French Goodbye


IN French, goodbye is easy to say. You probably have heard the phrase many times before. But as we have many ways of saying farewell in English, so do the French.

French Goodbye

There are several ways to say goodbye in French. Which one you choose, depends on the person, the situation and even when you expect to meet again.

French goodbye

Au revoir (pronounced oh re vwah) is the standard way to say goodbye in French. It works with all people, in all situations. It’s literal translation is “to the (au) next time we see each other (revoir)”.

If you’re in a French shop, it would be polite to say goodbye to the owner/employees with the bit more formal Bonne journée. Pronounced bun zhor nay, it basically means Have a good day.

Bon soir (pronounced bohn swah) means Good evening. This phrase can also be used as a greeting.

To a coworker or anyone you know you will see again the next day, you could depart by saying A demain. Pronounced ah duh man, it means until tomorrow.

Lastly, when you don’t know when you will see the person again, you can bid that person Adieu (pronunced ah dyer). Like its Spanish counterpart, adiós, adieu means to go with God.