Ways to Say Goodbye in Spanish

Instructor: Ashley Zehel

Ashley has a M.A. in Spanish as well as a B.S. in Foreign Language Education. She has taught K-12 and now teaches college level.

Just like English speakers, Spanish speakers have lots of ways to say goodbye in ways that reflect their culture and customs, as well as the mood of the moment. Read on to find some interesting ways to say goodbye in Spanish.

The Culture Behind the 'Bye'

Think about the different ways you say goodbye according to the situation. You might give a goodbye handshake, a high-five, a hug, a kiss, or a simple wave. How about bidding a casual 'see-ya' versus a more formal 'farewell'?

Spanish speakers also have ways to say goodbye that vary from informal to formal. Generally speaking, it is common to enter each other's personal bubbles with a kiss on the cheek even if having just met. This can include a single smooch on one cheek, or a double kiss on both cheeks. In a business situation, it may be more common to shake hands.

Many Spanish speakers use kisses to greet one another or say goodbye.

Ways to say 'Goodbye'

In addition to a farewell kiss or kisses, you will need to know how to say goodbye according to the context. Here are some different ways to do that.

  • Adiós - Goodbye
  • Chau - bye
  • Nos vemos - See you

If you know the instance in which you will be seeing the other person, you can add that to the end of this farewell. For example, Nos vemos en casa would be 'See you at home,' whereas Nos vemos la próxima semana translates to 'See you next week.'

  • Hasta luego - See you later
  • Hasta la vista - See you later (literally 'until the next sighting')
  • Hasta pronto - See you soon
  • Hasta mañana - See you tomorrow

Hasta is also a versatile word meaning 'until'. Again, if you know when you will be seeing the person next, you can add that after this word. Hasta el lunes means 'See you Monday,' and Hasta la próxima clase/ fiesta/ reunión is 'See you next class/ at the next party/ at the next meeting'.

  • Saludos a... - Greetings to…

This phrase is used when you want to say 'Say 'hi' to so-and-so for me!' If you have a mutual friend with someone and want to send your love, you might say Saludos a tu esposa - 'Greetings to your wife,' or Saludos a Javier - 'Tell Javier I said 'hi.

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