https://www.duolingo.com/MichaelErnold

Does "au revoir" mean any religious like how in English goodbye was "god be with you"?

January 14, 2018

21 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/TommyTrude1

No, god in french is Dieu and as you can see, it isn't part of the word "au revoir". Revoir means "see again" so the closest translation I can give to Au Revoir is "until I see you again"

January 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Woof.

Though "Adieu" means goodbye too.

January 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MichaelErnold

thanks, im an amature at french

January 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/TommyTrude1

Gotta start somewhere, keep it up ;)

January 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward

What a great question! I know that "adios" in Spanish is "a dios" (to/toward God). I'm looking forward to seeing what answers you get :)

January 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LeeBrownst1

"Adios," "adieu" and their cognates are short for "I commend your soul to God." Since the speaker won't be around to be of help to the listener, the speaker wishes the listener to be in God's hands for protection.

January 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MichaelErnold

thanks! I also asked my sister who knows spanish and she said the same thing, that "a dios" is referencing god

January 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/robin.fli

Literally au revoir translates "to see again." À dieu or adieu translates "to god" and it is used as another formal goodbye.

January 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/TommyTrude1

But to specify here, Adieu is not as casual as Adios in spanish, Adieu has more of a final goodbye meaning. So you'll say Adieu when you most likely won't ever see the person again.

January 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/EliasPitts

yes, I know, but it comes from 'to God' (see comment next to me of robin.fli)

January 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/EliasPitts

Never thought about these things. Adieu, Adios... yes it makes sense!

January 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Prenom.Pierre

Chez nous, on utilise aussi le mot "adieu" pour dire bonjour et au revoir. http://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires/francais/adieu/1077

January 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ripcurlgirl

I thought "adieu" was more of a final farewell, when you will no longer see the person (which is why it is often said at funerals).

If it is more casual good bye I'd like to know because it is a great word!

January 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Isabellily2018

Hahahahahaha! It kinda sounds like that, good thinking!

January 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AunaBlessi

Well, it takes a certain amount of faith to be able to expect that you will see someone again. So I say yes!

January 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Jasmine239416

Personally, I don't think so. Maybe it means farewell or see you later?

January 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ben242775

no it means good bye

January 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ben242775

au devoir means good bye:)

January 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ben242775

au revoir sorry auto correct

January 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MChFwZEQ

interesting question I never knew that goodbey ment that. Thanks for making me know just a bit more today!!! in a good way....

January 17, 2018
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