The Etiquette of Bidding Good-bye to a New Acquaintance



Making new friends can be daunting, but it’s undeniably rewarding. After all, for most of us, friends form a big part of our life. The true ones are those who walk through life with us, to share our ups and downs, our weaknesses and strengths, and pains and joys. Without really good friends, life wouldn’t be the same at all. And sometimes for a lot of us, we wouldn’t be who we are if not for good friends.


Whether the type of friends you’re looking for is the “Hi-Bye” friends, Regular friends or the True, soul friends, it all starts from simple social contact. 


So, socialising without polite behaviour is undesirable. Remember the simple following tip. Go ahead and say nice things when you meet a new person. Don’t just enjoy a new connection; say that you enjoyed it when departing.

Therefore, in bidding good-bye to a new acquaintance with whom you have just met and have been talking, you should shake hands or do heart greeting and say, “Good-bye. I am very glad to have met you.” To one who has been tremendously interesting, or who is somewhat distinguished, you should say: “It has been a great pleasure to meet you. I would be looking forward to making your acquaintance for a very long time.” 

If you're the one someone says this to, your answer should be: “Thank you.”

Photo credit: Stephanie Ho

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