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Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Different Ways to Say 'Goodbye' | British Pronunciation

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in today's lesson we're going to be

learning the best ways to say goodbye in

modern British English and of course how

to pronounce all of these words


hi everybody it's me Elliot from ETJ

English and yes today I'm helping you

with goodbyes now YouTube I must admit I

am terrible at goodbyes I find it really

hard to say goodbye to people and you'll

know that from one of my recent video

lessons where I taught you how to end a

conversation I'd recommend you watch

that before you watch this just because

it will show you kind of how to build up

to the goodbye which we're learning

today the link will be in the

description of this video let's get to

the reason why I'm making this video

it's actually because of you my students

I've received a lot of emails Facebook

messages and of course I speak to

hundreds of students daily who joined my

pronunciation course and talk to me on

whatsapp and the one thing a lot of you

have in common is that you don't really

know how to say goodbye in a more modern


now I've had students who've said so


cheerio farewell now although these

sound very very British I mean the

British if you're living in like the

1930s but now not really ok these these

these phrases they don't really happen

that much anymore now just so you know

we're not going to get heavily into the

intonation today mainly because that

would make this video lesson way too

long and I've saved all of that for my

pronunciation course so when you join

that there's a whole chapter about

intonation as well as all of the sounds

and everything else in British English

but today we're just focusing on the

vocabulary and we're also focusing on

some of the vowels the most important

vowels and sounds in these words and

ways of saying goodbye so without

further ado let's start with the most

common one and it's probably the oldest

one as well and we still use it today

and that's simply goodbye or bye now the

main thing I want you to look at before

we start talking about this word is the

diphthong at the end I

okay so what's happening here is we're

starting with the tongue at the bottom

of the mouth are then we're lifting the

tongue up during the whole sound so as

soon as you start making that our sound

I want you to immediately lift your

tongue up just behind your top teeth and

smile slightly I bye

okay so we go from an open shape to a

smiling shape this I sound is called a

diphthong so when we combine two vowels

together and it makes one sound now this

sound will actually make you sound very

very British it's a very British

sounding sound if you get it right so

give it a practice and see if you can

say bye just like me now you might hear

some people say bye-bye that's okay it's

a bit more kind of childish but it's

still fine like I might say that to work

to a kid but by but if you're saying it

to an adult the safest option would be

goodbye or by formal and informal is

very complicated here we don't have as

extreme rules anymore with etiquette and

things in the UK as you see in things

like Downton Abbey it's not like that

but before I get into the other ways of

saying goodbye the first thing I want to

mention is I like to put things in

threes this is my favorite way of saying

goodbye so I don't know if you've

watched my videos before but you'll see

at the end of all of my videos I say

three things take care

Cheers bye take care is my way of saying

look after yourself stay healthy have a

nice day

that kind of thing Cheers is like a

thank you and bye is why right so I've

combined three things I've combined

basically yeah wishing someone a good

day or to be healthy with a thank you

and with a goodbye now what that does is

it kind of makes my own personal

ultimate goodbye and that's how I say

goodbye to most people I know take care

cheers bye and that's one of the really

useful ways of saying goodbye informally

cheers bye cheers bye combining Cheers

and bye so firstly let's look at the

word Cheers

so in terms of pronunciation we

another diphthong ear Cheers

so we start with our tongue at the top

this time here then we moved to the

middle of the mouth ear to the schwa

sound o ear ear ear

cheers Cheers now that's what we would

call a more RP way of saying Cheers

but if you wanted to do it a bit faster

and a bit more that's a modern and quick

you would say cheers Cheers

that's only when you're talking really

really fast people will still understand

it only if you add those on the end we

need that Z sound

or else people will have no idea what

you're saying you could be saying cheese

you could be saying anything so make

sure you add that consonant now this is

another problem a lot of my students on

my course have and I have a whole

chapter which helps with this omitting

final consonants as a challenge for you

over the next week I'd like you to try

and pronounce the consonants at the end

of your words particularly ones which

end with Z Cheers

so important to make sure people clearly

understand you so now you can say bye

now you can say Cheers

let's just talk about take care very

quickly now I'm not saying take care I'm

not pronouncing the at the end of take

so one word ends with a and the next

word begins with a so because of that it

doesn't really matter we don't need to

pronounce both so we can just say take

care take care take care don't say take

care because it's too much it's too

stressful just say take care take care


bye now you've said goodbye how I most

often say goodbye and how I say it in my

videos I think it's really great because

you're combining three things and it

doesn't make it as awkward youยดd is not

like you're just saying okay but oh

you're saying something in a controlled

manner and you're saying three things

and it makes you sound confident

but you don't have to say take care you

could say have a nice day cheers bye

or you could say have a nice day bye

goodbye farewell if you want to use

those old-fashioned words some people

say take it easy take it easy

we're actually connecting speech with

all of the words there take it easy take

it easy take it easy

which also means look after yourself

relax some people might say look after

yourself now please note here we're not

saying yourself we're saying yourself

this is the weak form of yourself where

we would say yeah we use the schwa sound

which is where we keep the tongue

relaxed in the middle of the mouth and

we open the mouth in just a relaxed kind

of breathing way oh yeah yourself

yourself look ah

make sure you pronounce that after

finish after with an O not an O because

that's American if you want to sound

British any word which finishes with her

after we finish with a schwa look after


look after yourself so again that's

another take care you could say look

after yourself cheers bye course you can

say have a nice day

something like that there are so many

things you could say before you say

goodbye I always think it's good to

combine goodbye with one of those

phrases like that so make sure you've

written those down and you have them

kind of saved in your memory somewhere

and the other one which is informal is

see ya see ya see ya see ya so U is

being pronounced as yeah because it's

week again we're not stressing the word

you see ya another quick tip for you is

yes we might say good night to someone

when we say goodbye I might just say

okay good night

that's a way of saying goodbye but we

won't say good morning when we say

goodbye I know it's strange we can say

good night to someone but when we say

goodbye we don't say good morning we'd

probably just say have a nice day okay

have a nice day see ya for example that

was quite informal and just to sound a

bit more formal you might say all

best all the best goodbye that sounded

very formal that's because we used

goodbye which is probably the most

formal way of saying goodbye in modern

British English and we combined it with

all the best which is also it's like

something you'd see in a written letter

so hopefully now you'll feel a bit more

confident when you say goodbye to people

you know it's such a simple topic but

when you really think about it there's a

lot to remember and a lot to do to make

yourself sound confident or more

comfortable or more native you'll hear

natives do all kinds of different things

when they say goodbye and my

recommendation for you would be to

listen to natives you're going to learn

the most by listening to us so please

listen to the words we say in movies in

TV shows on podcasts anywhere when we

say goodbye and add them to your list

hopefully the list which you've started

creating today pick your favorites

pick your favorite kind of group of

things to say and add it to your

rotation for more detailed pronunciation

learning and essentially to learn the

whole British accent and to reduce your

accent as well as intonation and stress

remember I have a pronunciation course

and you can talk to me directly on

whatsapp or WeChat when you join you can

send me voice messages for Corrections

whenever you want hopefully I can meet

you soon if you haven't joined yet link

is in the description below and I look

forward to meeting you and to the rest

of you thanks very much for watching

this you know what's coming

take care cheers guys fine


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