams

Chad Dyer from  MemesBams  says:

Is the physical or emotional separation from your friend just fate? Or was the decision to leave yours, or your friend’s? Either way separating from a friend can often be emotional. In some cases ending a friendship can be as difficult as ending a romantic relationship. Harder than a breakup!

Understanding friendship breakups can help you move forward and ease your pain.  Here are some suggested ways to cope after separating from a friend: 

  • Acceptance. The reason for the friendship breakup may simply be out of you and your friend’s control. Sustaining friendship, for instance, can be hard if separated by great distances. Accept you have got to walk your journey on your own and that you'll meet new friends along the way.
  • Evolve. Though you may have been used to dealing with your daily struggles with your pal by your side, realize this could be the time for you to grow and become the person you want to be .
  • Saying farewell to a friend and wishing them well is alright and it can help ease  the pain. You can say it’s not a total goodbye. And that you are hoping to see your friend again.  Despite the uncertainty of that, a grain of hope can do wonders to lighten the burden you're carrying.

If you need help finding the right words to express your feelings take a look at these:   Farewell Sayings for Friends .

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Farewell Speech - Writing Tips & Examples

Published on: Nov 26, 2018

Last updated on: Nov 7, 2023

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Farewell speeches can be tricky to write. You might worry about saying the right things and making a good impression. 

Don't worry; we're here to help. 

In this blog, we'll show you how to create a touching farewell speech step by step. Whether you're new to this or have some experience, we've got you covered. You'll learn how to speak from the heart and leave a lasting memory with your audience.

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Occasions for Giving a Farewell Speech

Farewell speeches are a type of speech that are delivered when someone is parting from a group, organization, or event.

They can be for retirement, leaving a job, or stepping down from a leadership role. Students often give farewell speeches during high school or college graduations. 

These speeches mark the end of an important chapter in their lives. Students may also give farewell speeches when leaving clubs, sports teams, or student councils.

These speeches allow people to express gratitude, share memories, and inspire their peers. 

So, it's important to carefully keep in mind the context for the farewell speech before you start writing one.

How to Start a Farewell Speech?

If you want to leave an impression on the audience, the key is to write a brilliant speech. A good speech can not be written without a plan. No matter if you are writing a casual speech or a very formal address, planning is essential. 

Before you jump to the writing process of a farewell speech, learn how to make a start. Only good planning will let you execute the ideas successfully and effectively. 

To make a start, follow the steps given below:

Step 1 - Identify the Audience 

Think about your audience. Who will be listening to your speech? Is it colleagues, friends, fellow classmates, family, or a mix of these? 

Consider what they might expect from your speech and what kind of tone and message would resonate with them. Your speech should be relatable to your audience.

Step 2 - Brainstorm Relevant Ideas 

Now that you know your audience, make a list of the key points you want to include in your speech. 

These could be memories, achievements, lessons learned, or well-wishes. Brainstorming these ideas will give you a clear direction for your speech.

Step 3 - Gather Stories and Anecdotes

Collect stories and anecdotes that relate to your key points. Shared stories and experiences can add a personal touch to your speech and make it more engaging. 

These stories should support your main message and create a connection with your audience.

Step 4 - Create an Outline 

Although farewell speeches are informal and more personal, they still require a particular outline. 

So, before you dive into writing, create a rough outline for your speech. 

This can be a simple bullet point list of the main sections of your speech, including the opening, body, and conclusion. Outlining helps you organize your thoughts and create a format for your speech. 

How to Write a Farewell Speech?

If the planning of your goodbye speech is intense and structured, the execution of the ideas will become easier. Once all the prewriting steps are taken effectively, follow the writing steps provided below:

Step 1 - Create an Interesting Opening 

When you write a farewell address, you have the opportunity to be creative and personal. Begin with an attention-grabbing opening to captivate your audience. 

Dull beginnings can lose your audience's interest quickly. You can kickstart your speech with humor, a casual statement, a meaningful quote, or a relatable anecdote. 

After the hook, share your feelings about leaving the place or position. Greet your audience and briefly state the purpose of the event.

Struggling to come up with a good way to start your speech? Check out these creative ways to start a speech and grab your audience’s attention!

Step 2 - Create a Strong Body 

The body of your speech contains the heart of your message. Here, you'll share ideas, stories, events, and key points. Be sure to provide relevant information. While crafting the body of your speech:

  • Be Personal: Make your farewell speech relatable by using personal anecdotes and a conversational tone. Engage your audience with your words and emotions.
  • Keep It Concise: Lengthy speeches can lose their impact. Keep it concise and straightforward. Focus on events and moments involving others, avoiding excessive self-focus. Steer clear of repeating or over-explaining.

Step 3 - Provide Closure 

Conclude your farewell speech by summarizing the main points and expressing gratitude. You can also extend well wishes or share a relevant quote. This closing part wraps up your speech on a thoughtful note.

Step 4 - Review and Practice

Before delivering your speech, review it thoroughly. Read your speech aloud to check the tone and flow. Practice your delivery to ensure it comes across as genuine and not overly scripted.

Farewell speeches are given in various settings and to diverse audiences.

