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Common Spanish Goodbyes from Spain Beyond Adiós

Having trouble thinking beyond adiós for common Spanish goodbyes? Well, guess what? There are numerous ways to say goodbye in Spanish.

Here, we’ll introduce you to the farewells Spaniards use in their everyday life, beyond the usual adiós.

Plus, we included plenty of audios to help you to practice your listening skills.

Aspects to Take Into Account

No matter who you’re speaking to, goodbyes are a crucial part of any conversation. It’s uncommon and considered rude to leave a conversation without properly say goodbye.

The same as greetings, there are three main factors you need to consider when saying goodbye:

  • Formal or informal ways
  • Slang and colloquial language
  • Cultural aspects

Formal or Informal Goodbyes

Goodbyes can be divided into: formal and informal. The type you use depends on the situation you are and the kind of person you are speaking to.

When addressing someone using the third person pronoun usted or ustedes, we sound formal. Unlike in Latin America, people in Spain rarely used this form. Spaniards reserve usted only for special occasions, such as meeting a big boss or an elderly person. These are situations when you would use formal goodbyes.

In Spain, it’s common to be a little bit more informal by using the second person pronoun or tutear. Additionally, when using the second plural person vosotros/as, we address two or more people in a familiar way (i.e. you all). You can use these forms in informal contexts or when you want to have a warmer relationship. They are the types of situations where you would use informal goodbyes.

Make sure to take this into consideration before choosing the way to want to say goodbye to someone.

Slang and colloquial language

Using slang and colloquial language is how people connect to each other when a closer and warmer relationship want to be established. However, this type of language isn’t used in a professional setting or when meeting someone for the first time, when more formal language is preferred.

The same happens with goodbyes. For example, when meeting your friends you could use a very colloquial goodbye like me piro (I am leaving). However, this wouldn’t be appropriate for someone you’ve just met. Instead, mucho gusto (nice to meet you or please to meet you) would be more appropriate.

That’s why it’s important to consider what type of relation you have or wish to have with someone before using these informal Spanish goodbyes.

Cultural Aspects of Spanish Common Goodbyes

Cultural aspects is definitely an important factor to take into consideration when saying goodbye.

Something you should know is that people in Spain tend to be very close and warm, and this is no different when it’s time to say goodbye. It’s common for people to find it difficult to part ways. The thing is, Spaniards really enjoy conversations and they don’t like to end it after just a brief chat. When Spaniards start talking, they do it for real! Don’t expect Spaniards to say goodbye one time and leave. After saying goodbye, they often continue the conversation where it left off. Then, it starts all over again. They say bye, and yet, they keep talking. Until after some time, for unknown reasons, they finally decide it’s time say bye and actually leave.

Because of this, we recommend you to learn various ways to say goodbye in Spanish to avoid repeating yourself when ending a conversation with a Spaniard. 😛

List of the Common Spanish Goodbyes Used in Spain

Even though there are many ways to say goodbye in Spanish, we manage to gather some of the most common Spanish goodbyes used by Spaniards.

You will find them divided into formal and informal ways and you can choose between them depending on the situation. However, don’t overthink it too much and use also common sense.

Informal Spanish Goodbyes

Informal goodbyes are commonly used with people you have a closer relationship, like with friends or family members.

SPAN.ENG.
Adiós
Goodbye
Adéu o deu (CAT)

Goodbye
Bye
Chao
Bye
Cuídate

Take care
Hasta ahora
See you soon
Hasta entonces
Until then
Hasta pronto
See you soon
Hasta la próxima
See you next time
Hasta la vista
See you (later)
Until next time
Hasta luego
See you later
Hasta mañana
See you tomorrow
Hablamos más tarde
Talk to you later
Hasta siempre
Goodbye forever
See you never
Have a good life
Luego hablamos
Talk to you later
Me piro
I am leaving
Nos vemos
See you
Nos vemos luego
See you later
Nos vemos pronto

See you soon
¡Qué tengas un buen día!
I hope you have a good day
¡Qué (te) vaya bien!
I hope everything goes well
Te veo luego
See you later

Formal Spanish Goodbyes

Theses goodbyes are more appropriate for formal situations, such as when meeting someone for the first time or when speaking to an elderly person. However, this isn’t always the case.

Most of these goodbyes use the third person pronoun, and many people in Spain feel uncomfortable when they are addressed by this pronoun. However, even when the situation calls for the use of formal goodbyes, using informal ways like nos vemos wouldn’t necessarily mean you are being unrespectful.

SPAN.ENG.
Adiós
Goodbye
Cuídese
Take care
Encantado/a de conocerle/lo/la
Nice to meet you
Espero volver a verle/lo/la pronto
I hope to see you soon
Ha sido un placer volver a verle/lo/la
It has been a pleasure to see you again
Ha sido un placer
It has been a pleasure
Ha sido un placer conocerle/lo/la
It's a pleasure to meet you
Le/lo/la veo luego
See you later
Mucho gusto
Nice to meet you
Pleased to meet you
Qué tenga un buen día
I hope you have a good day
Qué le vaya bien
I hope it goes well
Un placer conocerle/lo/la
It has been a pleasure to meet you
Un placer volver a verle/lo/la
It has been a pleasure to see you again

Final Thoughts

Similar to greetings, there are numerous ways to say goodbye in Spanish. Choose the most appropriate based on the context and situation. However, when in doubt, adiós is always safe bet! 😛

But remember, in Spain, people tend to prefer more relaxed interactions, which often times results in using more informal ways to say goodbye. This doesn’t mean they are disrespectful, in fact, it’s a sign of willingness to have closer and warmer relationships with others.

In addition, you can now enhance even more your Spanish farewell-related vocabulary and sound like a real Spaniard. Unlock exclusive phrases and words with our Common Greetings and Goodbyes Audio & eBook.

Before you leave, we would love to hear from you.

  • What are the most common Spanish goodbyes you use?
  • Do you know any other ways to say bye in Spanish?

Share your answers in the comment section below!


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