russian_pianist Posted February 14, 2014 Report Share Posted February 14, 2014 Hello Everyone,Привет!Well, we know how to say Hello! in Russian, don't we by now? Greetings are among the first words people learn when they decide to master a foreign language, isn't that true?However, saying Good-Bye properly is no less important than saying Hello! After all, you are most likely to be remembered by the last things you say. Saying your good-byes properly is an important step in creating your image, when speaking to foreigners, trying to make friends, or just having a good time.So, just as it is with the "Hello!" you can say it more and less formally (remember "Здравствуйте и Привет! " and the difference between the two?) you can say your good-byes in a formal way:До свидания! = can be literally translated as "See you next time!" orПрощайте! = which has a slight implication of "Good-bye, I may never see you again". Also, this word is derived from the verb "Простить, прощать" - meaning to excuse someone, to pardon. You are not begging for forgiveness, though, when saying "Прощайте!" - in plural, or "Прощай!" in singular. You are just saying your good-buy, may be not expecting to see the person for quite some time.In a less formal conversation other words come into play:Пока! = Bye!Всего хорошего! = All the best!, which at times is reduced to one word only - "Всего!"Счастливо! - close to "may the happiness be with you!"Всего наилучшего! - another variation of "All the best", could be used when finishing lettersДо скорого! - See you soon! Here is a video, where you can hear the formal and informal ways of saying "Good-Bye" in modern Russian. Enjoy!Пока!Счастливо! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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