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Farewells in Sign Language

How do you say farewell in sign language when parting ways? There are several ways to say goodbye in ASL sign language to expand your repetoire of farewells.

This sign BYE is the standard goodbye. Short and simple. Casual. It's used with friends and family, as well as co-workers.

See you later. Often one says this before saying "bye". The video shows a more informal version. E.g. The sign LATER is not on the passive palm as you see the formal version in the dictionary.

Other ways other than SEE-YOU LATER are SEE-YOU SOON ("see you soon") and TALK LATER ("talk to you later"), #TC (take care), TAKE-CARE.

TAKE-CARE+THUMB-UP or TAKE-CARE. It's a casual expression with a friend or a classmate.

"I've got to get going" or "I must be going". This sign is a good way to use when you're ready to leave a social gathering. It's a soft way to let others know that you're about to leave.

NICE-to MEET-you (It was nice to meet you) and NICE-to SEE-you ("Nice to see you") are typically used by people who know each other but don't see each other that often or after a long time. But, it can also be used by people who meet the others for the first time after enjoying a chat or getting to know each other.

ILY-waving is not uncommon among some close friends and family members. ILY-waving is broad that it has nothing to do with "I love you" among close friends or saying it toward a group of Deaf people at a party. It's just a warm, caring expression of connection.

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