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Goodbye in Korean: 16 Ways to Say Bye in Korean

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aug 17、2020

Want to know how to say goodbye in Korean? You ' re in the right place! Here ' s what you ' ll learn in this post:

  • Formal ways to say goodbye in Korean
  • Informal expressions say bye in Korean to your friends
  • Insider culture tips about how to say farewell in Korean

So, get ready to learn how to confidently end your Korean conversations and say goodbye in Korean so you can make a great impression with native speakers.

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How to say bye in Korean

#1再见 (annyeonghi gaseyo) - " Goodbye " in Korean when someone is leaving

For most goodbyes in Korean, there are two forms--one for when you’re the person leaving and another for when the other person is leaving. 再见 is one of the most common ways to say goodbye and it’s used when you’re staying, but the other person is leaving.

Before we go any further, let ' s break this phrase down!

你好means " peace " in Korean. and by attaching希, we turn it into an adverb, an adverb is a word that describes a verb. So, good means " peacefully " and means " please go ". Together, you’re literally saying 再见 “please go peacefully”. 

This phrase is polite and works in most situations. There’s another similar phrase you’ll use when you’re the one leaving, so let’s get to it...

#2再见 (annyeonghi gyeseyo) - " Bye " in Korean when you ' re leaving

When you’re leaving and saying goodbye to someone who is staying, you’d use this phrase to mean something along the lines of “stay peacefully” or literally, " please peacefully exist ". 

You already learned再见,so let ' s look at再见. 你在哪里?isseuseyo, which comes from the verb。itda", " to exist).

As you ' ve likely figured out by now,请慢走gaseyo请留步。gyeseyo) sound really similar, so new Korean learners often mix them up. But with time and practice, you’ll get the hang of these two useful phrases for saying Goodbye in Korean.

#3再见 (annyeonghi gasipsio) or再见 (annyeonghi gyesipsio) - formal " Goodbye " in Korean

There’s another form of each of the first two Korean phrases for goodbye you learned, and they ' re much more formal. So much more so that you’ll probably only hear them on tv, the radio or as you’re leaving a shop or restaurant and the staff is bidding you farewell. 

再见。annyeonghi gasipsio) is the formal equivalent of 再见 and you’ll hear it when someone is wishing you to “go well” whereas 안녕히 계십시오 (annyeonghi gyesipsiois used when someone means to say " stay well ".

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# 4吧 (gaseyo) - " go " in korean

A fourth polite way to say “goodbye” in Korean is the polite form of “go” in Korean, 가세요. It ' s like saying please go. (The regular form of go is歌谣.) 

This particular expression is used by older speakers, typically when they’re saying goodbye to younger people.

# 5走好 (jal gayo) Go well in Korean

Another expression to tell someone to “go” or “go well” in Korean is 잘 가요. You can only use it when the other person is leaving. 

 잘 means “well” in Korean, and as you learned before, 가요 means “go”.

There’s also an informal version of this expression, it’s 잘 가 (jal ga), which you can use with friends and family.  

#6 jal isseoyo -“Stay well”in Korean 

As with many of these expressions used to say “goodbye” in Korean, there are two versions--one for when you’re leaving and one for when you’re staying and the other person is leaving. And that ' s where good bye comes in. 

It ' s the partner to再见. You use 잘 있어요 when you’re leaving and letting the other person know you wish them well.  是casual form ofitda).

This Korean phrase for goodbye also has an informal version. it ' s好吗. And hopefully, you ' re picking up on a pattern! Often, all you need to do to make an expression informal is drop the 요.

How to say goodbye in Korean

#7 안녕 (annyeong) - Informal " Bye " in Korean

Let’s go back to the first two ways you learned to say “goodbye” in Korean. Remember the word for “peace” it’s 안녕 and you can use it as an informal or casual way to say “bye” in Korean. You can also use it to say “hello”, so it’s a handy word to know! plus, it ' s versatile. You can use it whether you’re the one staying or leaving. 

#8下次见 (daeume bwa) -“See you next time”in Korean

Let’s learn a different kind of farewell in Korean--I’m sure you want to learn how to say more than just “goodbye”! To say " see you next time ", you can use下次见. 

Can you guess how to make it formal? that ' s right! You add so it becomes下次见.  

#9晚点见(稍后见)nachunge bwayo) -“See you later”in Korean

This is another way to say “see you next time” or “see you later”. You can remove the yoto make it more casual.

#10 뿅 (bbyong) - " bye " in korean

This slang expression for saying bye is onomatopoeic. It’s the sound of someone or something vanishing or disappearing. It’s typically used in text speech and meant to be cute. 

#11祝你健康 (geongang haseyo) - " Take care " in Korean

If you’d like to tell someone to “take care” in Korean as you part ways, you can use this expression. 

明天见 (naeil bwayo) -“See you tomorrow”in Korean

Want to tell someone that you ' ll see them tomorrow? Use this phrase to say it. 

And remember, you can remove the 요 to make this expression casual. But if you’d like to make it even more polite, you can change it to 내일 보세요 (boseyo).

#13过得好吗 (jal jinaeseyo) - " Take care " in Korean

Here’s another way to tell someone to “take care” in Korean. 

#14我先走了 (na meonjeo galge) - " I ' ll go first " in Korean

A common expression for saying goodbye in Korean is “I’ll go first”. If you ' re leaving, you can use this expression. 

It’s usually used with friends and you’ll hear it often in K-dramas. To be more polite, you can also use我先走了(na meonjeo gayo我先走了。jeo meonjeo kabulgeyo). 

#15慢走jal deureoga) - " Enter well " in Korean

This expression means “enter well” in Korean and you use it to wish someone a good or safe journey back home, back to work, or back to most anywhere. The polite form of this expression is请慢走jal deureogaseyo).

#16路上小心-“Get Home Safe”in Korean

Want to tell someone to " get home safe " in Korean? Use the phrase 조심히 가세요 or its informal counterpart 조심히 가. 조심히 means “carefully”, so this expression literally means “carefully go”.

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