Goodbye is a word we use when we leave somewhere or someone, but is not the only greeting we use when we part from someone, especially casual conversations. Why not add some variety to your English by using one of these other commonly used goodbyes. You’ll sound more natural when you do.
First of all , we use a variety of phrases based on the word, “later.” Here are some of them:
- Catch you later!
- See you later!
There are some goodbyes that use “later” and are based on rhyming words:
- Later patater! [puh-tay-ter]! “patater” is an alternate pronunciation of the word potato, which has been altered to rhyme with the word “later.” “Later, patater”!
- See you later, alligator. Here, the word alligator is pronounced as [al-i-gay-ter] also rhymes with the word “later.”
Some people think that “Later, patater” and “See you later, alligator” are corny or old-fashioned, but I like to use them! By the way, you can reply to “See you later, alligator” with “After a while, crocodile!”
There are some goodbyes that use have:
- Have a nice day
- Have a nice one
- Have a good day
- Have a good one
Here are some other various goodbyes:
- I’m out of here, which is pronounced [I’m ow-duh here]
- Talk to you later.
- Talk to you soon.
Finally, American English, we like to use goodbye phrases from other languages. I think almost all Americans would understand if you said,
- Adios (Spanish)
- Arrivederci (Italian)
- Ciao (Italian) or “Ciao for now”
- Au Revoir (French)
- Sayonara (Japanese)
There you have it! I hope you’ll start using some of these goodbyes in your everyday English conversation.
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