How to say Goodbye in Japanese: Sayounara

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How to say Goodbye in Japanese: Sayounara

Learning Japanese for travel or study? Let’s try this term:

To say Goodbye in Japanese: Sayounara
Say it out loud: “Sah Yoh Nah Rah

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Some more helpful words in our Japanese Greetings category:

Fine, thank you – Genki Desu.  (Gen Kee Dess.)
Good Afternoon – Konnichiwa  (Con Nee Chi Wah)
Good Evening – Konbanwa  (Con Ban Wah)
Good Morning – Ohayou Gozaimasu  (Oh Hah Yoh Go Zai Mass)
Good Night – Oyasuminasai  (Oh Yah Soo Mee Nah Sai)
Goodbye – Sayounara  (Sah Yoh Nah Rah)
How are you? – Ogenki Desuka?  (Oh Gen Kee Dess Kah?)
Pleased to meet you – Hajimemashite  (Hah Jee Meh Mah Shee Teh)

And here’s how to say Goodbye in other languages!

Arabic–Wada'an  (wa da han)
Chinese–Zàijiàn  (Dzai Jyen!)
Croatian–doviđenja  (doe vuh jane yuh)
Czech–Na shledanou  (nah sklah DAH no)
Finnish–Näkemiin  (nah keh mean)
French–Au revoir  (uh reh vwah)
German–auf wiedersehn  (auf vee der zeen)
Italian–arrivederci!  (ahr ree veh dehr chee)
Japanese–Sayounara  (Sah Yoh Nah Rah)
Korean–Annyeonghi Gyeseyo.  (Ahn Nyung Hee Gye Se Yo.)
Polish–Do widzenia  (Do vee dze' nya)
Portuguese–Adeus  (ah deh-oos)
Russian–Poka  (Pah kah)
Spanish–adios  (ah dee ōhs)
Swahili–kwaheri  (kwa heh ree)
Thai–Sawat Di Khrap/Kha  (sa wat dee krahp/KAH)
Turkish–Allahaısmarladık  (all ah is mar la dik)
Vietnamese–Tạm Biệt  (Tam Bee-Et)

Learning how to say goodbye in a foreign language is an essential. Without it, all you can do is nod and smile as you back out of the storefront or get up from your dining table. Increasingly seasoned travelers will learn various permutations on goodbye, from a casual "bye" or "see you later" to a more formal "thank you, goodbye." If you don't know many words in the language of the country you are visiting, goodbye is one of those words you really wish you knew because it comes in so handy. Let SpeakSheets help you out, whether you are visiting multiple countries or just a single stop.

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Biography: Kanako Tokuno is a marketing adviser and translator living in New York City. Kanako graduated with BAs in International Relations from both Ritsumeikan University and American University in 2008 through a Dual Degree program. After experiencing sales and marketing jobs in the electronics and cosmetics industries in Japan, Kanako moved to New York City, where she is currently involved in multiple projects as a freelancer.
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