Farewell Speech At Work

Saying goodbye at work, be it in a retirement speech or when leaving colleagues, marks a significant moment in your career. Let's look at two common work occasions for giving a farewell speech:

Farewell Speech for Boss

This speech is given when your manager is leaving the company or moving to a new position. It includes an introduction, appreciation for their leadership, personal anecdotes, well wishes, and a warm farewell.

Here’s a sample speech for biding your boss goodbye:

Farewell Speech For Boss

Farewell Speech for Colleagues

Farewell speeches for colleagues are given when a team member is leaving the organization, transferring to a different department, or relocating.

Here’s an example of how you can create a speech for your co-worker:

Farewell Speech For Colleague

Farewell Speech Examples 

As discussed, farewell speeches are given on many occasions. Some of the most popular farewell speeches have to be American presidential speeches. These speeches reflect on the tenure, express gratitude to the nation, and offer guidance for the future.

Here is a segment from Harry Truman’s presidential farewell speech , 1953:

Here are some farewell speech examples for students and teachers: 

Farewell Speech For Teachers

Are you a teacher by profession who is leaving the job or position from a certain school? Then you might be asked to deliver a farewell speech. The example provided below will help you write an impactful speech.

Sample Farewell Speech for Teachers

Farewell Speech for Students

Students often find writing farewell speeches daunting. Whether it is a graduation speech or just a goodbye speech in a classroom, students have no idea what to say.

If you need to give a farewell address at school, here are some samples:

Sample Farewell Speech for Students

Farewell Speech by Students Leaving School

Farewell Speech in English

Farewell Speech for Seniors

Need more sample speeches? Explore these speech examples of multiple types of speeches to get inspiration!

Farewell Speech for Friends

Saying goodbye to friends or family members is the hardest but delivering a speech to them is the easiest. 

As it is an informal type of speech, people can start from anywhere and say anything. But if you are not sure how to say goodbye to friends, take help from the example below. 

Sample Farewell Speech for Friends

Writing Tips for a Farewell Speech

While there are no strict rules for speechwriting, some tips can make your address memorable.

  • Share Personal Experiences - Share your stories and incidents to make your goodbye address memorable. Through your personal experiences, state how things and actions of others influenced you and your life
  • Show Gratitude - Showing gratitude is the right attitude. Thank people and their gestures with an open heart.
  • Keep it Short - Avoid dragging your speech and share interesting information only. 
  • Use Simple Words - Avoid using bombastic vocabulary. You are not there to impress anyone but just to be grateful for the efforts. 
  • Be Original - Copying the addresses of others is not the right choice. Be unique and original and write your content for the speech. 

Now that you've gained insights into crafting a meaningful farewell speech, you can create a memorable and heartfelt address. 

However, if you're feeling lost and need assistance in crafting a farewell speech, let our essay writing service help. Our team of experts boasts years of experience in delivering high-quality speeches. 

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When many of us packed up mid-March to try to get ahead of the alarming new virus that didn’t yet have a name, we couldn’t begin to imagine the magnitude of what was happening. Had we known, we would have said goodbye. Goodbye to our colleagues, our teachers and students, our therapists and patients, our 8 a.m. baristas and building doormen. Goodbye to our routines, jobs, and life as we knew it.

On Saying Goodbye

Most of us have a sense that goodbyes are important even if we avoid them sometimes because they’re hard or awkward. Saying goodbye allows us to put words to feelings, shape how we remember someone, codify our choices, and frame distinct periods of time. In short, goodbyes give us a sense of closure as we move into the next phases of our lives.

Schwörer, Krott, and Oettingen (2020) found across seven different studies that "well-rounded endings”—those marked by a sense of closure—were associated with positive affect, relatively little regret, and an easier transition into the next life phase.

For example, in one of the studies of exchange students, the more well-rounded the endings at the end of a visit abroad, the more positive the students felt afterwards, the less regret they experienced about having missed out on opportunities, and the easier it was for them to settle into their home again.

On NOT Saying Goodbye

If we don’t get to say goodbye, resolution is harder to come by. We may never fully resolve the separation, and may find ourselves in a perpetual state of mourning, wondering what could have been. We may be left with feelings of regret, anger , confusion and guilt .

Alternatively, it can feel like the relationship, event, or time period almost never happened. When a good friend leaves without saying goodbye, we might wonder if they ever really cared about us and conclude that it wasn’t an important relationship after all. In other words, endings matter and are often what we remember. A formal or informal goodbye synthesizes the form and texture—the melody, rhythm, and harmony if you will—of our experiences into a ballad we can carry with us in our minds.

On Unusual Goodbyes

When cities and towns suddenly shut down in early Spring, there were no goodbye parties, festive meals or trips to the airport; no stories, hugs, and mixed emotions measured in laughter and tears. Instead, we scuttled off to isolate at our private homes or our parents’ homes, waiting in limbo for things to get back to usual. But with winter looming and little normalcy in sight, we can no longer pretend it’s still late March.

