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How to say goodbye in Korean

If you've already learned how to say hello in Korean, then you are ready to learn the next important phrase.

Today we're going to teach you how to say goodbye in Korean.

There are several ways to say “goodbye” and you should use different phrases depending on who you are speaking to. You will also need to use different idioms depending on whether you are the person leaving or someone else.


Standard form of “goodbye” in Korean

1. 안녕히 가세요 (annyeonghi kaseyo)

When the other person leaves, you should use 안녕히 가세요. Let's take a closer look at this:

You have certainly heard or seen the word 안녕 before.

You can use 안녕 to say “goodbye”. Literally translated it means “peace”. The ‘히’ at the end of the word is one way of converting a word into an adverb. This means. that 안녕히 means something like “peaceful”.

가세요 is the polite way of telling someone to leave. You can use this word in a taxi, for example. Example: “이태원 에 가세요” (go to Itaewon). Put together, 안녕히 가세요 means “go peacefully”.

2. 안녕히 계세요 (annyeonghi kyeseyo)

Imagine having to say “goodbye” to someone.

In this case, you are the person who is walking away and the other person is the one who is not moving. In that case you should say: 안녕히 계세요 “annyeongi kyeseyo”.

계세요 is the polite form of 있으세요 (from the verb 있다 - exist). So when you use 안녕히 계세요 you are saying “leave us peacefully”.

The difficulty that Korean language learners often have is that they mix up 가세요 and 계세요. Because both sound very similar. The only thing that helps here is practice and sooner or later you will be able to make the right choice.

3. 가세요 (ga-seyo)

Another common form of saying goodbye is 가세요. Often it is the elderly who use this phrase to say “goodbye” to younger people.

4. 잘 가요 (jal gayo)

You can say "goodbye" by using "jal gayo". This shape can only be used when the other person is walking.

Informal goodbye in Korean

1. 안녕 (annyeong)

The easiest way to say goodbye in Korean is. Note, however, that this is very informal and should therefore not be used at work or with the elderly. You can use it both when you are leaving and when the other person is leaving.

2. 잘 가 (jal ga)

If the other person leaves, you can say 잘 가.

3. 나 먼저 가 (na meonjeo ga)

If you go away you can use 나 먼저 가. This translates into "I'll go first."

This phrase is especially heard in Korean dramas and can be used with close friends.

4. 다음 에 봐 (daum-eh bwa)

This phrase means “see you next time”.

We hope you now know how to say goodbye.

Have fun learning Korean!

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