Sunday, 17 July 2011



This post deals with saying goodbye to someone you don't know quite well at any time.

Imagine that at any time of day you find yourself in any one of the following situations:
  • You see someone on the street, but you don't stop to talk to him/ her
  • You meet someone in the street, in a shop, etc. After a chat you want to say goodbye
  • You call someone on the phone. After a chat, you want to say goodbye
IThe person in question is someone  you don't know well and you are not on first name terms with that person (he/ she could be a relative, an acquaintance, a work colleague, etc.).

Saying goodbye to someone in those circumstances should be quite straightforward. A simple "adiós" (goodbye) may be sufficient. However, it would be nice to include the name of the person you are saying goodbye to. So, assuming you want to say goodbye to someone called Carlos Pérez you could say:

  • ¡Adiós, don Carlos!
  • ¡Adiós, señor Pérez!

If instead you wanted to say goodbye to someone called Ana Flores you could say:

  • ¡Adiós, doña Ana!
  • Adiós, señora Flores!
    Now you should practise saying goodbye to other people

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