Top 15 Ways Of Saying Good-bye In French

Just like English, there are many ways of saying “goodbye” in French. Let’s learn them here!

Au Revoir = See you again

This is the most common and most formal way of saying goodbye in French. Literally, au revoir means something to the effect of “until I see you again” with the “au” meaning “to” and “revoir” meaning “resee”.

Salut! = By! (Informal)

This is another extremely common way of saying goodbye. However, it’s informal and should only be used with people you know know well and kids. It would be very impolite to say “salut” in a business situation or with total strangers.

À la prochaine = See you next time!

À la prochaine translates closest to “see you next time”. It translates literally to “to the next” and what it really means is “ À la prochaine fois”, with the word “fois” meaning “time”.

À tout à l’heure! See you later!

À tout à l’heure translates to see you later. But, what’s important to keep in mind is that this expression is used to say “see you later” within the same day. So, if it were the morning and you were seeing somebody a few hours later in the afternoon, you could say À tout à l’heure!

À plus tard! = See you later!

This is another way of saying see you later! Unlike the previous expression you can use this to say “see you later” for the same day or another day or time in the future.

À toute de suite! See you right away!

This means “see you soon” but what it really implies is “see you right away”. For example, if somebody calls you to tell you they’ll arrive in five minutes you can tell them, À toute de suite!

Adieu! Goodbye!

This means goodbye but it has a rather serious connotation as it implies “goodbye forever”. It’s used most often when somebody passes away.

Ciao! Bye!

Ciao comes from Italian and means bye. It’s very informal and used mainly between friends and people you already know very well.

Bon, Je te laisse! Well, I’m off!

This literally means, “good, I leave you!” but it could translate loosly to “Well, I’m off”. You would use this expression at the end of a conversation or spending some time with somebody.

À demain! See you tomorrow!

The “À” here means see you and “demain” means tomorrow. Hence, “à demain” means “see you tomorrow!”

À + day of week!

À plus any day of the week means see you on that given day. Hence, “À lundi!” means “see you on Monday!”

Je m’en vais! I’m outta here!

This is what you’d say when leaving a group of people after you’ve been with them for a while. The infinitive, “s’en aller” means to be off.

Je me casse! I’m outta here!

This is very slang and is the more informal version of “je m’en vais”. The infinitive “se casser” translates to “to be out of here”

Bonne continuation!

You use this expression when you’ve known somebody for a given period of time and you’re now parting ways. You use this to express best wishes in the other person’s future endeavors.

Bonjour! Good-bye in French Canadian

It might seem strange to see “bonjour” on this list here because it means hello. However, in Québec and other French-speaking regions of Canada you can use “bonjour” at the end of a conversation to wish somebody a good day.

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