How to Say Bye in Korean

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Almost everything in life has a starting point and an ending point. Often when you meet someone, you start off with a greeting such as “hello” and end the meeting with “farewell.”

In the Korean language, there are different ways of saying “bye.” When responding to your friends and those close to you, you can use the informal expression. Nonetheless, when conversing with individuals who are more mature than you are, you need to say bye using formal language. Always take into account the social position of the person you are conversing with, whenever pondering the suitable form of “bye” to use. For instance, a staff member in a business, would use the expression “Annyeonghee gaseyo” 안녕히 가세요 to say farewell to the owner whenever the owner is departing. On the other hand, if you are the person leaving then you would say “Annyeonghee gyeseyo” 안녕히 계세요 to the owner. Even though there is only a slight difference between the two phrases, it is very important to keep it in mind. If you would like to politely say goodbye to a person in the community who has a higher societal status, use the expressions “Annyeonghee gaseyo” 안녕히 가세요and “Annyeonghee gyeseyo.” 안녕히 계세요. Alternatively, if you are conversing to a friend who has the same social rank as you, you do not need to utilize formal language. You can just say “Annyeong” 안녕 as you bid farewell.

Goodbyes, whether said in a formal way or in an informal way, also sometimes have accompanying actions. As mentioned before, if you are expressing farewell to someone who has a higher social position, you could say “Jal gaseyo” 잘 가세요 or “Annyeonghee gyeseyo” 안녕히 계세요 but on top of that you should also make a graceful bow as a demonstration of respect. The courteous expression and the bow should also be done whenever you are having a conversation with visitors and persons whom you are not close to. Again, when speaking with a close friend or somebody of the same social status you can just wave your hand and say “Annyeong.” 안녕. It is not necessary for you to bow towards the person since the two of you have similar social status.

Whenever you say farewell to somebody, quite often you also use a couple of expressions. The following are a few of the expressions you may well employ along with the “goodbye” when conversing with somebody close to you. To convey that you are going to miss the person, say “Bogoshipeulguhya.” 보고싶을꺼야. If you want to remind the particular person to be careful, say “Jal itsuhra.” 잘 있어라. If you still have some incomplete business with the person, then you can say “call me afterwards” which translates as “Najoonge yhunlakhe.” 나중에 연락해.

Now, let us look at a few phrases that are used when talking with somebody who has a higher societal status such as parents, coaches and older loved ones. Keep in mind that polite expressions are to be used always. The word “Bogoshipeulguheyo” 보고싶을꺼에요 is used if you wish to say to the person that you will miss him or her. The expression “Nareul itjimaseyo” 나를 잊지마세요 is employed to say to the person not to forget you. To say “I’ll see you later” courteously, you should say “Doh Mannayo.” 또 만나요.

Pleasant conversations usually have both a great beginning and a satisfactory ending, so it is crucial to learn the suitable means of saying a friendly “greeting” and a pleasant “goodbye” also.

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