Till the Next Time in French
Till the next time is a common expression used in French to say goodbye. It can be employed both formal and informal contexts.
When speaking French, there are a few key phrases you should know. Here are some of the most frequent ones:
A plus tard
This expression is often used when saying goodbye, particularly via texting or emailing someone. It sounds similar to “see you later” in English but has a slightly different pronunciation; the s of plus (which appears silent here) is pronounced strongly when using the equivalent informal expression, a bientot.
A la prochaine
This expression is a popular way to say goodbye in French, consisting of au revoir and demain or lundi. It’s similar to the American expression “goodbye until tomorrow” and works well when having casual conversations or ending dates with someone special.
When parting ways with someone you just met, say a kind goodbye in French. They may appreciate it if you take time out of your busy day to say goodbye!
On se voit/
The French verb on se voit is a great way to let someone know you want to see them again. It is less formal than other expressions, making it ideal for an initial conversation or sending an email to a friend.
Je t’embrasse/je vous embrasse
These phrases are popular ways to close an interaction in French, as they’re both informal and can be combined with other expressions such as plus tard or bientot. They can be used to conclude phone calls, emails or letters alike.
French speakers sometimes mistakenly confuse ado and adieu when they hear them spoken aloud. While they sound similar, their meanings are vastly different!
Adieu as a noun conveys an emotional farewell or final goodbye, often used in sad contexts like romantic tragedy movies or novels.
Faire ses adieux
This expression from France dates back centuries, yet it remains popular today. It’s an affectionate way to part ways with someone when they leave your house for the day or go off to college. Additionally, it can be a nice way to thank someone for something done for you.
You can also use faire ses adieux when saying goodbye for good, giving someone one last opportunity to speak or when saying farewell for good. It’s often used when departing the hospital or funeral home; however, you could just as easily use it to say farewell to a friend moving away to college.
This is a straightforward and effective way to say goodbye in French, though it’s easy to confuse with other phrases. Combine it with expressions such as a plus tard, an a la prochaine, or even a bientot. For added formality, add a masculine noun like monsieur or madame to make the phrase sound more formal.