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Visiting a foreign country without knowing the language can be challenging, but locals are usually willing to assist you with whatever you require. This is especially true if they notice you making an effort to learn the language in order to get around the country.

If you plan to visit Germany, you will notice that by simply saying "hello" or "goodbye" in German, you can begin to warm the locals' hearts and get to know people. Local contacts are beneficial to learning a language as daily conversations improve language learning.

In a previous article, we already showed you how to say "hello" in German as well as some other German greetings, so this post will focus on saying "goodbye" in German.

Just like in English, there are numerous ways to say "goodbye" in German due to the language's rich vocabulary. We will introduce you to several German farewells as well as a variety of words and phrases to practice, so you can choose what works best for you.

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1. The Standard Farewells in German

In German, the two most common ways to say goodbye are "Tschüss" and "Auf Wiedersehen." Although some people use those words randomly, they have different meanings, which we will now have a closer look at.

Both farewells you can use both in a casual and in a formal way. While other German-speaking countries have their variants of "Tschüss," the phrase "Auf Wiedersehen" is used among all German speakers.

"Auf Wiedersehen" as the Formal German "Goodbye"

The phrase "Auf Wiedersehen" seems pretty long and complicated, and you might prefer using a shorter “goodbye.” Nevertheless, it means "until we see each other again” - and, if you ask us, that is pretty lovely. Besides, if you want to learn German, you better get used to long words - this language is known for its word combinations.

When someone uses the farewell "Auf Wiedersehen" (until next time), they generally expect to see the other person again. It can be either the case of knowing when they’ll meet next or they’re just hoping to see the other person again.

Native

Translation

Auf Wiedersehen.

Until next time.

Saying "Goodbye" in German via the Telephone

The funny thing is that German people use a similar farewell when they talk on the phone. They obviously don't see each other while talking on the phone, so they say, "Auf Wiederhören. "

While the verb "wiedersehen" means "see again" in English, "wiederhören" means "hear again." As a result, the translation would be "until we hear each other again" and implies that you either know or hope to hear from the other person again.

Many people also use the phrase "Wir sprechen uns" to say "goodbye" in that context as it means you will talk again on the phone soon. The direct translation is "we will talk with each other."

Native

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Translation

Auf Wiederhören.

Goodbye (on the phone).

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"Tschüss” as the Shortest Way to Say "Bye" in German

The second standard farewell, "Tschüss," is probably the most commonly used farewell in German. It comes from the word "atschüss," derived from Latin. There are many similar words in the Roman languages such as "adios," "adieu," "adeu," or "adé," all of which mean "God."

The English translation of "Tschüss" is "goodbye," which has its origin in the old phrase "God be with you." Nowadays, the religious influence of "Tschüss" has become minor, but it is still the most used farewell in several languages.

Native

Translation

Tschüss

Bye

In the German language, there is also some variation depending on the region you are in. While people say "Tschö" in some areas, in the Eastern Germany, they use "Tschüssi," which actually makes the farewell sound a little sweet.

2. Wishing a Nice Day in German

Another way to say "goodbye" in German is by wishing someone "einen schönen Tag" (have a nice day). In this context, the most common phrase in Germany is "Schönen Tag noch," which means that you wish the other person a pleasant rest of the day.

The word "noch" literally means "still," but in our case, it is used to say "the rest of the day." If it is already later in the day, Germans change the sentence to "Schönen Abend noch," which means "nice evening."

Native

Translation

Einen schönen Tag.

Have a nice day.

Schönen Tag noch.

Have a nice day.

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Schönen Abend noch.

Have a nice evening.

Special Wishes for the Weekend

If the weekend is about to start, you also have the option to say "Schönes Wochenende," which means "have a nice weekend" in English. At the office or in school, this is a widespread way of saying goodbye on Fridays.

It’s also a pretty formal way to say goodbye in German. While you are leaving school and saying "see you later" (bis später) or "see you tomorrow" (bis morgen) to your friends, try to wish your teacher a "Schönes Wochenende."

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3. Saying "Goodbye" in German for a Short Time

If you only want to say "goodbye" in German and you know you'll see the other person again soon, you have several options. As in English, you can say "see you soon," which in German is "bis bald," "bis gleich," or "bis dann."

There are also the options such as "bis später" (see you later) and "bis zum nächsten Mal" (see you next time). As you can see, all of the phrases are built with the preposition "bis," which means "until" in English.

Native

Translation

Bis bald.

See you soon.

Bis gleich.

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See you.

Bis dann.

See you.

Bis später.

See you later.

Bis zum nächsten Mal.

