Do you only say “Bye” or “See you later” when you leave people? In fact there are many other ways that British English speakers say “goodbye”.
Here are five common phrases that we use with family and friends in different situations. These aren’t formal phrases, and we use them instead of “goodbye”.
My tip: start using these expressions to expand your English and sound more natural!
People might say this when they say goodbye to their children – either face-to-face or on the phone. It means “behave yourself”!
This is super common. You might say it when the other person is leaving on a long journey, or if you won’t see them again for a while. (The longer version of this is “Take care of yourself”.)
Don’t confuse it with “Be careful” which is what we say when we want to warn someone that they’re doing something dangerous.
Have a safe journey! / Drive safely!
Say this when someone is going on a journey or is driving. You can also say “Have a safe flight” if someone is going on a flight or “Have a good trip” if someone is going away on holiday or on a business trip.
Have fun! / Have a good one!
These are things you can say if someone is leaving to go out for the evening. You want the other person to enjoy themselves. “Have a good one” means “Enjoy the occasion” – whether that’s a party, a concert or just a catch-up with friends.
You could say this to your partner, children and family members when they leave. We might also say it to good friends – especially on the phone.
More phrases to mean “goodbye”
Other phrases you might hear are:
“Say hi to...” or “Give my love to …” We say this when the person is going to meet someone we know and we want to pass on a greeting.
You might also hear “Good luck” if the person is going to do something difficult like an exam or interview.
Hi! I’m Clare – the founder of this site, and an English teacher.
It’s important to know the right phrases in English so that you can speak more confidently and fluently. Check out my fluency program “How To Speak Real English” where I show you essential phrases for English conversations: