DO NOT SAY ‘GOODBYE!’ – We DON’T say this anymore! Say instead:


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back to English With Lucy. Today we’re going to be
discussing the word goodbye and why you need to stop using it. Believe it or not, we
hardly ever say goodbye. It’s something that just
doesn’t roll off the tongue and it sounds quite formal. You might see it written
down or hear it in films, but on a general day to day
basis, you won’t hear goodbye. In this video, I am going to give you loads
of alternatives to goodbye. I’m going to give you
casual and slang ones that you can use with friends and family, and I’m also going to
give you more formal ones, more old-fashioned ones, and ones that you can use
in business situations. I will also try to differentiate between American and
British English as I know some of you find that really
interesting and helpful. So this video is perfect for
improving your vocabulary, but if you want to improve your listening and pronunciation even further, I highly recommend the special method of combining reading actual books with listening to audio books. Let me explain this method. Take a book that you have
already read in English or a book that you would
like to read in English. I’ve got loads of recommendations in the description box down below, and read that book whilst listening to the audiobook version. It sounds excessive, but it works. Reading alone will not help you with your pronunciation in English because most frequently,
how a word is written does not correspond with
how a word is pronounced. Look at they’re, there
and their, for example, they are all spelled differently, but all pronounced in the same way. Reading a book alone
will not show you that. However, if you then
introduce an audio book, you will start to learn these differences and you will start to learn
the pronunciation of words. If you listen to a word, as you read it, your brain will start
to make the connections and next time you see that word, you’ll know how to pronounce it, and next time you hear that word, you will know how to spell it. It is such an effective method and the best part is that you
can get one free audiobook, that’s a 30-day free trial on Audible if you click on the link in the
description box and sign up, then you can download one of
my audio book recommendations. Give it a try, it works. Right, let’s get started with the lesson. I’m going to begin with
casual ways of saying goodbye. The first one I think most
of you will know it is bye. Bye on its own is really frequently used. It’s just so easy to say and it’s a word you can say with a smile. Bye, bye. Number two, and it’s an extension of that is bye-bye or buh-bye. Now we use this in a different situation to just bye on its own. And it’s important that you know this, bye-bye is a little more cute and little more childish and infantile. It’s something you’d likely
say to a child, bye-bye. However we do use it sometimes if we’re trying to be
very cute or friendly, bye-bye, see you. That brings me onto my next
one, which is see you later. See you later, we often say
see ya instead of see you. See you later. This is one that we say
if we already have plans to see someone again in that same day. If we don’t have plans,
we can say number four which is, see you soon. If you want to be really
casual, you can use number five which is just see ya and
that is very, very informal. Now, number six is a
little bit more advanced. You will look really good if you use this around a native speaker. This one is, I’m heading off! This is a good way to
start to leave an event that you do want to be at anymore. To head off is a phrasal verb
meaning to begin to leave, to head off. Saying, oh, I’m heading
off, I’ll see you soon, is a great way to start
the goodbye process which we all know can be a little lengthy. A shortened down version of that, number seven, is just I’m
off, right? I’m off, see you. That’s very casual again. Another one that we can
use which is very British, is I’m going to make a move
or I’ve got to make a move. To make a move is to leave. I need to make a move. In America, they’re more likely to say, I’m going to make tracks
or I’ve got to make tracks and that means to drive away. You’re making tracks with your car. All of these phrases are
normally preceded with, right. You say right, as you’re
getting up, right, I’m off. Right, I’m going to make tracks. Another one, again, very British is, oh, I’ve got to get
going, I’ve got to get going. Practise that one on your
own a couple of times because I’ve got to get
going, I’ve got to get going is quite a tongue twister, twister. Oh! I can’t believe
the word tongue twister was a tongue twister for
me, that is hilarious. (laughing) Okay, number 11 is I must be going. Oh, what’s the time? I must
be going, I must be off. A very American one is
I’ve gotta take off, I’ve got to take off. In British English, take
off is really for clothes, to take off your clothes and
to take off as an aeroplane, an aeroplane takes off. But in America that
means to leave as well. 14, very, very casual is have a good one and that means have a good day, but it’s very warm and
friendly, have a good one. And the last one, number
15 is talk to you later, talk to you later. It’s a bit of an extension
of, see you later. Talk to you later implies
that you might send a text or make a phone call to
them later that day, right. Let’s talk about formal
professional and old-fashioned ways of saying goodbye in English. The first one is very American and it’s used in business
or service situations. It’s, have a great day,
you have a great day. And I was so surprised
when I went to the USA because everyone wanted
me to have a great day. And on the first couple of times I’m just like, oh that’s nice. And then just when I realised
that everyone said it, I realised that no one really
wanted me to have a great day. The British version of this
would be, have a lovely day and that is slightly more sincere. We don’t use it as often
so it sort of means more. An alternative to this is
take care, or you take care, or you take care now, and
that’s quite warm and friendly. If you want to say goodbye to somebody that’s going on a journey
or is driving away, you can say have a safe journey or have a good journey, that’s British, and in American English,
they’re quite likely to say, drive safe or you drive safe now. Number five, more formal,
it was nice to see you or it was nice seeing you. Either or, nice to see or nice seeing. If you’ve just met the
person for the first time, it was nice to meet you,
it was lovely meeting you. Nice and lovelier,
interchangeable of course. The next one, very, very posh. This is very old-fashioned is farewell. You might see this one in books
and movies set in the past. We don’t tend to use it now, but I think it’s important
for you to understand it. Another old-fashioned one is, tara. Now this is slang but
it’s very old-fashioned, so I put it in this list. Older people might say tara to you which means goodbye, obviously, ’cause it’s in this video. And another one is tata or tata for now. And again, very old-fashioned
and a little bit posher. The last one, if you want somebody to
keep in contact with you, you can say stay in touch, and that’s a nice way of
ending a conversation. That’s the end of this
lesson, I hope you enjoyed it and I hope you learned
something, I really hope you did because I gave you a
lot of vocabulary there. Don’t forget to download
your free audiobook. The link is in the description
box along with my audiobook and book recommendations. And don’t forget to connect with me on all of my social media. I’ve got my Facebook,
I’ve got my Instagram, and I’ve got my Twitter. And I shall see you
soon for another lesson. Audiobook that you have
already read in any– I have not thought of crazy
frog in like five years. Just, wow. A long time ago, wasn’t it? Right, let’s get started with the lesson. I’m going to begin with casual phrases. (laughing) So casual, I can’t even say the R. (upbeat music)

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