As furloughs turn into layoffs, some of us won’t be going back to jobs and face a loss of health insurance or worse. Those of us who are lucky enough to still have jobs are seeing our professions change in ways we never imagined. Therapy , for example, is 100% remote for many therapists like me and is unlikely to ever be fully in-person again. As with all change, there are pros and cons. While I’m glad this makes mental health treatment more accessible to many, I worry therapeutic relationships will become impersonal and therefore less effective; that the distance we get from a phone or screen may create a false sense of safety so that the trials and tribulations of real intimacy are never fully tested; that the energy and resonance that arises from two people in a room together will fall flat.

And it’s not just COVID that has changed things. The killing of George Floyd, along with countless others, has led to a national discussion not just of police brutality, but of the inequity running through every fiber of our society. Part of changing that, as we ethically must, means recognizing where people of color have been excluded. Professional worlds are shifting to make room for more diverse and representative populations.

The theatre world provides us a good example of the widespread and unexpected transformation that characterizes 2020. Hobbled programmatically and financially by the pandemic, the theater world has also been called on to reconstitute itself in less racist ways. Resignations and restructuring will hopefully mean talented people historically overlooked will be given a fairer shake. The world is changing for the better in that way. But even positive change can mean difficult adjustments. Those who didn’t realize the house/profession/nation needed renovating because the foundation was faulty didn’t know to say goodbye.

Our endings deserve the same ritual and respect we give our beginnings. For performance artist Marina Abramovic and her partner Ulay, what started as an idea for a marriage that never materialized became their goodbye to each other and their 12-year relationship. Walking from opposite ends of the Great Wall of China, they met in the middle to bid a final farewell. Such a dramatic and bountiful goodbye isn’t necessary for closure, but walking toward someone or something in order to more easily walk away is poignant symbolism .

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If we are to grow, embracing change is not optional. But when change is unforeseen as it has been for so many people this year, how do we gain the closure needed for a better state of mind to move forward? Like high school graduations that became car parades and 40th birthday celebrations that became Zoom toasts, we need creativity and courage to create psychologically valuable goodbyes. We can bake ourselves an intricate goodbye cake, gather letters from former coworkers for a memory book, or put up a soap box in the park where we can gather, socially distanced, with strangers to commiserate about what we miss most. We can call our moms, our friends or our therapists and talk about it until it makes sense. Making peace with what no longer is is essential because the most painful goodbyes are the ones never processed.

Jo-Ann Finkelstein Ph.D.

Jo-Ann Finkelstein, Ph.D., is a writer and clinical psychologist living in Chicago. Her writings appear in Your Teen Magazine, Medium, and in top academic journals in her field.

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By Malia Wollan

“You have to say goodbye in a way that the person will understand,” says Dionne Davis, 45, of Decatur, Ga., who has worked in child care since she was a teenager, first in preschools, and for the last 12 years as a nanny. In that time, she has said goodbye to a lot of children, some of whom she has cared for since birth. Choose words that honor the relationship and its context. “I would never say to a child, ‘I’m not going to work here anymore,’” Davis says. “I would say, ‘Miss Dionne is sad because I won’t get to play with you every day.’”

A goodbye should not be a surprise. “Make time to talk it through,” Davis says. Don’t leave all the emotional processing to the moment of separation. When 6- and 7-year-old siblings Davis cared for were preparing for an out-of-state move, together they made a calendar and marked off the days until their departure. Davis asked the children to draw pictures of their future home, and she illustrated how she imagined they would look on their next birthdays. As a result, their last day felt more celebratory than sad because everyone had time to process the impending loss.

Be forthright with yourself and others about the terms of your leave-taking, whether you’re moving away from your home country, separating from a spouse, quitting a job or ending a friendship. Ask yourself: Is this a forever goodbye or just the end of a specific kind of association? Partial goodbyes work if it’s clear what part is over; Davis enjoys keeping in touch with children even after she’s done being their caregiver. Acknowledge, however, when circumstances call for something more terminal, and be brave enough to communicate that clearly. “I have stayed in difficult situations too long because of the love that I have for the children,” says Davis, who is now advocating better pay and benefits as a member of the nanny council at the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

Parting traditions vary by culture and geography. Still, separating from things that you hold dear is an inevitable part of being a human anywhere. Think of goodbyes as a key socioemotional skill for our species. Resilience during transitions is one lesson Davis tries to teach children in her care. “Things will change,” Davis says. “We have to learn how to grow.”

(After seven years, this is the last Tip. Goodbye and a full-hearted thank you!)


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How to End a Letter: The Top 20 Ways to Say Farewell


The end of formal communicative texts is called the "valediction", the "close" or sometimes the "complimentary close". This is the polite formal end of a letter – or more commonly nowadays an email. The power of complimentary closes, however, is in their connection to the recipient or sender. All salutations are not created equal, and not every salutation is appropriate in every setting. What follows are twenty of the best ways to sign-off, say farewell, and send your love at the close of written communication in any setting.

