Here are a couple of alternatives to saying goodbye in German. There are probably 100 ways but I want to give you my most helpful ones. I also have a podcast episode on the topic.
Or much more colloquial: Tschüss.
You can also say:
Tschüss, bis nächste Woche. (bye, see you next week)
Or: Tschüss, bis morgen. (bye, until tomorrow)
#2 Bis später
You say this if you see the person later today. It literally means: until later.
ciao, tschau (“goodbye“, in Switzerland also “hello”)
#4 Auf Wiedersehen
This one means “to see you again”. The word “wieder” implies again.
#5 Bis nachher
We use this to say goodbye until later today. “nachher” means in a couple of hours.
Listen to this blog post instead via my podcast to learn German.
How to say goodbye after a meeting in German
In modern times many meetings take place online via phone or zoom call. So how do you say goodbye here?
#6 Vielen Dank für das angenehme Gespräch.
English translation: Thank you for the pleasant conversation.
#7 Vielen Dank für das nette Telefonat.
Thank you for the pleasant call.
#8 Vielen Dank für den heutigen Unterricht.
If you are a student learning German you could say after the lesson this one. English translation: Thank you for today’s lesson.
To wish someone a nice weekend in German
#9 Ich wünsche Ihnen ein schönes Wochenende.
The Ihnen here refers to the formal you. If you want to be more informal you could use the same with dir.
Informal: Ich wünsche dir ein schönes Wochenende.
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