There are many ways to say goodbye that don’t include the word “goodbye.”
STEP A EXPRESSIONS
I. Go over the expressions with your tutor.
1. It’s getting late is used to indirectly say that you’re ready to go home.
It’s getting late. I should probably go home.
2. I should get going is used to politely hint that you are ready to leave.
I should get going. Thanks for tonight, Tina!
3. I’m going to miss you is used to say that you’ll be thinking about someone when you’re apart. This expression is generally only said when you won’t see that person again for a while.
I’m going to miss you. Call me often, Emma!
II. How would you say goodbye in the following situations? Use the expressions above.
You’ve been hanging out at a friend’s house all day. You’re a bit bored.
You just finished eating dinner with a coworker at a restaurant near your office. It’s 10:00 p.m.
You’re at your friend’s farewell party. He’s moving to France next week.
STEP B PRONUNCIATION
going to miss you
/ gon-na mis-yoo /
I’m / gon-na mis-yoo /, Sam.
Kelsie is at Gracie’s wedding reception. She’s talking with her old friend Addison.
Oh, you’re going back to Japan tomorrow morning? That’s too soon! Can’t you stay here a little bit longer?
I wish I could, but I really can’t. I need to get back to work. My manager is expecting me to complete all the paperwork that I left on my desk by the end of this week. (laughs)
That’s too bad. I was hoping to spend more time with you. Anyway, I saw your post about this “friend” of yours last night. What was that about?
Oh, you read it?
Yeah. What happened?
(sighs) Well, it’s about one of my best friends back in Japan. I’m not sure if you already know this… I was dating this guy named Charlie, but we broke up. This friend knew the story of how he dumped me and how I still had feelings for him. Anyway, I got a message from an old coworker last night. She said that she saw my friend and Charlie on a date! Can you believe that?
What a jerk! You know what? You deserve better – a better boyfriend and a better friend.
I know… I want to talk about this with my other best friend, but she’s also close with the backstabber. (sighs) Anyway, it’s getting late. I should get going. My flight is at 8:00 in the morning, and I still need to pack my things. (hugs) I’m going to miss you!
I’ll miss you too, Kelsie. Keep in touch, okay?
Many Japanese speakers translate the phrase wasurenai de kudasai (忘れないでください) as don’t forget me, but this sounds overly dramatic in English and can make native speakers feel uncomfortable. It’s better to just say keep in touch.
STEP A EXERCISE
The underlined expressions are close but not quite correct. Correct them.
- It got late. I think we should start heading home.
- My mom just called, so I should go getting.
- I miss you, Martha! Take care!
STEP B EXERCISE
Complete the dialogues using the pictures and the expressions in the box.
Student: Have a safe trip! __________.
Tutor: I’ll be sure to email you every day!
Student: __________. I have to go.
Tutor: Oh, you’re right. I didn’t notice it was already past 9:00!
Student: __________. I don’t want to miss the bus.
Tutor: Okay! See you later!
You’re at a farewell party for your friend who is moving back to his/her hometown next week. You have to leave the party by 10 p.m. because you have to get up early tomorrow. Chat with your friend and say goodbye when it’s time for you to leave.
- It’s getting late.
- I should get going.
- I’m going to miss you.
Discuss your ideas.
KEEPING IN TOUCH
LEAVING AN EVENT
2KEEPING IN TOUCH
3LEAVING AN EVENT
I can say goodbye in various situations.
LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT
Could complete the task with ease
Could complete the task with some clarifications
Could complete the task with additional instructions
Could somehow complete the task with difficulty
the ability to use a wide variety of vocabulary
the ability to speak correctly
the ability to speak smoothly without pauses or fillers
the ability to speak logically and at length