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Though there are relatively few ways of saying “Hello,” the Dutch certainly make up for it when saying goodbye. Hmmm… wonder if that says more about the Dutch or the company they keep 😉
Either way, saying hello and goodbye are the two most important things to know when learning a new language. And we at Transparent Dutch have got you covered.
So without further ado, here are 29 ways to say “Goodbye” in Dutch.
Tot ziens –> So long
Tot gauw –> See you soon
Dag –> Goodbye
Doei –> Bye
Vaarwel –> Farewell
Hoje –> Bye (Limburg and Nijmegen)
Houdoe –> Bye (Brabandt)
Ik ga je zien –>I’ll be seeing you
Later –> Later, but spoken with a Dutch accent (short “a”)
Tjuus –> Bye (the Dutch spelling of the German Tschüss)
Doe-doei –> Bye-bye
Tot straks –> See you soon
Tot later –> See you later
Ajuu –> Bye
Tabee –> I’m outta here
Toedeledoki –> Toodaloo
Joe –> Bye
De mazzel –> Good luck
Laters –> Laters (baby)
De ballen –> Goodbye
Tot de volgende keer –> Till next time
Tot kijk –> Till I see you
Tot zo –> See you in a bit
And just in case you need them (because, you never know)
Tot in de pruimentijd –> Till hell freezes over
Zie je aan de poort –> See you at the (pearly) gate
These you want to think of as the Dutch equivalents of “see you later, alligator” and “after awhile, crocodile”
Tot sinas –> a take on “tot ziens” and “sinas” as in “sinasappel” (orange, the fruit)
Ajuu paraplu –> literally, this would be “later, umbrella”
Goede dagschotel –>goededag + dagschotel (special of the day, dish of the day) = goededagschotel
If you’ve got more ways to say “peace out” in Dutch, please share in the comments so I can add them to this list.
And once you’re finished reading this post and leaving a comment, you can go ahead and make like a tree and leave! (Or check out more posts on the blog, read more about saying “toedeledokie,” or keep hanging out here for the next learn Dutch post — whatever floats your boat)
Till we meet again!
Okay, now let’s see who was paying attention… Did anyone catch the 50 Shades reference?