See you next time.

Create Your Own “Goodbyes” in German With the Word "bis"

You can theoretically use the word "bis" to add any context you want. If you know you'll see the others on Monday, for example, you can say "bis Montag," which means "see you on Monday." It would be "bis morgen" (see you tomorrow) if you are going to meet tomorrow.

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Apart from the sentence "wir sprechen uns" that we mentioned above, there is also a phrase "wir sehen uns" (we’ll see each other). While you would use the first one to refer to a next phone call, you can use “wir sehen uns” to propose a personal meeting in the future. You might be familiar with this phrase in Spanish, where they say "nos vemos" for it.

4. "Gute Nacht" for the Evening

We explained in previous posts that you can use "Guten Morgen" (good morning), "Guten Tag" (good day), or "Guten Abend" (good evening) as greetings in German. The phrase "Gute Nacht" (good night), however, you would only use as a farewell.

Native

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Translation

Gute Nacht.

Good night.

Most German speakers use it right before going to sleep when they are literally on the way to bed. As a result, you would not say it to your friends in a bar at night, but mostly when you are staying at their place before going to sleep.

5. A Traditional Way to Say "Bye" in German for Uncertain Time

Especially in earlier times, there were many instances where you couldn’t be sure if you would see each other again in life, and people said "goodbye" in a more formal way in German. By saying "Lebe wohl," they meant "Have a good life."

Nowadays, this farewell has mostly disappeared, as it is easy to keep in touch through social media. However, you might find older people in Germany using this way of saying goodbye.

Native

Translation

Lebe wohl.

Have a good life.

If Germans are not sure about seeing each other again, but they hope so and trust in it, they use "Bis zum nächsten Mal" (see you next time) to say "goodbye," which we have already mentioned above.

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6. International Influence in Saying "Bye" in German

When visiting Germany, you might notice that many young people use words that are not German to say "bye" to someone. Because of the international influence, you can find words from many different languages in German.

One of the most common international ways to say "bye" in German is the Italian "ciao." Unlike the Italians, German people only use it for goodbye and not as a greeting. Besides "ciao," you will also find the English "bye," the French "adieu," or the Spanish "adios."

People use international words primarily for fun, so use them in a more casual context. For example, you might say "bye" using the word "ciao” after having a conversation with a neighbor you know well.

A Little Sum Up

Hopefully, this post showed you that there are numerous ways to say "goodbye" to someone in German - and from now on, you will always know which word to use in this context when visiting Germany.

Wish people a "schönen Tag noch" (a nice rest of the say day) when being in Germany and get in contact with the locals, or say "Wir sehen uns" (we’ll see each other) or "bis bald" (see you soon) when you know that you will meet up soon.

If you want to learn more about saying "hello" in German, or when to use "Guten Tag" (good day) and "Guten Abend" (good evening), check out our previous blog posts. And remember to practice - for example, with the Langster App.

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FAQs

How do you say goodbye in German? ›

Situation you may well say auf wiedersehen. But nowadays juice is the most common way to say goodbye

How do you say goodbye in German Formal? ›

Goodbye in German is “Auf Wiedersehen” [aʊ̯f ˈviːdɐˌzeːən]. Pronounced “Ouf weeder-zeh-hen”. It's a formal way of saying “To meeting again”, with a cheerful undertone, like a toast. Ironically, it's used more often with strangers, so with people you actually won't see again.

How do you say goodbye in 10 different languages? ›

How To Say Goodbye In Different Languages
  1. Spanish = Adios.
  2. Italian = Arrivederci.
  3. French = Au Revoir.
  4. Portuguese = Adeus.
  5. German = Auf Wiedersehen.
  6. Japanese = Sayōnara.
  7. Russian = Do svidaniya.
  8. Korean = Annyeong.

Why do Germans say ciao? ›

"Ciao" is Venetian for "schiavo", slave or servant. So, it is in principle same as the Austrian/Bavarian greeting "Servus" ("I am your servant", "at your service"). This, together with the phonetic proximity to "tschüss" (or its regional variant "tschö") may explain the popularity of the word in German.

How do you say good bye? ›

How To Pronounce Goodbye - Pronunciation Academy - YouTube

Do Germans say Tschuss? ›

The Standard Farewells in German

In German, the two most common ways to say goodbye are "Tschüss" and "Auf Wiedersehen." Although some people use those words randomly, they have different meanings, which we will now have a closer look at. Both farewells you can use both in a casual and in a formal way.

