Saying goodbye properly is very important in any language. Spanish is no exception, of course. In this article aprenderás cómo despedirte en español (you will learn how to say goodbye in Spanish!). Unless you want to ruin your beautiful conversations in Spanish with yet another “hasta la vista, baby” 😅, you should definitely keep on reading!
This means “goodbye” in Spanish. It’s a very short and convenient word to use on any occasion, but you don’t want to keep saying “Adiós a todos” todo el tiempo (goodbye to everyone all the time). In a lot of places in Sudamérica (South America), if you’re talking to friends or family in a casual or informal situation, you may get away with Chao.
- ¡Nos vemos! (See you or we’ll see each other)
- ¡Suerte! (Good luck!)
- Cuídate or Cuídese — Both words mean “take care”. The difference lies on whether you are using tú or usted.
- ¡Hasta la próxima! — This means “until next time”.
The great thing about these options is that you may combine them como tú quieras (however you want!). Let’s go over some examples:
- ¡Chao, nos vemos! — Pretty common to use among family or friends.
- ¡Adiós, suerte! — If you are talking to someone you just met or are not too acquainted with them.
- ¡Hasta la próxima, cuídese! — If it’s an elderly person or you need to show respect.
¿Cuál te gusta más? (Which one do you like best?) How would you combine them? Let me know down here in the comments!
If you’re in a situation like a job interview or a business meeting, ¿qué dirías? (what would you say?)
The most common option is using “Hasta luego“, which roughly means “See you later”, or “Hasta pronto“, which means “see you soon” in a fairly formal way. Both work wonders if you’re planning on seeing the other person again. So, if you’re in an interview, esta es la que quieres usar (this is the one you want to use).
If you want to step up your game, then combine “Que tengas” (I wish you) with the time of the day:
- Que tengas buenos días (I wish you a good day)
- Que tengas buenas tardes (I wish you a good afternoon)
- Que tengas buenas noches (I wish you a good evening or night)
Sounds confusing? Don't worry, I've got your back! Just look for my other Spring Spanish video about saying hello in Spanish, where I explain when to use días, tardes, and noches.
Of course Spanish is a language spoken in many places in the world, and each culture has its own way to say goodbye. There are a lot of options you could use depending on the place and situation. So let’s imagine you got a job in Veracruz, México, and you’re chilling with your coworker near the water dispenser and your boss is calling you for a meeting. In that case, you could say “Hasta luego, que tengas buenas tardes”, which means “See you later, have a good afternoon” and sounds casual but formal at the same time.
I come from a city called Barquisimeto, in Venezuela. Whenever I needed to leave a gathering with friends in a casual and quick way, I would use “¡Chao, panitas!” (Bye, partners!).
In Argentina, however, the same context would require you to say “¡Chau, chau, chicos!” (Bye-bye, guys!).
So, what if you’re leaving your newfound Colombian crush at the airport in Bogotá? Will you settle with a cold and quick “que tengas buenas tardes“? OF COURSE NOT!
If you really want that farewell kiss, ¡tiene que ser ESPECTACULAR! (It should be Spectacular!)
¡Hasta siempre, María Teresa! ¡Siempre te recordaré!
(Until forever, María Teresa, I will always remember you!)
Estamos cerca de despedirnos por hoy (we’re close to saying goodbye for today), so let’s recap what we’ve learned so far:
- Nos vemos
- Hasta la próxima
- Hasta luego
- Hasta pronto
- Que tengas:
- Buenos días
- Buenas tardes
- Buenas noches
So what do you think? ¿Estás listo o lista para despedirte en español? (Are you ready to say goodbye in Spanish?) Give me your best shot in the comments!
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¡Muy bien! Now you know exactly how to say goodbye to people in Spanish, the perfect closing to end your conversation! We have a whole series of Spanish beginner videos, so feel free to check them out on our YouTube channel!
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