  • Classic: "Valediction" is latin meaning "to say farewell". That's why we call the head of a graduating class "the valedictorian" – it is their responsibility to say goodbye on behalf of the class. Valedictions have evolved across a number of mediums. Consider the letter, the e-mail, the text message, the telegram and even morse code. Like a signature which holds a host of legal meanings because of the age of the tradition of signing one's name, valedictions have evolved across years of changing technologies and social landscapes. Still, one has remained intact across the ages: if in doubt, "sincerely" is always an acceptable valediction. It reminds the reader that everything in the letter they've read was true and well-intended.
  • Professional: In professional communication it is important to know when to stand out, and when to blend in. The close of your email to your boss is not where you want to stand out. Let your resume demonstrate your value. Don't use a strange or unfamiliar valediction. For career communications a valediction should be strictly professional, and there are a number of acceptable choices: "all the best", "best regards", "best wishes", "thanks again", or "thank you for your consideration" are all perfectly reasonable choices. These can be varied depending on the context of the e-mail, but a simple "best wishes" will suit almost any situation and can be appended to every email sent in a professional context.
  • Super Formal: Due to the age of valedictions, certain traditions concerning the close of a letter are almost entirely lost to the history books. However, should you ever have reason to address the Queen of the United Kingdom, your letter should end "I remain, with the profoundest veneration, your Majesty's most faithful subject and dutiful servant" according to Cassell's Household Guide Volume 1 , a text published in 1869 which claims to be a complete encyclopaedia of domestic and social economy […] forming a guide to every department of practical life.
  • Formal: In very formal contexts in a modern setting, the American Management Association recommends "yours truly", "respectfully yours", "cordially yours" or "regards" depending on the context of the letter. They mention dropping "yours" in less formal cases, considering "cordially yours" to be more formal than simply "cordially". Like the professional valedictions listed above, these valedictions are acceptable in most formal modern communications.
  • Bureaucratic: Diplomatic and bureaucratic communications use valedictions as a sort of handshake, and thus valedictions in letters communicating between armies or nations usually identify both the sender and receiver in the valediction. For instance a journal on translation gives this example: [Sender] avails itself of this opportunity to renew to [recipient] the assurances of its highest consideration. This strategy can be employed by an individual in a business context to ensure, for instance, that the receiver knows they were the intended receiver: communication herein intended only for [employee name].
  • Informal: In many situations the valedictions so far discussed might seem too formal. When communicating with a friend or family member it may be best to use the valediction as a way of catching up, or as a way of wishing them well. In this case sentiments such as "talk to you later" "hope everything is well" and "we should hang out soon" are all perfectly pleasant valedictions. In informal situations writers should express their plans for the future and reaffirm an established relationship. Valedictions such as "thinking of you," or "love Mom" are often more impactful than any number of more formal sign-offs.
  • Abbreviated: In the past, printing limitations prevented long valedictions, and thus in legal communication the valediction "yours, etc." and "&c." are both used to quickly conclude communications. The valediction here is serving a purpose: it indicates that communications are finished. A recipient of an important legal document may believe a page is missing, or that the communication is otherwise incomplete without the presence of a short and to-the-point valediction. In a modern context we often abbreviate for the sake of speed, "ttyl" instead of "talk to you later", for instance.
  • Literary: Epistolary writing is narrative fiction that takes the form of letters exchanged between characters. In epistolary narratives a character's valediction can often be highly impactful, especially because the end of a letter usually corresponds with the end of a chapter – it is often the moment where a secret is revealed or tension is ratcheted up leading into the next chapter. From Dracula to Poor Folk to Frankenstein , literary valedictions like your ever-loving your most humble servant and faithful friend and Adieu! Take care of yourself; and, I entreat you, write! help to characterize the writers of letters and advance the plot.
  • Personal: One of the best ways to create an impactful valediction is to link that valediction to a particular recipient. This could be the inclusion of a nickname or reference to an inside joke. Consider "to my sunshine," or "from one cake-bandit to another". These can be a great way to make the recipient feel special, or in writing fiction, to characterize a relationship between characters.
  • Poetic: Flowery valedictions have their place, especially in poetic circumstances. Consider valedictions in letters sent during periods of high emotion. These often explain how the recipient is valued by the sender: "to the light of my life", "to a sister who will be a great mother", or "to my only brother."
  • Curt: Valedictions can also be used to cut off communication or indicate a distanced tone. These are the valedictions we normally want to avoid, like: "do what you want" "for what it's worth" or "I couldn't care less". In the body of a letter these words may have enough context to dampen their negative tone, but in a valediction they will almost always seem hostile.
  • Concerned: Reaching out via formal communication to someone perceived to be struggling or suffering a personal tragedy requires a particular valediction. These should include appeals to religion if appropriate, or to the future: "praying for you" "hoping things are looking up" or "give me a call if you need anything" are each meant to lift up or encourage.
  • Post-Script: Sometimes a valediction is not enough or needs further explanation. A post-script often includes additional farewells or parting thoughts, or introduces a second topic. These can be effective when communicating informally, but mostly shouldn't be used in a formal context – the exception is to distinguish between pressing matters in the body of the paragraph, and less pressing information in the post-script.
  • Post Post-Script: Post post-scripts should only be included in informal communications. Rambling in personal communications can be endearing and fun, but in formal circumstances the abbreviation "P.P.S." should be strictly avoided.
  • No Valediction: Some forms of communication don't need a valediction, and your use of a valediction will show your age. Instant messages and text messages don't need valedictions because the conversation is never ended for a long period. Usually, it is better to avoid valedictions if it is likely that a message will be replied to immediately.
  • Reminder: Valedictions can be used functionally. "See you all tonight" for instance, prompts the recipient to remember the event being referred to, and "see you all at 6:00" can be helpful if a meeting time has changed. Be careful not to include this information only in the valediction: a reminder like this should go in the body of the communication, and then be reiterated in the valediction if desired.
  • Deflection: Valedictions can be used to redirect communication. Consider: "I have included contact information for the human resources department" or "I have cc'd Karen on this communication."
  • Sarcastic: Sometimes we just want to watch the world burn. "I'm sure you will" "I'll bet that works out splendidly for you" and other such valedictions can be a great way to add some bite to unpleasant communications when burning bridges.
  • Valediction as Signature: A valediction can be your personal signature. If every communication is signed in the same manner, then a link between the sender and the valediction is established. This can be a powerful way to set yourself apart, or to show your personal aesthetic.
  • Symbolic: A valediction need not be text. Though now thoroughly out of style, a valediction could be in the form of a basket of flowers, a feather folded into each envelope, or an item that has its own meaning. A letter from an ex-lover which includes returned gifts received during the relationship will have an obvious impact.