How do you use Auf Wiedersehen? ›

You've probably heard of auf wiedersehen, the classic way to say goodbye in German.
...
Goodbye in German at a Glance.
GermanEnglish
Auf WiedersehenGoodbye / I'll see you again
Auf WiederhörenGoodbye (phone) / I'll hear you again
TschüssGoodbye
Bis späterSee you later
10 more rows

What is Auf Wiedersehen? ›

Definition of auf Wiedersehen

used to express farewell.

Does Auf Wiedersehen mean goodbye? ›

interjection German. until we meet again; goodbye for the present.

What does chuse mean in German? ›

The farewell auf Wiedersehen is often considered more appropriate to use towards strangers and generally in formal situations in Southern Germany. In northern and central Germany, tschüss is a standard goodbye in all but official situations, with the north preferring the older form tschüß.

Is Auf Wiedersehen formal? ›

– Auf Wiedersehen! The formal expression for saying goodbye is used with unfamiliar adults, in business situations, with officials, and when shopping.

How do you say goodbye in 50 languages? ›

Do you know how to say goodbye in these languages?
...
Learn how to say "Goodbye" in 50 different languages.
Language'Goodbye'
FrenchAu Revoir
GermanAuf Wiedersehen
GreekYasou
HawaiianAloha
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How do you say goodbye in 100 languages? ›

It's the official language of Canada, the UK, the United States, Australia, New Zealand.
  1. French = Au Revoir. ...
  2. Spanish = Adios. ...
  3. Portuguese = Adeus. ...
  4. Maori = Kia koa. ...
  5. Australian= Ta. ...
  6. Greek = Yasou. ...
  7. Serbian = Zdravo. ...
  8. Croatian = Doviđenja.
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How do you say goodbye casually? ›

Goodbye itself is one of the most formal ways to say goodbye, whereas informally it is very commonly shortened to just bye. Take care – This one can be used informally among friends too, but is often heard between strangers.

How do you end a conversation in German? ›

Combining options to make German goodbye phrases
  1. Tschüss, bis bald! (Goodbye, see you soon!)
  2. Tschau, wir sprechen uns später! (Bye, we'll talk later!)
  3. Auf Wiedersehen. Tschüss! (Until we see each other again. Goodbye!)
  4. Bis dann. Wir sprechen uns! (Until then. We'll speak again!)
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What does BIS Spater? ›

SYL [abbr.] Bis später. interjection. See you later. interj.

Is Wie Heisst du formal? ›

One of the first thing you learn in your German lessons is that the English 'you' can be the formal 'Sie' (for singular and plural) and the informal 'du' (or 'ihr' for plural). You've learned to ask 'Wie heißen Sie? ' if you need to ask somebody's name formally or 'Wie heißt du? ' if you ask informally.

What is slang for goodbye? ›

(informal): catch you later, bye, bye-bye, see ya, see you, so long, mind how you go, ta ta, tatty bye, toodeloo, toodles, TTFN, ttyl. (slang): buh-bye, hasta la vista, later, laters, keep it real, peace, peace out, take it easy; cya. adios, arrivederci, au revoir, do svidanya/do svidaniya, sayonara.

How do the Irish say goodbye? ›

To say Goodbye in Irish you would say “Slán leat” – literally meaning “goodbye (health) to you”. You can be less formal and just say “Slán”, bye. Or as we say in our own video … “Slán go fóill” – Bye for now.

How does the British say goodbye? ›

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What is the difference between Auf Wiedersehen und auf Wiederhören? ›

Auf wiedersehen is a "goodbye" for a face to face meeting that means "See you again." Auf wiederhören is a "goodbye" for a "virtual" meeting (e.g a telephone conversation) that means "hear you again."

How do you pronounce Tschus? ›

How to pronounce 'Tschüss(choos) ' (Bye) in German? - YouTube

What Servus means? ›

Servus is a general, friendly way of greeting someone – so it can be used for saying hello as well as for saying good-bye. The roots of this greeting date far back; it comes from the Latin word servus, which means “slave” or “servant.”

What does Al Vita Zane mean? ›

ago. Additional comment actions. I like “al vita Zein” in German which means “until we meet again”.

What is the difference between Auf Wiedersehen and Tschuss? ›

German Word of the Day: The final German Word of the Day is auf Wiedersehen which means goodbye, but more literally, until we see each other again. Tschüss means bye.

What does Aveda Zane mean in German? ›

interjection. goodbye [interjection, noun] an expression used when leaving someone. Goodbye – it was good of you to visit us. They said their goodbyes and left.

What auf means? ›

Means: on, on top of. Examples: Die Backerei ist auf der Hauptstraße. (The bakery is on the main street.) Die Frau ist auf der Bank.

