"Bis bald!"

Translation:See you soon!

December 27, 2012



The top hints for the words are "Until Soon". Extremely difficult to guess the meaning.

December 27, 2012


It's funny, we have that exact way of thinking in Brazilian Portuguese, so easy for me to understand and think about it, and yet couldn't find an english match. Makes me wonder (again) about how the languages can change people's way of thinking about everything.

August 3, 2013


This is actually a theory studied in linguistics. The Sapir Whorf hypothesis

January 17, 2015


But how would you literally translate it to English? Bis bald? I don't really see what it could mean.

September 8, 2015


Until (sometime) soon (when we'll meet again).

Or simply "see you later".

September 8, 2015


Yeah, exactly....or think of how we say 'until Monday' or 'until next week' in English, so it's kinda the same thing.

December 29, 2016



September 10, 2015


Finalmente um BR akakkaka

July 31, 2018


You predicted the movie The Arrival :-)

April 11, 2019


This is why Duolingo should consider "Bis bald" or "Auf Wiedersehen" as a single word/phrase, otherwise it will be very confusing since from my own experiencie, it is easier to learn the meaning of a phrase than translating bits of it in a literal way. "Was darf es sein" is another phrase for example that if you translate literally word by word ("what is it allowed to be?") it just doesn't make sense at all and is far from being what it originally means ("what will you order?"). Take note Duolingo! :p

December 9, 2013


I believe one ought to learn both the literal meaning and the equivalent meaning. Just learning the meaning is not enough, for such a method lends itself to phrase-book-like memorization rather than learning and understanding the language. I want to speak the language, not just regurgitate scripted phrases.

April 20, 2017


Well, ignore the full sense of "Auf Wiedersehen" and take the words individually, and what do we get? :P

April 4, 2013


yeah, what we get? I don't know what we get, sorry

June 24, 2013


"On againseeing", I guess :). The point, though, is that you have to learn these phrases by heart, because you can't translate everything word by word, and that is why hints can never be perfect, but are still helpful most of the time.

August 10, 2013


If that's difficult to guess the meaning of, perhaps you would be better off with a human teacher. When you're being taught by a computer you have to make some of your own judgements, and that's a really basic one. For example, you might think to yourself: 'until later', 'until tomorrow', 'see you soon', 'see you later', etc. See the connections?

March 26, 2016


"Until soon." who in the world says that really? Why not "until later"?

October 22, 2013


in Portuguese we use the two forms: "Until soon" and "until later".

November 19, 2013


Oh and we use "until brief" too :p

Fake English - True Portuguese:

  • Until soon - Até logo.
  • Until later - Até mais tarde
  • Until after - Até depois
  • Until brief - Até breve.
  • Until more - Até mais
  • Until there - Até lá
  • Until then - Até então (can mean until now in real English)
  • Until next - Até a próxima
  • Until now - Até já (means until very soon)

They all mean the same, or almost the same.

January 14, 2014


People say things differently in different languages. Shocking but true.

June 4, 2014


Well, my first crack at it (without using hints) translated to "You are bald!". Miss the target by a mile or three, by the thousands that is. Learn by mistake. Bis bald! Tschüss!

May 15, 2013


"You are bald!"? It's okay, I made a few mistakes like that, but possibly more embarrassing if anyone had seen them. . .

January 30, 2015


Closest to "See you soon, or later."

December 29, 2012


for see you later, we'd say: bis später

April 14, 2013


I think that this is just one of those phrases that will make more sense once I am fluent in German.

January 19, 2013


Is this common to say in Germany?

January 22, 2013


yes - ... I am using it to avoid to say only "Tschüss" or even the formal "Auf Wiedersehen"

this is often used - at the end of a small talk - when you meet a friend in a shop or on the street ... talking a little bit and in the end you want to go ... but don't want to stop the talking unfriendly or too formal

you want to give the perspective to talk later more

  • bis bald!
  • bis später!
  • bis nachher!
  • ja - okay - bis dann!
  • bis zum nächstenmal!

note that the exclamation mark in the end is only to stress that you see each other later

it is not a command to do something like "renne!" "laufe!" "sprich - bitte!"

January 22, 2013


It may depend on what area of Germany you're in. I lived near Heidelberg for 6 years and never heard this. Only bis spaeter.

June 3, 2013


how to pronounce "bald" .. is it T or D ?

February 7, 2015


I think T

July 11, 2015


it is not exactly either,we don't quite have it in english, but it's closer to T

November 8, 2016


is the l in bald silent or is it pronounced??

February 19, 2016


It is most definitely pronounced. Source: living in Berlin.

June 3, 2016


I have the same question. Opened the thread to see if this has been answered. Instead i founds lots of Portuguese words and some interesting perspectives on human languages generally

Still i didnt know whether the l is silent or it is only me (not) hearing things

May 28, 2016



November 8, 2016


What's a meaning of bis?i

October 23, 2015



January 28, 2016


This is the first thing that comes up and I had not been introduced to this word beforehand and I need to translate the meaning. How am I supoosed to know.. I need to fail in order to know the meaning..