In summary, the valediction is underestimated as a moment of communication. The last thought in a reader's mind, the parting blow in an argument, or a final word of reassurance – valedictions carry a host of impactful meanings.

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What Does Goodbye Actually Mean?

By ellen gutoskey | feb 16, 2022.

What is a bye?

When you tell someone “Goodnight,” you’re basically saying “I hope you have a good night” or something to that effect. The same goes for most other greeting and parting expressions that begin with good : Good day , good morning , good evening , good afternoon , etc. Following that trend, it seems like goodbye must be short for “I hope you have a good bye” and bye must be some obsolete term for a certain time of day.

But neither of those assumptions is true. In fact, bye started out as an abbreviation—and good wasn’t originally good at all.

As far back as the 14th century, English speakers were saying “ God be with you ” when they parted ways. It took a little while for them to land on a suitable shortening of the phrase, but they got there by the mid-16th century. In 1575, per the Oxford English Dictionary , godbwye appeared in print for the first time, in a letter from English scholar Gabriel Harvey.

“And then to requite your gallonde of godbwyes, I regive you a pottle of howedyes,” he wrote . In today’s English, Harvey’s poetic sentiment loosely translates to this one: “And then to reciprocate your gallon of goodbyes, I give you back a half-gallon of howdies.” ( Howdy , by the way, has its roots in how do you do? )

But the evolution of God be with you to godbwye and then to goodbye wasn’t linear—people seemingly spelled the expression however they wanted to. Examples include God be wy you , God buoye , good bwi’t’ye , good b’ w’ y , and so on. Shakespeare alone wrote it at least three different ways in three different plays.

As for how God became good , it’s generally believed that people were influenced by all those other good phrases: Good day and goodnight had already been around since the 13th century. While God be with you remains a relatively common utterance in religious circles, goodbye —which started cropping up in the early 1700s—eventually supplanted it as a secular farewell. In other languages’ versions of goodbye , however, the religious connection is still crystal-clear. Both the French adieu and the Spanish adios literally translate to “to God.”

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17 New Ways to Say Goodbye in English

Aug 31, 2016 | Advanced Vocabulary , English Conversation

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Has this happened to you:

You’re talking to an English-speaking colleague after a meeting. You have a meeting in 5 minutes and you need to leave now or you’ll be late. But you don’t know how to end the conversation politely. You’re not sure how to explain why you must leave. The only word you can think of is, “Goodbye.” It feels awkward.

Is it okay to end a conversation like that?

So what should you say? If you’re not sure, use this lesson to learn 17 ways to say goodbye in English or end a conversation in any situation, whether you’re at work or talking to your neighbors.

And that means no more awkward goodbyes in English!

Find out how native speakers say goodbye and end conversations.

Lesson by Annemarie

Formal Professional Ways to Say Goodbye in English

These expressions are best for formal or professional situations when you’ll need to end a conversation and say goodbye in situations such as:

  • Leaving a business meeting
  • Finishing a job interview
  • Saying goodbye to senior management at the end of the day/week
  • Ending a conversation with your elderly neighbor or your friend’s parents
  • Communicating with new clients, high-level clients, angry clients

In these situations, we use more formal or professional language to show respect or to keep a professional tone. Use the example words and expressions below to appropriately end a conversation and say goodbye.

Have a good day!

Wishing someone a good day, good evening, or good weekend is always a kind gesture. This expression is used both in spoken and in written form, which means you can use it to end a conversation face-to-face, on the telephone or at the end of an email.

It was wonderful to talk with you. I must be going. I’ve got to _____.

If you are chatting with someone or talking on the phone, this is a very polite way to end a conversation. Everyone is busy and there is always something else to do (another business meeting, a phone call, children to pick up from school, etc.), so, of course, you cannot talk all day.

“I’ve got to ___” is an easy way to give a reason for ending the conversation. For example:

“It was great to talk with you but I must be going. I’ve got to ___

  • join a conference call in 5 minutes
  • pick up the kids from school
  • share this information with my boss
  • get to a meeting
  • finish running my errands*

You can use any reason you might have but make sure it’s true!

*To run errands = to make a short, quick trip to do something such as go to the post office, go grocery shopping, buy some milk, pick up the dry cleaning, etc.

