How to say goodbye in Spanish: Las despedidas
To say goodbye, which is called “Las despedidas”, we have also formal and informal ways to say them.
Often the greetings “buenos días”, “buenas tardes” and “buenas noches” are also used to say goodbye as they can be appropriate in several contexts such as when kids go to bed at night or when we finish a conversation on the phone.
However, the most common way of saying goodbye is “adiós” and it can be used either in formal or informal contexts although we can also say “¡hasta pronto!” or “¡adiós!, ¡hasta pronto!”. If the conversation is very formal we can also say “saludos” or “un saludo”, which is something used commonly in written Spanish when saying goodbye in a formal letter or email.
Furthermore, the word "hasta" plus a word that indicates time is often used. We can say “¡hasta pronto!” (see you soon!), “¡hasta mañana!” (see you tomorrow!), “¡hasta luego!” (see you later!), “¡hasta la semana que viene!” (see you next week!) or even “¡hasta nunca!”, which literally means “see you never!” and it’s used if we want to end a bad conversation. We can also say “¡hasta la vista!” just like The Terminator did at the end of the movie Terminator 2.
The English expression “take care!” has also an equivalent in Spanish, which is “¡Cuídate!”, but it's normally used in informal conversations.
Have a look at the blackboard and memorise all these expressions to use them in the future:
How do I pronounce Spanish to be understood?
The good thing about Spanish is that there are not many pronunciation rules, however, the existing ones can be challenging.
If you are completely new to Spanish the first step you should take is to learn Spanish sounds rather than learning the whole alphabet. At the end of the day oral communication is a handful of sounds that can be mixed into unlimited forms. Therefore, learning the alphabet only in terms of letters is ineffective if you want to achieve effective oral ability. The Spanish alphabet only differs from English with only the letter “ñ", which pronunciation is similar to the English “ny” like in “canyon” or the well known Spanish word “jalapeño”.
There is a big difference in the sounds of both languages so by knowing the sounds you will master what it is really important when speaking Spanish, which is to be understood and to understand locals when speaking. For instance, although the Spanish and English alphabet are almost exactly alike, the number of vowels hugely differ from English to Spanish, which can’t be found in the standard alphabet only in the international phonetic alphabet (IPA).
"La Vida Loca" Series: Introduction
In my first years of teaching I came across with many students around the globe who wanted to learn Spanish at a basic level in order to communicate when travelling and living in a Spanish speaking country. One day, while browsing for extra materials and tools, I found a very interesting series created by the BBC and I felt that it was a perfect supporting tool for some of my students to follow after class. The series was a bunch of short videos that followed a story-line and also included grammar explanations and further interactive activities that helped students and supported teachers work.
As part of my first steps as a teacher, I've always felt attached to the time where students used to share with me their insights after watching an episode so I got a bit upset when I discovered that the BBC had archived the page where the series could be watched and the course was not longer available. However, I knew that the lessons were extremely useful and I didn’t want the videos just to be forgotten so I decided to rescue and use them to help many of my students today.
I'm a Spanish and English philologist specialised in Spanish linguistics and in teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language (ELE) as I love sharing my language, my culture and a particular vision of the world with people from around the globe, getting to know more about the world itself through them and languages.