How to say goodbye in Italian

How to say goodbye in Italian

After seeing how to say hello in Italian, we can now focus on how to say goodbye.

If you remember from the previous post, when you use a greeting, you need to mark the difference between informal and formal contexts. So, similarly to what has been said before, you can’t say “arrivederci” to your best friend. It would be even more awkward than saying “ciao” to a complete stranger.

So, let’s have a look at the most common Italian greetings used to say goodbye.

CIAO → it’s used in informal contexts at any time of the day and the evening

ARRIVEDERCI → it’s used in formal contexts at any time of the day and the evening

ARRIVEDERLA → like “arrivederci”, “arrivederla” is used both during the day and the evening in formal contexts, but it’s even more formal than “arrivederci”

A PRESTO → it’s a general greeting used to imply that you are going to see someone or hope to see someone again soon

A DOMANI → it’s used to say goodbye to someone you are going to see on the following day

A DOPO → you can use it when you mean that you are going to see someone later, generally within a few hours, with or without knowing the exact time

A TRA POCO/A FRA POCO → you can use it to say you’re going to see someone in a while

ALLA PROSSIMA → when you say “alla prossima”, you are referring to the next time you are going to see your interlocutor again. You might know or not know when this is going to happen

A + DAY OF THE WEEK → when you use this greeting, you are implying that you and your interlocutor are supposed to meet on that specific day. For example, if you say “a giovedì”, you and your interlocutor have an appointment on Thursday

Now that you’ve learned which greeting should be used to say goodbye according to the context, I would like to give you an exercise similar to the previous one:

think about the people you meet during the day and try to figure out how would you say goodbye to them, according to each context.

Again, feel free to write your answer in the comments or email it to me to receive a feedback. If you need help while studying this topic, I’m here for you 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this new lesson!

A presto! 🙂

Gloria Spagnoli
Gloria Spagnoli