Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Adiós Buenas Noches...


This post deals with saying goodbye to someone you don't know quite well in the evening.

Imagine that some time in the evening 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

The 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. Since it is in the afternoon, you could add a "buenas noches"* (good night). It would also 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, buenas noches, don Carlos!
  • ¡Adiós, buenas noches, señor Pérez!

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

  • ¡Adiós, buenas noches, doña Ana!
  • ¡Adiós, buenas noches, señora Flores!

    *NB Please note that "buenas noches" may also mean good evening

    See more practical examples of saying goodbye

    Now you should practise saying goodbye to other people

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