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Saying goodbye when you won't see someone in a long time

Just left the Netherlands and in a thank you letter I want to say goodbye to friends, but want to convey my sincerity and say it in a way that addresses that it will be a long time before I see them again. What's the best phrase for this?

From what I understand 'tot ziens' is too formal and 'vaarwel' is too dramatic. Maybe 'het ga je goed' is better?

10 months ago

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Hmm.. 'Vaarwel' is a bit too dramatic (imo). I think I would say something like 'tot de volgende keer' (until next time).

10 months ago

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I agree. 'Vaarwel' implies that you will never see them again, that you are permanently leaving, while 'tot ziens' is typically used when you are currently leaving. 'Tot de volgende keer' would indeed be a very good one.

10 months ago

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Tot ziens doesn't have to be too formal, if you add an exclamation mark or a smiley ('Tot ziens!' / 'Tot ziens :)'). Het ga je goed feels like.. also if you won't have contact with them for long time, but it does have the sincerity. Tot ooit! = till ever (yes it works, haha) Or: 'Tot ziens, en tot die tijd: het ga je goed!' (till we see each other again, and until that time: may it go well! - sort of ) Good luck with writing :)

10 months ago