November 4, 2015


guessing the words without knowing their meaning may be helpful to the learning process. It is known as the testing effect. "the testing effect describes the enhanced memory that results from repeated retrieval (as in self-testing) rather than from simple rereading of new information." (David G. Meyers Exploring Psychology Ninth Edition pg. 31) especially since it is a phrase that you will review during your learning of German. Duolingo also has flashcards if you need to review certain words, good luck!

February 15, 2016


does this also mean "see you" ?

February 29, 2016


That's exactly what it means.

April 14, 2016


Accidently hit see see soon , I am so stupid;)

March 7, 2016


For me, it doesnt make sence, that when you want to see the translation of the word, it shows the translation of the whole sentence.

July 7, 2016


Esperanto actually helps me in learning other languages, not only Romance, but German too. Ĝis baldaŭ = bis bald. Dankon, Esperanto!

April 1, 2017


Ooh wow! I had to google it ..and i found that esperanto is an international language, i had no clue! Apparently its 0% esperanto in arab world

The word itself feels weird in a silly way for a language name

May 24, 2017


Its cool how you learn much from the comments, I mean, I understand it from the exercise but once I read the comments the whole frame of the word/sentence build up more clearly in my mind


May 24, 2017


Pleeeeease someone answer me: is "al" in "bald" pronounced as "ay" like in "bite"? I can't hear it as a "l" sounding consonant like for example in "all"!!!

March 4, 2017


L sounds as a consonant. BAL sounds like BALcony.

March 6, 2017


So seams Duo and Google Translate have kinda weird pronunciations at least to my hears and sounding like "bite". I can just hear it like a real l sound while using Forvo. Or maybe my ears are malfunctioning idk. By the way thanks for your help.

March 6, 2017


What is the difference between sie ihr du

March 5, 2015


Edited Repost: -- "du" is the informal, singular 2nd person, as in the English "you"

-- "ihr" is the informal, PLURAL 2nd person, as in the Texan "y'all"

-- "Sie" (capital 'S') is the formal singular 2nd person, used in formal contexts, to strangers, co-workers, professors, etc.

-- "sie" is the PLURAL 3rd person, as in the English "they" (as compared to singular 3rd person, "er"/"sie"/"es") -- yes, it can be ambiguous.

March 5, 2015


Is there any difference between: Bis bald / Auf Wiedersehen / Tschüss ?

April 10, 2016


bis bald: bye for now/see you soon, tschüss: bye Auf Wiedersehen:Goodbye.

they are all forms of bye, but do mean different things.

October 2, 2016


I'm on Memrise as well and they use "bis später" for "see you later". Can anyone explain the difference for me? Is one more polite than the other or used differently? Thanks :)

July 5, 2018


This answer gave me ligma

July 27, 2018


can someone please spell this sentence phonetically for me as the audio keeps changing the sound

October 20, 2018


What's the difference between Tshuss and widersehen

November 15, 2018


Difference between tshuss and widersehen?

November 15, 2018


miss bold and bis spater above translated into English by Duolingo as see you later in English see you later really just means goodbye and in german bis bald in bis spater to newest expressions 1 m e r c u much later in one minute I'll see you little bit later Duolingo makes no distinction between these then if they say auf wiedersehen they want you to say in insist upon you saying goodbye but I'll figure saying means that I will see you again which is much much closer to the English I'll see you later than anything else but if you put in I will see you later as a response and figure St Duolingo marks wrong this is not correct translation into English this program is supposed to teach me German and should understand how English works and not trying to be German ising my English

December 28, 2018


We can also say" Bis Spater" means, "see you later" or " untill later".

February 1, 2019



February 1, 2019


Funny, i answered "see you later" instead of see you soon , and it was correct....hmmm should have been wrong

February 4, 2019


Is it not the same?

May 15, 2019


from English, duolingo translated 'see you in a bit' to 'Bis bald'...now it's the opposite case, I wrote 'see you in a bit' and it was marked as wrong...oh logic !!

March 4, 2014


How do u pronounce bald

December 8, 2014


Actual pronunciation is somewhere between bald and balt. Not hard to pronounce at all.

April 11, 2016


German is so hard to write in the correct spelling form. I know Persian,English and Spanish and these have a lotttt in common with eachother but not German especially the dictation. I think even a Native German can not pronounce a new word he sees 100 precent sure!

December 11, 2015


I am having trouble remembering vocabulary. Could you give me a list of vocabulary at the end of a lesson?

January 30, 2016


what is the difference between Bis bald and Bis spater??

July 30, 2016


see you soon/see you later

November 8, 2016


später not spater.

August 31, 2016


What is bis?

October 18, 2016


Try hovering your mouse over the word. The tooltip shows you multiple definitions when you do this.

