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How to Say Goodbye in Africa - Saying Goodbye in Africa

"Goodbye" in Africa

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Family waving goodbye, Johannesburg, South Africa
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How to say "goodbye" in Africa is sorted per country. Since there are thousands of languages spoken in Africa, I've had to narrow down the choices quite a bit. E-mail me if you think I've left out an important language and I'll be happy to include it!

Note: unless indicated, the "good bye" should work for most of the country.

How to say "goodbye" in:

Angola
Portuguese: Adeus/Tchau

Botswana
Setswana: sala sentle/tsamaya sentle
English: Goodbye

Burkina Faso
French: Au revoir
Dioula: an-beng

Cameroon
French: Au revoir
English: Good bye (in the west of Cameroon)

Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
French: Au revoir
Dioula: an-beng

Egypt
Arabic: bessalama
English: Goodbye

Ethiopia
Amharic: teanastellen
English: Goodbye

Gabon
French: Au revoir

Ghana
Twi: mah krow
Ga: bye bye (spoken in the capital Accra)
Hausa: sai wani lookachi (spoken in northern Ghana)
English: Goodbye

Kenya
Swahili: Kwaheri
English: Goodbye

Lesotho
South Sotho: Tsamaea hantle
English: Goodbye

Libya
Arabic: bessalama

Madagascar
Malagasy: Veloma
French: Au revoir

Malawi
Chichewa: Pitani bwino/tionana
English: Goodbye

Mali
French: Au revoir
Bambara: kan-beng
Tamashek: harr sad(Tuareg language)

Mauritania
Arabic: bessalama
Hassaniya: sa-la-mah ah-lay-kum

Morocco
Arabic: bessalama
French: Au revoir

Mozambique
Portuguese: Adeus/Tchau

Namibia
Afrikaans: Totsiens
Damara/Nama: !gaise hare'!gure (spoken in the south and southeast)
Himba: Kara/kari nawa (spoken in the north central and northwest)
English: Goodbye

Nigeria
Hausa: sai wani lookachi
Igbo: kay may see ah(southeastern Nigeria)
Yoruba: oh dah-boh
English: Goodbye
French: Au revoir

Rwanda
French: Au revoir

Senegal
French: Au revoir
Fulfulde: nalleen e jamm
Diola: ukatura
Wolof: ba beneen

Sierra Leone
Krio: We go si bak

South Africa
Zulu: Sala kahle
Xhosa: Sala kakuhle
Afrikaans: Totsiens
English: Goodbye

Sudan
Arabic: bessalama

Swaziland
Swati: Sala kahle
English: Goodbye

Tanzania
Swahili: Kwaheri
English: Goodbye

Togo
French: Au revoir

Tunisia
French: Au revoir
Arabic: bessalama

Uganda
Swahili: Kwaheri
English: Goodbye

Zambia
English: Goodbye
Bemba: Shalapo

Zimbabwe
English: Goodbye
Shona: Chisarai zvakanaka
Ndebele: Lisale kuhle

Sources:
Goodbye in World Languages
Lonely Planet Guide Books

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