How to say goodbye in German: 12 Steps (with pictures)

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How to say goodbye in German: 12 Steps (with pictures)
How to say goodbye in German: 12 Steps (with pictures)
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You can say goodbye in German in almost any circumstance if you know two phrases: "Auf Wiedersehen" and "Tschüs." However, if you want to really impress a native German speaker, there are other phrases you can use when saying goodbye.

Steps

Part 1 of 3: Standard Goodbyes

Say Goodbye in German Step 1
Say Goodbye in German Step 1

Step 1. Say "Auf Wiedersehen" in a formal way

This is the most traditional and formal way of saying "goodbye" in German.

  • Pronounce "Auf Wiedersehen" like this:

    auf vider-i-know-in

  • Although this is the phrase that most German courses teach first, it is a bit dated, so you won't hear it much from native speakers in casual situations. It is similar to saying "goodbye" in Spanish.
  • Save this phrase for a professional setting and other formal circumstances, especially when you're talking to someone you don't know and want to show them a high level of respect or admiration.
  • To make the phrase a little less formal, you can shorten it to "Wiedersehen."
Say Goodbye in German Step 2
Say Goodbye in German Step 2

Step 2. Say "Tschüs" casually

When you are speaking informally, this phrase is probably the most common way to say goodbye in German.

  • Pronounce "Tschüss" like this:

    chus

  • The equivalent in Spanish would be "bye" and not "goodbye." Although it is considered an informal way of saying goodbye, you can use it with both friends and strangers in most circumstances.

Part 2 of 3: More Everyday Choices

Say Goodbye in German Step 3
Say Goodbye in German Step 3

Step 1. Say "Mach's gut" in casual situations

When you are saying goodbye to someone you know quite well, you can use "Mach's gut".

  • The pronunciation of "Mach's gut" is as follows:

    majs gut

  • This phrase literally means "do well" ("Mach’s" is a conjugate form of "do" and "gut" means "well" or "good"). However, if translated less literally, the phrase equates to "take care of yourself!" in Spanish.
Say Goodbye in German Step 4
Say Goodbye in German Step 4

Step 2. Say "Bis bald" or some related phrase to someone

When you are saying goodbye to friends in a fairly casual situation, you can use "Bis bald" to say "see you later" or "see ya".

  • "Bis bald" is pronounced like this:

    bis balt

  • "Bis" is a conjunction that means "until" and "bald" is an adverb that means "soon", so a very direct translation would be "see you soon".
  • There are many other phrases that are similar in construction and meaning:

    • "Auf bald" (auf balt) means "see you soon" or "see you soon"
    • "Bis dann" (bis dan) means "until then"
    • "Bis später" (bis spitaa) means "until later"
Say Goodbye in German Step 5
Say Goodbye in German Step 5

Step 3. Say "Wir sehen uns" while leaving a luhat

Basically, this is a polite but informal way of saying "see you later" when talking to friends and acquaintances.

  • Pronounce "Wir sehen uns" like this:

    via zin uns

  • Leave the sentence as it is if you do not know when you will see the other person, but if you have a next meeting planned, it would be better to add "dann" ("dahn") at the end: "Wir sehen uns dann". The meaning change to "see you then".
Say Goodbye in German Step 6
Say Goodbye in German Step 6

Step 4. Wish someone good morning with "Schönen Tag"

This means "have a nice day" in German and you can use it with loved ones as well as with strangers.

  • Pronounce "Schönen Tag" like this:

    shön-en tag

  • You could also hear it as "Schönen Tag noch" (shön-en tag noc), which is the full version of the phrase.
  • Similarly, use "Schönes Wochenende" (shön-e voj-en-end-e) if you want to wish a "good weekend" instead of a "good day."

Part 3 of 3: Specific Options for Each Situation

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Say Goodbye in German Step 7

Step 1. In Austria or Bavaria, exclaim "Servus"

This is a popular and informal way of saying "bye", but its use is mainly limited to these two places. In Germany it is not used often, if at all.

  • Pronounce "Servus" like this:

    zer-fus

  • Basically "Servus" is another way of saying "bye" and not "bye". It is quite polite, but it is considered informal, so it is best used in casual conversation.
  • Keep in mind that this is not the only way to say goodbye in Austria or Bavaria. You can still use "Tschüs", "Auf Wiedersehen and other forms of farewell in German in either country.
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Say Goodbye in German Step 8

Step 2. Say "Ade" in Baden-Württemberg

Like "Servus", "Ade" is another form of farewell in German that is limited to a geographical location. This is most commonly heard in Baden-Württemberg, a southwestern German state.

  • "Ade" is pronounced like this:

    a-di

  • This term is actually a bit formal, so it would be translated as "bye" instead of "bye." You can use it in almost any situation, but you will hear it in a professional setting and other formal settings more often than in casual speeches.
  • Besides, you can continue to use "Auf Wiedersehen", "Tschüs" and other goodbyes in German in Baden-Württemberg. You don't have to just use "Ade".
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Say Goodbye in German Step 9

Step 3. Finish the night with "Gute Nacht"

This is a German equivalent of "good night" in Spanish.

  • Pronounciate "Gute Nacht" like this:

    gu-te najt

  • "Gute" means "good" and "Nacht", "evening".
  • The other phrases with "good" like "Gute Morgen" (good morning) and "Gute Abend" (good afternoon or evening) are normally used as greetings. However, unlike these expressions, "Gute Nacht" is almost always used to say goodbye at the end of the night or when you say "good night" before going to sleep.
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Say Goodbye in German Step 10

Step 4. Use "Bis zum nächsten Mal" with someone you see often

If you're saying goodbye to someone you see regularly, you can use this phrase to say "see you next time."

  • Pronounce "Bis zum nächsten Mal" like this:

    biis zum neisten mal "

  • The word "nächsten" means "next" and "Bad", "time". Basically this phrase means "until next time" or "until next time".
  • You can use it with anyone you see frequently, such as your co-workers or classmates, family members, or regular customers of the restaurant you always go to.
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Say Goodbye in German Step 11

Step 5. End a conversation with "Wir sprechen uns bald" or some similar phrase

There are several ways to end a conversation when you're talking to someone on the phone, but "Wir sprechen uns bald" is one of the most common and means "we'll talk soon."

  • "Wir sprechen uns bald" is pronounced like this:

    via sprejen ins bald

  • Another appropriate phrase would be "Wir sprechen uns später" which means "we will talk later". Pronounce it this way:

    via sprejen uns spitaa

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Say Goodbye in German Step 12

Step 6. Before traveling, say goodbye with "Gute Reise

"This phrase means" have a good trip, "so it's a great way to say goodbye to someone before they go on a trip.

  • Pronounce "Gute Reise" like this:

    gu-te rai-se

  • The word "Gute" means "good" and "Reise", "trip" or "ride". Therefore, it is literally translated as "good trip".

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