November 3, 2016


Can I use Bis Bald and Auf Wiedersehen however I want to? Like, I know the last one is like super formal, but other than that?

December 8, 2016


Curious, would it be the same as see you around in German as it is in English, or is that a different phrase altogether?

March 10, 2017


Whats the meaning of bald

June 7, 2017


Bis = till, until

Bald = Soon, easily, shortly

You can hover your mouse over any word to know its meaning if you are using Duo on Desktop, or you can tap each word to see a list of possible meanings of that word if you are using the smartphone version.

June 7, 2017


What is the difference between 'bis spater' and 'bis bald'?

November 9, 2017


Bis bald! = See you soon!

Bus später! = See you later!

November 9, 2017


'Bis denn' = 'See you', is what some german hikers told me to say. More accurate with strangers than 'See you soon'.

December 27, 2017


    bis dann = "see you then" - works if you have just discussed a time to meet, could be up to a few days away.

    bis bald = "see you soon" - works when you will meet soon.

    May 13, 2018


    How can we remember these phrases? They are not given anywhere and we are questioned about them out of the blue

    July 18, 2018


    gieve mee liengoots plies i ❤❤❤❤ on the fierst date

    May 3, 2016


    See you later - doesn't it mean the same?

    February 14, 2017


    The concept is equivalent.

    March 6, 2017


    I have no idea what this means some it had not been taught. How am i supposed to know this?

    February 20, 2017


    It is easy to understand when you speak languages like spanish or portuguese. In spanish, for example, you can say "¡Hasta pronto!" as a direct translate for "Bis bald!".

    March 6, 2017


    Can someone tell me how to pronounce "bald" ?Inspite of listening it several times I am not able to figure it out.

    March 9, 2017


    According to Collinsdictionary, it is pronounced like "balt". To find out more about IPA for German, visit here:


    March 10, 2017


    Why does bis bald mean bye and so does tschuss? A little confused.cant anyone give me a hand. Thanks

    March 16, 2017


    It's kinda hard to know which definition you are supposed to type

    March 17, 2017


    German has lots of bye(s) lol I'm so confused

    April 5, 2017


    Couldn't the "see you" be left understood? I can imagine saying "soon" to a friend , without the "see ya" tagged on...

    February 7, 2018


    Why not C ya?

    February 26, 2017


    I guess any 'd' at the end of a word will be pronounced like a 't' ?

    August 3, 2015


      Yeah, the final -d is not voiced in German (so it sounds more like the English "-t").

      May 13, 2018


      When i translate this as 'Good bye' it says im correct, but it cant decide if there should be a space or not

      February 10, 2015


      Apparently, "Bye!" is not synonymous with "Later!" -_-

      July 4, 2013


      Later, means you will see each other again in the future. Bye could mean forever!

      February 11, 2014


      Am I wrong, that in a previous "lesson" Bis Bald was translated as Tschüss. Now it was not acceptd

      February 17, 2014


      I believe that is because you need to translate the German to English, not other German. Unless, of course, you mean to say you typed "Bye" as the answer and it was not accepted.

      January 30, 2015



      February 2, 2015


      Would 'bis schnell' be correct as well?

      January 8, 2015


      No, not really

      January 28, 2016


      Can I say "Auf bald"?

      February 6, 2015


      Bis Bald! This phrase is so tempting to get translated into english Bald. Its really tricky to pick up new language when they have similar words with a language you know with altogetger different meaning. I am guessing that people cannot solely master a new language from duolingo alone, it is good for knowledge, effective way would be to communicate more often.

      March 29, 2015


      We say the same in spanish: "Hasta pronto" = "Bis bald" The literal translation in english would be "Until soon" but you don't say that. Instead you say "See you soon" = "Ich sehe dich bald" = "Te veo pronto" But spanish speakers don't say it this way, it sounds strange to us... the same as "Until soon" for english speakers... ;P

      June 19, 2013


      does this mean "see you soon"

      January 12, 2014


      Basically, yes.

      January 12, 2014


      Pronunciation is mystifying on this one.

      The spelling on the second word is B-A-L-D, and in English, the "L" is clearly pronounced.

      Listening multiple times to the example, I hear "Biss BY-edd" (B-Y-i-D), with no hint of an "L" sound.

      Can someone explain?

      October 14, 2014


      How could you make "Until soon" work in a conversation?

      November 16, 2014


      Things don't always (or even most of the time) translate literally between languages.

      April 14, 2016


      This does not make any sense to me

      December 28, 2012


      Most, if not all, languages are idiomatic. So, the words do not translate (even in that language itself) into words of the exact same meaning. That's probably the single most important reason that translation software is so difficult to develop. It is not enough to program in a dictionary (for the vocabulary) and a grammar (for the rules of assembly). Idioms break the rules of grammar and follow only custom. English has usages very similar to "bis bald". We say, "unitl then" or "unti or next" or even "see ya".

      December 28, 2012
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