The French phrase "À plus tard" explained

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This include a detailed explanation of what it is and how you can use it in a casual conversation with an audio example. Along with the cool stuff we sprinkled like synonyms, slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example and more!

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Audio pronunciation

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

À plus tard meaning

Definition

“À plus tard” is the French way to say “See you later“,  it’s often shortened as “À plus” or even “A+” for texting.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 it

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:

  • À plus tard / À plus / A+ → Later (Undefined)
  • À la prochaine → Next time (Undefined)
  • Au revoir / Salut → Goodbye / Bye

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

  • À tout de suite / À toute / Je reviens tout de suite → 1 to 30 minutes*
  • À tout à l’heure / À toute / Je reviens → 30 minutes to later today*
  • À ce soir → This evening
  • À demain → Tomorrow
  • À lundi / mardi / mercredi… → Next Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday…
  • À la semaine prochaine → Next week

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

Synonyms and similarities

Reminder: most of them are not “full synonyms“. Please check the “How to use” section above for more details.

  • À plus → See you (Informal)
  • A+ → See ya (Texting version of “À plus“)
  • À la prochaine → Until next time
  • À bientôt → See you soon
  • À tout de suite / À toute → See you in few minutes
  • À tout à l’heure / À toute → See you later (today)
  • Je reviens → I will be back
  • Je reviens tout de suite → I will be right back

Example with audio dialogue

Audio dialogue from French people

Dialogue audio

Dialogue transcription

” Allez, on y va ! “
” Come on, let’s go! “
” All right! Have a nice trip “
” Merci ! À plus tard ! “
” Thanks! See you later! “
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