2011 The Last Hurrah

As I read the last of the year posts by my buddies at WordPress I marvel at all they have accomplished and their memories of 2011 which then prompted me to look at my own adventures. My year, like most, included events that were happy, sad, miraculous, mundane, motivational and the odd time downright irritating, and or downright silly. All in all I am not sad to be bidding adieu to the year as a whole.

So in as few words as possible and as many languages as possible (just to make sure you get the message 2011:

 

Goodbye – English

creole- ba bye

Farewell – English (formal)

Bye – English (casual)

totsiens / tot siens – Afrikaans (standard)

tot weersiens – Afrikaans (informal)

tot wederom – Afrikaans (informal)

wederdom – Afrikaans (informal)

koebaai – Afrikaans (informal; derived from English “Good-Bye”)

ghoebaai – Afrikaans (informal; derived from English “Good-Bye”)

baai – Afrikaans (informal; derived from English “Bye”)

arriewarie – Afrikaans (informal; folk etymology from “Au revoir“)

tatta / tata – Afrikaans (children’s language)

vaarwel – Afrikaans (formal)

elalleqa – Arabic

khodaa haafez _ persian

aabar dekha hobey – Bengali

Donadagohvi – Cherokee

Hagoonea’ – Navajo

Ahoj – Czech

Ja ne /

・カ・・・ヒ (informal) – Japanese

Ja mata ne /

・カ・・・ワ・ス・ヒ (formal) – Japanese

Sayonara /

・ウ・・・ネ・・ (if you will not see them for a long time) – Japanese

Auf Wiedersehen – German

Bis dann – German

Tschüss – German

Ade – German

Tschau – German

Bis Spater (Bis Schpaater)- German

Viszlát! – Hungarian

Arrivederci – Italian

Addio – Italian

Ciao – Italian

Buona sera – Italian

Adieu – French [add-ee-uh] (farewell) very formal

Au Revoir – French (aw reh-VWAH)

À bientôt – French (see you later)(ah bee-EN-toe)

À demain – French (see you tomorrow)(ah deh-MAN)

Hejdå – Swedish

Aloha – Hawaiian

Le’hitraot – Hebrew

Shalom – Hebrew

Aavajo – Gujarati

Punha Bhetu – Marathi

Sampai Jumpa – Indonesian

Adios – Spanish

Paalam – Filipino

Zai Jian – Chinese, Mandarin

Zoi Geen (the “g” is pronounced like geek) – Chinese, Cantonese

Farvel – Danish

Namaste (same as hello) – Hindi ( this video shows you how to pronounce namaste: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXlcpjgyrOg )

Fir Milenge (see you) – Hindi

Alvida (Goodbye, bit formal) – Hindi

Ayo – Papiamentu

Rub Rakha – Punjabi

Feri bhetaula (lit. we’ll meet again) – Nepali

Do zobaczenia (see you) – Polish

Żegnaj – Polish

Adeus – Portuguese

Tchau – Portuguese

Do svidan’ya/До Свидания (until we meet again, formal)- Russian

Poka/Пока (pronounced pa-ka, informal) – Russian

Do vstrechi/До Встречи (until we meet again) – Russian

Selamat jalan – Malay

Selamat tinggal – Malay

Tot ziens – Dutch

Dag – Dutch

Doei – Dutch

????

- Chinese

Yasou (YAH-soo) – Greek

Hwyl fawr – Welsh

Annyeonghi Kyeseyo(if the person you’re talking to isn’t leaving) – Korean

Anyeonghi Gasyeo(if the person you’re talking to is leaving) – Korean

Näkemiin (See you) – Finnish

Hyvästi (Farewell) – Finnish

Hasta La Vista (see you later) – Spanish

Adios – Spanish

Te veo despues – Spanish

Vale- Latin (to one person)

Valete- Latin (to more than one person)

La revedere – Romanian

Veloma – Malagasy

Sige la – Pangasinan

Khuda Hafiz – Urdu

zai jian – Chinese

Ha det bra – Norwegian

Ha det – Norwegian

Sees – Norwegian

Snakkes – Norwegian

Vida parayunnu – Malayalam

Vidaiperukiren – Tamil (very formal, in fact no one uses this)

Ok maams – Tamil (very informal, use with mates only)

Poitu Vaarein (Taking leave but will visit again)- Tamil (standard fare)

Vaarein (Will come again) – Tamil short for Poitu Vaarein

Slan – Irish

Aavajo – Gujarati

Чао – Macedonian

Doviđenja – Croatian (litteraly means “Until we see again”)

Bog – Croatian ( litteraly means “God”, but can be pronounced Bok! so it is differencianised from the word “God”)

Ćao – Croatian ( Primarily used in Coastal Croatia, because of it location very close to Italy, where you would say “Ciao” and the prounanciation of Ciao and Ćao are similar, if not the same)

Mattae Sigona – Kannada (Used for meet you again sometime)

Chao – Serbian/Bulgarian

Nawatha hamu wemu – Sinhalese (This means “Catch you later”)

Subha dawasak – Sinhalese (This means “Have a nice day”)

Nasvidenje – Slovene (Formal)

Adijo – Slovene (Bye)

Čav – Slovene (Also čao and is pronounced as italian ciao

 

Thanks to: http://www.wikihow.com/Say-Goodbye-in-Several-Different-Languages

23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Val
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 10:49:37

    And then there’s the child’s ‘bu-by’! ;)

    Chris, I don’t know if you’re interested in my art blog, but that’s where I’m blogging now, because I’ve deleted Absurd Old Bird blog (so it’d be helpful if you could remove the old link in your blogroll). The new blog is the one attached to my name and gravater now. :)

    Have a happy and healthier 2012.

    Reply

  2. eof737
    Jan 02, 2012 @ 18:47:37

    Ta ra to 2011! ;-)

    Reply

  3. misswhiplash
    Jan 01, 2012 @ 07:09:21

    That just about covers everything..are you sure that you did not miss one out.

    Chestita novo gordini….happy New Year in Bulgarian

    Reply

  4. susanthecoach
    Jan 01, 2012 @ 04:36:51

    Happy 2012 Chris! I do hope all these goodbyes are JUST for 2011 and not for all of us too!

    Reply

  5. Jackie Paulson (Author)
    Jan 01, 2012 @ 00:38:11

    Chris, Out with the 2011 (old) in with the (new) 2012! Chris please if you don’t keep blogging keep in touch at jackiepaulson8@gmail.com Are you going to keep blogging?

    Reply

  6. georgettesullins
    Dec 31, 2011 @ 19:45:38

    Happy New Year! So nice to have met you in 2011. Good-bye tonight and hello tomorrow.

    Reply

  7. ceciliag
    Dec 31, 2011 @ 18:01:32

    oops, ka kite ano! c

    Reply

  8. ceciliag
    Dec 31, 2011 @ 18:01:04

    You are fantastic, what a stunning idea.. (laugh) have a good one chris! c

    Reply

  9. barb19
    Dec 31, 2011 @ 17:59:13

    Happy New Year to you and yours Chris!

    Reply

  10. winsomebella
    Dec 31, 2011 @ 17:42:42

    Original and fun post! And tomorrow, hello?

    Reply

  11. Chatter Master
    Dec 31, 2011 @ 16:05:52

    CHOW MAIN 2011!!!! (Hehe….my play on the Italian’s ciao)

    Happy New Year Chris!!!!

    Reply

  12. Kathryn McCullough
    Dec 31, 2011 @ 15:55:26

    I love it! Great idea for a New Year’s post!

    Happy New Year, Chris!

    Kathy

    Reply

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