What does Bis bald mean in English? ›

"Bis bald!" in English

See you soon!

What does Aveda say mean? ›

interj. German. until we meet again; good-bye for the present.

How do you say goodbye in Bavaria? ›

Auf Wiedersehen!

This is the most common and most understood formal way of saying goodbye in German.

How is Auf Wiedersehen pronounced? ›

How To Say Auf Wiedersehen - YouTube

What is a typical greeting in German? ›

"Guten Tag" (Good day) or “Hallo” (Hello) are the most common verbal greetings used in Germany. In the South, some people may say “Grüß Gott” (literally translating as 'Greet God'). In formal situations, one should address another person with their title and last name, “Herr” (Mr.) for men and “Frau” (Mrs.)

What is Guten Nacht? ›

good night, ‐ a conventional expression of farewell.

How do you respond to Guten Morgen? ›

Very often people just reply with the same thing that has been said to them. Guten Morgen, Franz! – Guten Morgen, Helmut! Good morning, Franz!

Is Bis Dann formal? ›

It's about the same as Guten Tag (literally 'good day', but it's more like the equivalent of “hi”). Again, a less formal version is possible, which is just Tag. If you want to say “see you later” instead of “goodbye”, you can say Bis dann or Bis später.

Is Guten Tag formal? ›

2. Guten Tag – “Good day” Guten Tag is the German “hello” that's best-known to English speakers. It's slightly formal, but only slightly.

How do you say goodbye in Hamburg? ›

Goodbye in German: 13 Ways to Say Bye in German
  1. #1 Tschüss - “Goodbye” in German. ...
  2. #2 Ciao - “Bye” in German. ...
  3. #3 Auf Wiedersehen - “See you again” in German. ...
  4. #4 Bis bald - “See you soon” in German. ...
  5. #5 Gute Nacht - “Good night” in German. ...
  6. #6 Bis später - “See you later” in German. ...
  7. #7 Bis dann - “See you later” in German.
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Is Guten Abend formal or informal? ›

formell: Formal language is used in formal situations.
...
Formal forms of address.
Guten Morgen!Greeting in the morning until approximately 11 o'clock.
Guten Tag!Greeting during the day, approximately between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Guten Abend!Greeting in the evening from approximately 6 p.m. onwards.

What is Auf Wiedersehen? ›

Definition of auf Wiedersehen

used to express farewell.

Do Germans say Tschuss? ›

The Standard Farewells in German

In German, the two most common ways to say goodbye are "Tschüss" and "Auf Wiedersehen." Although some people use those words randomly, they have different meanings, which we will now have a closer look at. Both farewells you can use both in a casual and in a formal way.

How do you pronounce Auf Wiedersehen? ›

How To Say Auf Wiedersehen - YouTube

Is auf Wiederhören formal? ›

Similar to “auf Wiedersehen”, auf Wiederhören is a formal expression. You only use this form of goodbye in German when speaking to someone on the phone and hanging up. What is this? “Hören” means “hear”, so the expression can be translated to “I'll hear you again”.

What does Al Vita Zane mean? ›

ago. Additional comment actions. I like “al vita Zein” in German which means “until we meet again”.

What does Gesundheit mean? ›

Gesundheit was borrowed from German, where it literally means "health"; it was formed by a combination of gesund ("healthy") and -heit ("-hood"). Wishing a person good health when they sneezed was traditionally believed to forestall the illness that a sneeze often portends.

What does Al Vita Zane? ›

auf Wiedersehen. / German (auf ˈviːdərzeːən) / sentence substitute. goodbye, until we see each other again.

Why do Germans say Choos? ›

The farewell auf Wiedersehen is often considered more appropriate to use towards strangers and generally in formal situations in Southern Germany. In northern and central Germany, tschüss is a standard goodbye in all but official situations, with the north preferring the older form tschüß.

What does BIS Spater? ›

SYL [abbr.] Bis später. interjection. See you later. interj.

What is the difference between Auf Wiedersehen und auf Wiederhören? ›

Auf wiedersehen is a "goodbye" for a face to face meeting that means "See you again." Auf wiederhören is a "goodbye" for a "virtual" meeting (e.g a telephone conversation) that means "hear you again."

How do I pronounce bitte? ›

How to Pronounce Bitte How to Say 'Please' in German - YouTube

How do you pronounce au revoir? ›

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How do you say goodbye in Austrian? ›

The formal version of goodbye is Auf Wiedersehen or Auf Wiederschauen. Among friends and family it's common to use Tschüss and Pfiat di.

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