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All about the French sentence "Au revoir"

Are you ready to find out all the things you need to know about the basic phrase "Au revoir"? It includes a detailed definition of what it is and how to use it in everyday life with an audio example. As well as the cool informations we sprinkled like dialogue example, slow pronunciation audio, synonyms and more!

Translation in English

  • Translation : Goodbye

  • Register : Neutral - Basic

How to pronounce it?



  • IPA : / o ʁəvwaʁ /

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What does au revoir mean?


"Au revoir" is the most common way to say "Goodbye" in French. "Salut" is also very common but more informal.

How to use it

Use it exactly like "Goodbye" in English. It's fine in most situations. So if you just want to learn the basics for now, no need for more. But if you want to sound like a native, here is a guide about how to say goodbye in French:

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 impact what you have to say.

If the next time you will see the person is undefined, you can use:

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

*The given time frames are guidelines, but being too far from it might cause some misunderstandings.

Fun stuff

"Salut" is handy because it means "Bye" but it can also mean "Hi" depending on the context. So if you have a doubt, it can be useful! (But remember: it's informal.)


↓ Example in a story with French audio ↓

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

À la recherche du livre...

In search of the book...

Pierre est un grand fan d'une série de romans de fantasy "A Song of Ice and Fire".
Pierre is a big fan of a series of fantasy novels "A Song of Ice and Fire."
Il a lu tous les livres qui étaient disponibles et a regardé toutes les saisons de "Game of Thrones".
He read all the available books and watched every season of "Game of Thrones".
Puis un jour, il a lu que l'auteur du livre, George R. R. Martin, avait terminé son dernier livre.
Then one day, he read that the author of the book, George R. R. Martin, had finished his last book.
Alors, la semaine d'après, Pierre se dirige vers la librairie la plus proche.
So, the following week, Pierre heads for the nearest bookstore.


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