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The French expression "À bientôt" explained

Ready to find out all the things you ever wanted to know about the basic phrase "À bientôt"? This include a full explanation of what it is and how you can use it in a conversation with an audio example. But that's not all, we also added some useful informations like dialogue example, synonym, slow pronunciation audio and more!

French to English

  • Translation : See you soon

  • Register : Neutral - Basic




  • IPA : / a bjɛ̃to /

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What does à bientôt mean?


bientôt" is the French way to say "See you soon".

It's useful when you don't know exactly when you will see the person again. If it's not the case, other expressions are more appropriate. More on that in the next section...

How to use

Every time you are leaving someone, you have to think of when will be the next time you will see this person again. The answer to this question will affect how to say goodbye.

If the next time you will see the person is not defined, you can use:

And here are the ones you can use if you know when you will see the person again:

*The time frames aren't fixed, but being too far from it might cause some misunderstandings.


↓ Example in a story with slow French audio ↓

Finally, let's see an example in a parallel story with slow audio.

Voyage à Marseille

Trip to Marseille

Joe a décidé de quitter Paris pour quelques jours.
Joe decided to leave Paris for a few days.
Il a contacté Ellen pour savoir où elle était et s'il pouvait la rejoindre dans son voyage.
He contacted Ellen to find out where she was and if he could join her on her journey.
Elle était à Marseille, et elle était heureuse que Joe la rejoigne.
She was in Marseille, and she was happy that Joe was joining her.
Elle était arrivée là-bas la veille et n'avait pas encore eu le temps de visiter.
She had arrived there the day before and didn't have time to visit yet.
C'était donc l'occasion parfaite !
So that was the perfect opportunity!


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