Saturday, 17 December 2011

See You Later!


This post deals with saying goodbye to someone in general.

Imagine you are coming to the end of a conversation with a relative, a friend or a work colleague. Alternatively, maybe you are at the end of a phone call to him/ her. It may also be the case that you have bumped into him/ her but you are not stopping to talk to each other. At this point, the other person says goodbye to you.

In Spanish, the other person could say:
¡Hasta luego!


Presumably, you want to say goodbye back to him/ her. There are a wide range of expressions you could use to say goodbye. Perhaps you want to choose an expression which would be appropriate to say goodbye:

  • In the morning.
  • In the afternoon/ early evening.
  • At night.
  • At any time.

Here are some examples of how you could say goodbye:
  • ¡Adiós, buenos días! (goodbye!-use in the morning only).
  • ¡Adiós, buenas tardes! (goodbye!-use in the afternoon/ early evening only).
  • ¡Adiós, buenas noches! (goodbye!-use at night only).
  • ¡Hasta luego! (see you later!-use any time).
  • ¡Hasta la vista! (see you!-use any time).
  • ¡Hasta mañana! (see you tomorrow!-use any time).
  • ¡Hasta pronto! (see you soon!-use any time).

You could add a personal touch to each one of these expressions by appending the name of the person you are saying goodbye to at the end of each expression. Thus, if you were saying goodbye to Ramón Blanco or Laura Coral, you may want to say:
    •  ¡Adiós, buenos días, Ramón! (goodbye, Ramon-use in the morning only).
    •  ¡Adiós, buenas tardes, Laura! (goodbye, Laura-use in the afternoon/ evening only).
    • ¡Adiós, buenas noches, Ramón! (goodbye, Ramon-use at night only)
    • ¡Hasta luego, Laura! (see you later, Laura-use at any time).
    • ¡Hasta la vista, Ramón! (see you, Ramón-use any time).
    • ¡Hasta mañana, Laura! (see you tomorrow, Laura-use any time).
    • ¡Hasta pronto, Laura! (see you soon, Laura-use any time).

The above expressions are quite informal. If you wanted your expressions to be more formal, you should place a more formal title such as Don/ Doña in front of the name or Señor/ Señora in front of the surname. The resulting expressions would be:
    • ¡Adiós, buenos días, Don Ramón! (goodbye, Don Ramon-use in the morning only).
    •  ¡Adiós, buenas tardes, Doña Laura! (goodbye, Doña Laura-use in the afternoon/ evening only).
    • ¡Adiós, buenas noches, Señor Blanco! (goodbye, Mr Blanco-use at night only)
    • ¡Hasta luego, Señora Coral! (see you later, Mrs Coral-use any time).
    • ¡Hasta la vista, Don Ramón! (see you, Don Ramón-use any time).
    • ¡Hasta mañana, Doña Laura! (see you tomorrow, Doña Laura-useany time).
    • ¡Hasta pronto, Señora Coral! (see you soon, Mrs Coral-use any time).

Now you should practise saying goodbye to other people using a variety of expressions

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