"Au revoir et bonne nuit !"

Translation:Goodbye and good night!

February 20, 2013



can "au revoir" mean till next time?

March 4, 2013

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    That's exactly what it means. "au" = at, "re" = again (just like english) , "voir" = to see. Putting it all together, you can say until next time.

    April 8, 2013


    No. It's the etymology, but not the usage in standard modern French. I will explain:

    • Adieu At my great-grandfather's time, it was common to say "adieu" with the meaning of "good bye", even if "a dieu" means "to God" and means litterally a definitive farewell. Now, "adieu" is used only for a definitive farewell, when you know you will never see the person again (but there's regionalism, in some ares, it's still used for "goodbye", but it's not standard French)

    • Au revoir Au revoir means litterally "see you again" but it's never used with this meaning, it means "good bye", I don't know the meaning it has before, but it's the actual standard French meaning (not in Québec French, and other areas.)

    April 24, 2014


    You are very helpful. TY

    September 17, 2014


    who's TY?

    March 21, 2018


    I suspect that, since the period was used instead of a comma, that the "TY" was a text shorthand for Thank You. Otherwise, it would have been "You are very helpful, TY." I am just guessing, however.

    June 16, 2018


    TY is thank you.

    November 6, 2018


    You know that many languages???

    April 20, 2017


    "à" + time usually means "until/till ..." or "see you ... "

    à demain - until tomorrow, see you tomorrow
    à bientôt - see you soon
    à la prochaine (fois) - until next time, till the next time (we meet)
    à mardi - until Tuesday, see you Tuesday
    à plus tard (slang "à plu[s]") - see you later, until later etc

    However, au revoir is a little different (hence it is not "à revoir"). It is most likely short for "au plaisir de se revoir" - until the pleasure of seeing each other again. You may also see au plaisir de vous revoir, or au plaisir for short.

    adieu jusqu'au revoir - goodbye forever until we see each other again, or arguably - until God in heaven up until the moment of having the pleasure of seeing you or each other again.... just kidding but not really

    It is probably easier to think of le revoir as the next encounter or meeting (by sight)... au revoir, see you at / until the next encounter etc... of course there is not yet an equivalent for au plaisir de se réentendre since the telephone has been introduced, but there could be in another universe.

    May 3, 2016


    i put "see you later and good night" i feel like that should work? man, lost my last heart on that one too, shucks.

    March 16, 2013


    No. "See you later" is "A bientôt" or "A plus tard". When you say "au revoir", you're not supposed to mean you will see the person again, even if the etymology of "au revoir" says the opposite.

    April 24, 2014


    Come on, my "Farewell and good night" isn't accepted? Nonsense, I say.

    July 9, 2013


    "Farewell" is rather "adieu". http://www.wordreference.com/enfr/farewell

    If there's a word for "see you soon" in French, it's better to use the French word for "see you soon", if there's a word for "farewell" in French, it's better to use this word with "farewell".

    April 24, 2014


    I was thinking we'd never really use the word "and," but actually we would if we said it like this. "Farewell and good night" is the most precise translation I've heard.

    I tried, "bye, bye, good night!" but it said I was missing the word "and" while there should only be one "bye." But have you ever heard anyone say "Bye and good night!"? We just wouldn't say it like that.

    November 5, 2013



    August 26, 2017


    SO LONG AND GOODNIGHT.... sorry, I'm an emo trashcan lol

    March 17, 2016


    I thought the same thing lol

    April 28, 2016


    I found my people

    June 1, 2016


    me too

    November 6, 2016


    Omg i was scolling through the comments to c if any1 was thinking bout that too

    April 25, 2017


    I'm guessing this is a reference to Helena by My Chemical Romance.

    October 5, 2017


    horrible pronounciation

    May 13, 2013


    Where are adjectives supposed to go? Before the noun or after it - seems like it can be either ie. bonne nuit, la robe rouge. Is there a rule which decides if it goes before the noun or after it?

    June 4, 2013


    I don't know about a rule, but my French 1 class had a mnemonic for it: BAGS, which stands for Beauty, Age, Goodness, and Size. Beau/moche, nouveau/vieux, bon/mauvais, and grand/petit are all placed before the noun. Otherwise, the adjective is generally after the noun.

    June 18, 2013


    Someone else recommended BANGS, which includes any numbers (i.e. 4 apples.) Can't remember who.

    April 1, 2014


    That's general rules, but it's even more subtle I think. The place of the adjectives can be changed sometimes to change the meaning of the sentence. (a little bit like Spanish)

    April 24, 2014


    I said it 3 times but i cant say it right!

    March 14, 2017


    According to my French lessons in high school, Au Revoir was something you said to someone who was leaving and you wouldn't see them for a long time, like a relative going away after a visit, definitely formal.

    February 28, 2014


    No, in this case, it's "adieu".

    I say every day "au revoir" to my friends and I see them again the next day.

    April 24, 2014


    What is the difference between au revoir and salut?

    April 8, 2014

    • "Salut" = informal, you say it to your friends for instance, to mean "hello" (but less formal than "hello") as a greeting then you meet them, or to say "bye" when you take leave of them.

    • "Au revoir" is formal, good bye.

    • "Adieu" is farewell.

    • "See you" is "A bientôt", "A plus tard"...

    April 24, 2014


    this is hard

    March 15, 2017


    shouldnt farewell be just as good as goodbye?

    February 21, 2016


    I know robots aren't perfect but he said it like "bonna nuit"

    January 27, 2017


    Bonne nuit is confusing word i will forgot ?

    February 17, 2017


    I always come here to see how to pronunce these words Means like Oui= in english sound like wee Is there any resource where we can see this french word sound in english alphabet Please help me how to get these french words sound correct?

    March 11, 2017


    Could I remove one "n" from "bonne nuit" to be "bone nuit"? Would it still have the same meaning or would it just a misspelled word?

    March 20, 2017


    Is it also right to say "Au revoir et bonsoir"? Thanks in advance.

    April 18, 2017


    Au revoir et bonne nuit

    April 21, 2017


    Is it just me or did "bonne nuit" sound like bottom newey? Maybe i just dont have a good French ear yet

    July 11, 2017


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    August 3, 2017


    It is most frustrating trying to listen to this poor quality reproduction of a voice.

    August 11, 2017


    bruh i don't get this

    August 24, 2017


    Why are the French words strange?

    September 5, 2017


    This is kinda hard to say

    October 8, 2017


    I think most Americans use BY instead of bye. Just as a "jumper" here is not a sweater and a costume here is something you wear on Halloween. I have learned a little British English though. And I realize I am learning from a computer and that it does a good job.

    October 14, 2017


    "By" is a different word that sounds the same. The meaning is different and it should not be used instead of "bye".

    May 5, 2018



    December 21, 2017


    George Clooney

    January 13, 2018


    bye didnt get accepted? duolingo explain

    January 14, 2018



    March 1, 2018


    I accidentally pressed the button to turn the microphone off

    March 19, 2018


    At which time did it wrote?

    March 21, 2018


    where's my comment

    March 21, 2018


    Is The et nessesery. In english you say goodbye see you soon

    July 27, 2018



    October 15, 2018
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