It was great to talk with you. I look forward to seeing you again soon (or talking with you again soon).

Instead of simply saying “goodbye,” use this kind expression to end the conversation on a positive note.

You can use it for face-to-face conversations or for the telephone – just be careful about using “seeing you again soon” vs. “talking with you again soon.” We use “see” for face-to-face conversations and “talk” for the telephone.

It was great to see you again. Have a good day/weekend/evening.

Similar to the previous expression, this provides an alternative expression for saying goodbye in professional settings. And it’s particularly nice to hear because everyone is happy at the end of the work day or end of the work week.

Casual at Work Ways to Say Goodbye in English

With colleagues you know well, clients you have developed a relationship with, or people who are acquaintances of yours (not close friends or family, but people you are friendly with), it is appropriate to be a little more relaxed with the language. These expressions are more informal but are still professional and friendly.

You can use the expressions below to end a conversation or say goodbye in situations such as:

  • The office with your team and colleagues
  • A meeting or a lunch with a regular client
  • Networking events
  • Trade show or job fair
  • Conferences
  • Talking with neighbors
  • Seeing an acquaintance unexpectedly (for example, seeing someone you know at the grocery store or in a restaurant)

A simple alternative to goodbye. You can use this expression in speaking situations and at the end of emails.

This expression is not normally used with people we see every day, such as colleagues or close friends. We use this to say goodbye to someone we don’t see often.

I’ll see you soon. / We’ll talk again soon.

When we are certain that we will see or talk to someone soon (in a few days or within the next couple of weeks), this is the perfect way to say goodbye.

Have a good one.

This is similar to “have a good day” but is more informal so is best used for people that you are close to or in casual situations.

In the United States, for example, this is commonly used when saying goodbye to colleagues at the end of a work day. It’s also used in casual speaking situations such as talker to the cashier at the grocery store or coffee shop.

Good seeing you. / Good talking with you.

These expressions are a great way to end a conversation with someone who you haven’t spoken to or seen for awhile. For example, if you unexpectedly see a client or an acquaintance in a grocery story. We wouldn’t use this for someone we see every day.

“Have a good one.   This is short for “have a good day” but is more informal so is best used for people that you are close to or in casual situations.”

Casual and Slang Ways to Say Goodbye in English

These goodbyes are very informal and should be used with people you know well such as close friends, family, or long-time work colleagues.

While you may use some of these greetings with English-speaking work colleagues you know well in an everyday situation, these greetings might not be appropriate for a work meeting or to use at official work events.

Good example situations include:

  • Colleagues you see every day and know well
  • Friends and family
  • At a bar or party
  • Seeing an old friend

Short and simple. A short form of “goodbye” and used often at the very end of a conversation.

Later! / See you later! / Catch you later!

Later is short for see you later or catch you later. This is perfect for saying goodbye to a friend you will see again very soon. For example, maybe you will see your friend later today or tomorrow, but sometime in the very near future. This a very casual, informal goodbye so save this for friends and family.

Similar to using later above, “see ya” is short for see you later and you should use the same rules for using this expression.

I gotta run / I gotta take off / I gotta split / I gotta head out

If you are in a hurry and you need to go somewhere quickly, this is a very casual, informal way to take leave fast. These are slang forms of the expression, “I have to get going. I’ve got to ___” from the section on formal goodbyes.

Note: gotta comes from got + to . While we don’t often write “gotta,” this is how the two words are pronounced when spoken together in a sentence.

I’m off! / I’m outta here!

And finally, I’m off! This is perfect for a casual way to say that you are leaving or departing from a place. For example, if you are at a friend’s party or talking to a friend at work at the end of the day, you might say, “I’m off” or “I’m outta here” to say that it’s time for you to go home.

Note: outta comes from out + of.  While we don’t usually write “outta,” this is how the two words are often pronounced when together in a sentence.

And now I would love to hear from you! Review the questions below and share your answers in the comments section below for feedback. Be sure to practice what you’ve learned about saying goodbye in English.

  • What alternative expressions for goodbye do you often use in English? Share some of your examples from your work life or from everyday conversations.
  • Are any of the expressions in this list new to you? If so, I’d love to know which ones. Which expressions are your favorite?

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ya its nice to learn new words an i am so happy to see this website.


Thanks! Helps me a lot


Hi Annemarie,

‘So long’ is my choice close in a conversation. Saying goodbye seems too final.

Radu Cuceu

Hi Annemarie ,

I found the course very accurate and relevant

Thank you ,


Very helpful as I always face difficulty in saying goodbye. thanks for sharing.

Tanya—Team Speak Confident English

Hi Sumit Negi,

We’re thrilled to know this lesson was helpful to you.

Best, Tanya

Ajay kathuria

This is one of the best blogs i have read today, it consists of such valuable tips for using English, looking forward to reading your other blogs as well.

Sultan Ahmad

i use these words when i have a word with my close confidants at the end of the conversation

1) peace 2) gotta run 3) see ya 4) It was nice to talk to you 5 ) gotta go 6) gotta split 8) gotta head out 9) peace out 10 ) I’m off( i am outta here , my friends and i use “i am off” at the end of the conversion .

