こんにちにゃあ！Welcome to Kiki and Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! It looks like you’ve turned that record over and you’ve reached the B-side of this greetings album! In the previous lesson, we gave you some essential ways to greet humans in Japanese. This lesson focuses on the words we don’t always want to say, and that’s: goodbye– No, no, we’re not going anywhere! We’re just teaching you a few ways to say goodbye and when they’d be most appropriate to use. Let’s wave bye-bye! Let’s NihonGO!!
Oh, but what would learning vocabulary be without knowing how to pronounce it? We’ll need to enlist the help of our lovely computer friend, QUIZBO™先生！(The ™ is silent) This is a portable version, QUIZBO™ Mini, who lives here on the site. Click on the sound players to ask him to read something for you. Feel free to repeat aloud! Or, if you’re on the train or bus, maybe wait till you’re somewhere more conducive to talking with a virtual robot.
You’ll be able to hear an organic voice in another resource, but for now, he’ll definitely help you learn whilst at least hearing the words and learning to pronounce them. I think he’s at least non-GMO and gluten free…
We think farewell is a much more fitting translation. Every textbook will tell you this is how you say goodbye, but that’s a bit misleading. さようなら, sayounara, has a connotation like: I must go now. My planet needs me. [floats away forever] This isn’t something you say at the end of a school or work day, you would say this if you’re not sure you’ll ever see each other again. This is sad. さようなら、 フェリシア.
Bye! / See ya later!
This is more like it! End of the school day, end of a nice day with friends, you’re parting ways for the day or even part of the day, you can say じゃまたね!, jya mata ne!, or じゃあまたね!, jyaa mata ne! or またね!, mata ne! This can be heard echoing throughout the crowd at the end of a school day. It’s informal, of course. It’s familiar, but it’s a widely used phrase.
See you tomorrow! ・ next week!・next month!
So, in this case, and the previous case, these aren’t literal translations– any verbs are omitted and these stand as commonplace to be said alone. This entry includes a lot of different vocabulary words that you don’t necessarily need to memorise right now, but here it is: You can add the interval of time after また, mata, which in this case means, again. じゃ, jya, or じゃあ, jyaa, is just a conjunction meaning well then, so you might see this traded out for では, dewa, again –remember in these certain cases where it’s a particle..which you’ll learn about: は=(╭ರᴥ•́) and わ=（ಠ＿ಠ） But, here are a few useful time frames you can add on:
明日, ashita, Tomorrow
来週, raishuu, Next Week
来月, raigetsu, Next Month
来年, rainen, Next Year
Take care! / Be Careful!
If your grandparents don’t say this when you leave their house, are they really even your grandparents? … Yeah, they probably still are, but this classic phrase transcends generations. 気をつけてね, ki wo tsukete ne, is a familiar way of telling someone to take care or be careful when you part ways at any time of day.
Lastly, we have another parting phrase. It’s late at night, you’re headed off to bed at home or at a friend’s, you’re probably going to hit them with the good ole お休みなさい, oyasumi nasai. This is the more formal version which is great for any occassion. If you’re really close, you can probably say: お休み, oyasumi, for short. Or even more familiar and slang-worthy, 休み, yasumi. But, remember! This good night is a goodbye, not a hello. If you’re meeting someone at night, you just stick to こんばんは, konbanwa.
And with that, we bid you Good Night! It’s the middle of the day? Well, then more time for you to study these and prove your Japanese knowledge in another post with QUIZBO™
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