80+ other ways to say goodbye without saying goodbye
“Goodbye”, “bye”, or “bye-bye” aren’t the only ways to say goodbye in English. In fact, if you always use one of these three expressions to end all of your conversations in English, they’ll seem unnatural and, frankly, quite strange!
So, help us help you avoid socially awkward conversations and read this list of ways to say goodbye without saying goodbye.
How to say goodbye in English formally or in a business setting
Knowing what expressions to use in formal situations is one of the most important things to learn, not only when it comes to vocabulary but also in terms of culture. In some English speaking countries, politeness is fundamental, and people can be extremely polite (if you’ve ever been to England, you know what we mean).
For example, a simple thank you in English is enough to end the interaction when leaving a supermarket. But in case you’re leaving a business meeting, you might need to have a few useful expressions up your sleeve to make a lasting impression.
So, let’s take a look at some ways to say goodbye in English formally.
|Have a nice weekend!||/ həv ə ˈnaɪs ˈwiːˌkend /||A universal way to wish someone a good day.|
|Have a nice day!||/ həv ə ˈnaɪs ˈdeɪ /||A universal way to wish someone a good day.|
|Have a great rest of your day!||/ həv ə ˌgreɪt ˈrest əv jər ˈdeɪ /||Same as above.|
|I look forward to our next meeting.||/ ˈaɪ ˈlʊk ˈfɔːrwərd tə ˈaʊər ˈnekst ˈmiːtɪŋ /||You can use it when you have another meeting planned with this person.|
|It was a pleasure seeing you / talking to you.||/ ˈɪt wəz ə ˈpleʒə ˈsiːɪŋ ju ˈtɔ:kɪŋ tə ju /||To affirm how pleased you were to see them / talk to them after a long time.|
|It was a pleasure speaking with you.||/ ˈɪt wəz ə ˈpleʒə ˈspi:kɪŋ wɪθ ju /||A very customer-oriented way to say goodbye.|
|Hope you have a wonderful day/evening/weekend.||/ hoʊp ju həv ə ˈwʌndərfəl ˈdeɪ ˈiːvn̩ɪŋ ˈwiːˌkend /||To politely wish someone a nice time after your meeting/conversation.|
|Take care.||/ ˈteɪk ˈker /||A common expression in formal settings; it means you like someone and wish them well.|
|Speak to you then.||/ ˈspiːk tə ju ˈðen /||You can use it if you have another conversation planned with this person soon.|
|I’ll see you then.||/ ˈaɪl ˈsi: ju ˈðen /||You can say this to someone who has scheduled an appointment with you.|
|Good night.||/ gʊ ˈnaɪt /||This is a perfect goodbye for late nights in the office!|