Yikes , i was having a blast when i was reading your lesson, i am looking forward to seeing your lessons, anyways thank you so much! 1


Those are all great to use with friends and close colleagues. Thanks for sharing, Sultan Ahmad.


TTFN in text or verbal Ta Taa For Now I use a lot but maybe that’s just cause Im typical old school English man.

Nafisa khatun

Good bye see you later …. Bye…

Father EA Hernandez

Fine article. My family avoided goodbyes because we follow our Native tribal tradition of only saying goodbye to a deceased loved one. Many of us say “later”, but I find it unseemly for myself. I always say, “Keep safe, now” or, “See you soon”.


Hello, Annemarie. I really like your lessons, they are useful for us to learn English in details, not as in books. Actually i say goodbye as “See you soon” , in formal way i say , it was nice to talk with you, but i have to go and so on.

Hello Assel,

Great! I’m so glad they are helpful to you. And see you soon is perfect. It sounds like you’re using some great expressions for saying goodbye in English in different situations.


Good Morning Teacher

Thank you for this lesson it is really helpful and useful for me , normally in my emails i used the expressions such us best regards / cordially, we remain at your disposal for ….. , and also I have learned from that lesson lots of things such us catch you later which mean talk to you later and also I’ve got to etc.

really i appreciate your lessons and im looking forward to read the others and boost my english

have a good day

Wonderful, Alami! It sounds like you have several great ways to close an email. And I’m glad you’ve learned some new, informal expressions you can use with friends and family, such as ‘catch you later.’

Best, Annemarie


Hi dear teacher.. There are a lot of things i will learn from you. Firstly;i noticed i was using types of goodbyes in wrong situations and with wrong people. For example i was using ‘take care’ in formal situations also.(With my teacher) And you said we can say’ see you’especially ‘ see if we talk face to face or on the phone ,not on the chat. I ‘ll try to use these informations about goodbyes in my daily life thank you.

Hello Sümeyye,

Thank you for your comment. I’m very glad to know this lesson was useful to you.

If you have a friendly relationship with your teacher, I think it is okay to say “take care.” This is still a kind way to say goodbye. It would be 100% okay for my students to say this to me.

As for “see you,” you could also use that on chat. In it informal and a common way to say goodbye, which is perfect for chats or texts. 🙂

Have a great day! ~ Annemarie


Hello, Annemarie. There are lots of interesting expressions in this lesson especially casual and slang phrases are new for me as “I’m off! I’m outta here”. They are always a problem for us as it is quite difficult to catch them ” by ear”. As for formal and professional speaking I used to speak something like ” Let’s sum up to finish our discussion…” or if the discussion is not over “Accept my apologies but I have to leave you as I have a…” Maybe it’s not exactly the way to say good-bye but to wind up the meeting.

Hi Olga, It’s great to hear from you!! And I’m so glad you’ve found some new expressions to use.

Excellent examples for formal/professional expressions to end a discussion. Both are perfect to help end a business discussion.

Thank you so much for sharing! ~ Annemarie

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English speakers like a lot of variety in their everyday language. We have lots of different expressions for saying simple things. Previous articles have covered lots of ways to say " Hello " and " Thank you. " This article does the same for different ways to say "goodbye".

Formal goodbyes

  • You've broken up with your partner. You're sad about it. You think that you may never see this person again.
  • You're angry with a family member. You say this as you slam the door or hang up the phone.  
  • Farewell. This phrase is quite formal and very emotional-sounding. It also seems very final. It's the type of thing that two lovers in a movie might say if they're never going to see each other again. You probably won't use it often in daily life.  
  • Have a good day. Say "Have a good day" (or "Have a nice day," "Have a good evening," or "Have a good night") to someone that you're not very close with, like a coworker that you don't know well, an employee, a customer, or a friend of a friend.  
  • Take care. This phrase is still a little bit formal, but not quite as formal as "Have a good day." Use this when you're not going to see someone again for at least a week.  

Casual goodbyes

Most of the time, we use one of these casual phrases when saying goodbye to someone in English.

A: See you later. B: OK, have a good one. A: You too. 'Bye. B: 'Bye.
  • Bye bye! Little children say "Bye bye", and adults say it when speaking to children. When adults use "Bye bye" with each other, it can either sound childish or sometimes flirtatious.   
Later, man.
  • See you later. / Talk to you later. "See you later is not quite as casual as "Later!". You can use it with almost anyone. You say "See you later" when you're saying goodbye to someone in person. When you're talking to someone on the phone, you can say "Talk to you later" instead.  
  • Have a good one. "Have a good one" means "Have a good day" or "Have a good week." You sound relaxed and friendly when you use it. However, there are people who get annoyed by it because they think that "Have a good day" is better.  
  • So long. "So long" isn't very common for actually saying "goodbye" to someone, but you may find it sometimes in news headlines and other places.  
  • All right then. This isn't a very common phrase, but some people in the Southern part of the U.S. use it. It's very casual, relaxed, and colloquial.  

