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Goodbye in Japanese

Do you know how to say goodbye in Japanese? After this free audio lesson for beginners you’ll be able to bid farewell with confidence.

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Pronouncing goodbye in Japanese

You have probably heard “Sayōnara” before, which is the most common form of saying “Good-bye”. You may have also heard “Shitsurei shimasu”, another formal farewell phrase which translates literally to “I’m being rude by leaving your presence”.

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失礼 します

しつれい します

Shitsurei shimasu

Goodbye (formal)

If you're bidding someone farewell at night, you could also say good night:



Good night

Casual Farewells

Outside of formal situations, you'll hear some more informal ways to say goodbye. Let’s listen to some casual farewells…

じゃあ ・ じゃあ ね

Jā / Jā ne


また ね

Mata ne

See you soon

じゃあ また

Jā matta

See you again

また 明日

また あした

Mata ashita

See you tomorrow

元気 で

げんき で

Genki de

Be well

If you want more lessons on Japanese salutations then I recommend that you check out the following:

Jā matta!

Sayaka Matsuura: Rocket Japanese

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