How to say Goodbye in Japanese Posted by yuki on May 27, 2013 in Grammar
Last post was about how to say hello in japanese. As there are many ways to say hello, there are also many ways to say good-bye.
The most well-known word for good-bye is probably さようなら (sayounara). I am sure you’ve heard さようなら before, but actually it means like good-bye forever or for a very long time. Therefore avoid さようなら if you are planning on seeing the person again. If you know that you will see a person soon again, you should use じゃあね (jyaa-ne) or また明日(mata ashita). But keep in mind that じゃあね or また明日 are informal ways of greetings.
Some informal greetings which are often used are:
また明日 (mata ashita) – see you tomorrow
またあとでね (mata atode ne) – casual, see you later
じゃあ(jyaa)、それじゃ(sorejya) – bye, see ya
ではまた (dewa mata) – see you later
じゃあね (jyaa-ne) – bye , see ya
またね(mata ne) – see you soon
げんきでね(genki de ne) – be well
失礼します (shitsurei shimasu) – very formal, this greeting is often used to a superior or when you leave someone’s presence
お先に (osaki ni) – formal, “I’m leaving first” (when you e.g. leave the office first)
お先に失礼いたします (osaki ni shitsurei itashimasu) – highly formal
お疲れ様でした (otsukare sama deshita) – formal, is often used to express the appreciation for hard work and is most often used in work places
行ってきます (ittekimasu) – I’m off (to be used when you leave the house, to those who are staying)
行ってらっしゃい (itterasshai) – Take care (to be used when you stay in the house, to those who are leaving)
Take a look at the videos below to learn the pronunciation.
I hope this post was useful to improve your vocabulary. じゃあね !!
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