Slang goodbyes

  • Catch you later. This is a variation on "See you later" that you might use if you want to seem super-casual. You might imagine a surfer using this phrase.  
  • Peace! / Peace out. "Peace!" as a way to say goodbye comes from hip-hop music and culture. It sounds very casual. "Peace out" is the same but it was popular in the early 1990s. Today it sounds very dated.  
  • I'm out! "I'm out!" is also connected with hip-hop. It's something that you can say when you're glad to be leaving. For example, you might say "I'm out!" to your coworkers as you're leaving your part time job for the day.   
  • Smell you later. This is a silly variation on "Catch you later". It's the kind of thing that a silly uncle might say to his neices and nephews.  

Bonus: Foreign-language goodbyes

These goodbyes come from other languages, but are often used by English speakers.

Adios, amigos!
  • Ciao! "Ciao" is from Italian. When English speakers say goodbye this way, it sounds stylish and sophisticated.  
  • Au revoir. The French phrase "Au revoir" sounds romantic to English speakers. English speakers sometimes use it jokingly. For example, if you're leaving after hanging out with your friends, you can pretend that you're really sad to be leaving by making a sad face and saying "Au revoir!"   
  • Sayonara! In English, the Japanese word "sayonara" is sometimes associated with action movies. You might see an action hero say "Sayonara, suckers!" before pushing a button to blow up the bad guys, for example. In everyday life, you can use "Sayonara" to say goodbye to someone that you don't expect to see again. 

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One Last Goodbye. Essay About Death of The Loved One

You never know when the last time you will ever speak to someone ever again. The day in life where something tragic will happen to someone and you don’t get the chance to say goodbye to them. There have been three of those days for me, but one of them has impacted me the most. The day that it happened was January 19, 2014. It was a Sunday night and the entire Adair family was at my house to celebrate my birthday, which was 5 days earlier. We ate cake and ice cream, watched me open all of my gifts I have received, and were sitting at the front of our seats watching the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers play in the NFC Championship game. 

“My thoughts are that the Seahawks will win” said my Uncle Krieg.

“No the 49ers are going to blow them out” my grandpa replied to him. 

“Honestly, the Broncos have a better chance with the Seahawks than the 49ers” said my dad. The Broncos had beat the New England Patriots earlier that day, so our family was already filled with excitement. So for me, I didn’t really care about who won because I thought the Broncos would beat whoever they would play. But they didn’t. As the night went on and the cake and ice cream was getting to them, my family members started to leave my house. 

“Alright, it's time to shower and go to bed,” said my mom after they had all left. I was so excited about the Broncos going to the Super Bowl that I took a quick shower and started to go to bed as soon as I could. At about 10:45, as my family and I were getting settled down in our beds, my mom gets an unexpected phone call. She answers the call, and no longer than 10 seconds, the look of sadness appears on her face. 

“Who called you mom?” I had asked her. 

“It was your Uncle Danny” she replied while choking on her words. At this point I knew something bad has happened. 

“What’s wrong?” my dad asked.

“He said that we need to leave to Springville right now” she replied. Over the past couple months my Grandma Thompson was in the hospital because she had got really sick. She was getting better everyday. My mom had told us that something in her body did something bad that evening and there was alot of blood clots spread around. We started to pack a few things as fast as we could so we could leave. While we were driving, I couldn’t fall asleep, thinking about the situation my grandma was in. 

“Try to get some rest buddy” my dad said to me while driving. 

“Ok I will try” I replied. As I laid my head against the wall of my truck, I closed my eyes and still couldn’t stop thinking about my grandma. As we arrived at the hospital at 3:30 that next morning, my uncles were there waiting for us. They took my parents into the emergency room while my siblings and I sat in the waiting room. After about a half and hour, my dad comes back out of the ER and into the waiting room.

“I’m going to take you guys over to Grandpa’s house so you can go to sleep” he said. As we were driving down the freeway, my dad gets a text from my mom. The text said that my grandma was going to pass. My dad and my older sister Ashley started to tear up. I sat in the back seat with confusion. At a young age, I didn’t know what that meant. I thought she was meaning that it was like a test they were doing in her body and she was going to pass it. When I went to sleep on my grandpas couch, I waiting for the morning to come with some good news. At 7:30 AM, January 20th,my parents arrived at my grandparents' house. I ran into the kitchen to greet them, only to see the sadness in their faces. 

‘What could of happened’ I was thinking. As my parents entered the house completely, they broke the news to my siblings and I. 

“Your Grandma Thompson passed away this morning,” they said with great sadness. Their news hit me hard. I fell to my knees and started to cry. My parents came to me and hugged me tight. After this moment, I understood what they had been saying before meant now. At that moment, I began to realize that I haven’t talked to her in about 2 months. As I began to cry some more, another thought pooped in my mind. I never got the chance to say goodbye to my grandma. From that moment to today’s time, that thought always pops in my mind with a few questions that come with it. Would I have been less sad if I got the chance to say goodbye? What would have happened if I did say goodbye? The only answer to those questions is I don’t know. From that day on, I knew that I had to get the chance to talk to people more. I grew from a shy quiet kid to a people’s person after that moment. If I wouldn’t have grown from that experience, I wouldn’t have had the chance to talk to people and say goodbye to them. There is no worse feeling than not getting to say goodbye to someone, especially when that someone is a beloved family member. This was my story on how I grew from a child.

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