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    How do you say goodbye in french canadian

    so let’s see how to qualify “goodbye” in French. but first let’s talk about the modern pronunciation of “au revoir”.

    This article features audio recordings. click the blue text next to the headphones to hear me say that word or sentence in French.

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    Note that, where appropriate, I have used a modern pronunciation of spoken French.

    1 – au revoir – the most common way to say goodbye in French

    literally, “au revoir” means “until we meet again”. saying “au revoir” is extremely common and you can use it on any occasion.

    in spoken modern French, we pronounce “au revoir” more like [orvoir] in a single sound, slipping over the “e”.

    As with “hello in French”, it is more polite if you use “monsieur, madame or mademoiselle” with “au revoir”.

    but, as we are going to say, there are many other ways to say goodbye in French. Sometimes when a person in French uses a different word than you expected, it can make you freeze.

    as I always say, it is very important to stay connected with the context: there will always be words or expressions that you don’t know! however, when you don’t know a word, you can probably guess it: figure out what the person says from the context.

    You can choose to use only one way to say goodbye in French. so you don’t hesitate when you need to say goodbye. and that’s perfectly fine.

    but it is important that you know the different ways to say goodbye in French.

    2 – good day / good evening / good night

    Another way to say goodbye in French is to say:

    1. “bonne journée” to wish someone a good morning,
    2. or “bonne soirée” to wish someone a good night.

    careful: “bonne nuit” is what you say just before someone goes to bed, much more like “sleep well” in English. more about saying good night in French.

    It is quite common to use both “au revoir” and “bonne soirée, bonne journée or bonne nuit” to say goodbye and then add have a good day/night/sleep well…

    I usually use them together: “au revoir! Good evening!” but you can also use “bonne soirée, bonne journée” alone.

    How about you say “bonne après-midi” in French as “have a good evening”? Well, it’s not impossible, but it’s not common.

    3 – greeting

    “salut” is a very informal way of saying goodbye in French. We also use it to say hello in French, so it’s handy!

    4 – À more / À later / a +

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    Saying “À plus tard” is a very popular way of saying “bye-bye” in French today. when you say “À plus tard”, the s in “plus” is silent, so it is pronounced as [plu].

    However, there is a shorter version that is even more popular: just say “À plus”. in this case, the s in “plus” is pronounced to sound like [a plussss].

    In a French text message, it’s common to say goodbye like this: a+.

    Note that when you use “À plus (tard)” to say goodbye in French, it is not clear when you will see the person again. it could be later the same day, it could be later in time.

    5 – À tout à l’heure / À toute

    It is also very common to say “À tout à l’heure”. this time, this means that you will see the person later in the day, like “see you in a moment” in English. note the spelling: no e in “toute” as it is an invariable indefinite pronoun. however, you will hear the “t” due to the union of “tout” with the à.

    is a mistake that many French people would make when writing.

    now, just to confuse everyone, in modern spoken French, we often just say “À toute” – and in this case, custom has to write “toute” with an e because it’s pronounced [a toot]

    more information on the use and pronunciation of “tout” in my article.

    6 – the whole set

    “À tout de suite” means “see you in a minute”, so it should be used only when you see the other person again right away.

    note the slipped modern pronunciation [a toot sweet]

    7 – À bientôt

    “À bientôt” is another expression to say “see you soon” in French. This way of saying see you soon in French usually expresses more of a wish than something definitive.

    8 – to the prochaine

    “À la prochaine” means the same as “À bientôt”, but it is more fashionable. we use it a lot nowadays.

    9 – À demain, À lundi, À dans trois semaines…

    more or less saying “À” + a notion of time will mean “see you later” in French. so you’ll commonly hear: hit the audio player to hear my audio recording of these words.

    • À demain” : see you tomorrow
    • À ce soir : see you tonight
    • À lundi, à mardi… using the days of the week.
    • À dans x semaines… using a number of weeks
    • À dans x mois… using a number of months

    10 – bye

    “adieu” is almost last on my list because it is no longer used in French. literally means “see you (when we are with) god”. that means you don’t expect to see that person again anytime soon. means goodbye forever.

    Nowadays, people use it sarcastically, when they don’t expect to see someone for a long time (perhaps because they exaggerate too much the time it will take them to do what they are about to do)je vais parler à mon banquier… bye! I’m going to talk to my banker… goodbye forever! (god bless me = I hope this date is painful and lasts forever!)

    You’ll find it used in French literature (for example, adieu is a famous balzac tale), and you might hear it in very sad movie moments when people part forever, but except for that, don’t really use it anymore. in France to say goodbye.

    11 – to the revoyure

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    well… I’m going to list this here in case you hear it in a movie, but honestly, I’ve never heard of “à la revoyure”.

    is a kind of very old slang expression, something vulgar, or maybe to make fun of vulgar people?

    Anyway, like I said, it’s not used anymore, unless you’re kidding.

    12 – au plaisir 😬

    aïe – aïe – aïe… (which means outch in French). Impossible to teach French without encountering some delicate situations…

    so yes, saying “au plaisir” is a common way of saying goodbye in French.

    the full expression is “au plaisir de te/vous revoir” – for the pleasure of seeing you again, so a bit like until we meet again.

    but saying “au plaisir” would be very frowned upon in the upper social classes. I don’t want to sound like a snob, and every time I write reviews like these, some people comment that I’m wrong, that they use it all the time and their family too…

    well, what can I say? take it or leave it, but if I were a French student I would stay away from saying “au plaisir”.

    13 – tch’o !

    As the French comic book illustrator “titeuf” made famous, saying “tch’ô” is common among the younger French crowd. comes from the Italian “tchao”. stay away from him unless you’re under 20.

    for a while it was fashionable for adults to say “tcha-tchao”, a bit of a snob if you ask me…(again…my 2 cents)!

    However, it has always been fashionable in French to say goodbye in a foreign language. many French people would use “bye” or “bye-bye” to say goodbye.

    In fact, saying “goodbye” is very common in France. I guess it’s the same everywhere, don’t you think? Don’t you throw an “au revoir” from time to time with your English-speaking friends to sound fun, trendy, a little witty maybe?

    14 – goodbye in French – gestures

    so you know how to say “goodbye” in French! but what about the gestures that accompany saying “goodbye”?

    well, in france, prepare to be kissed goodbye. among friends and acquaintances, it is very common. Read my article on French kissing.

    The French also shake hands. or they can just wave bye-bye, or kiss, and then turn one last time to say goodbye.

    If you study French with my French audiobook learning method, you will learn all these different expressions in the context of a real audio story. learning in the context of a story is the best way to learn a language!

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