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So today let’s review a few different ways to let other people know that you’re leaving. Most of these are very informal, so they’re not idioms that you would normally say in a business environment, unless you were sure it’d be ok to do so. And again, this is to let people know that you’re leaving somewhere, that you are saying good-bye, that you’re going somewhere else. And now that I think of it, in Brazil we have lots of ways to say that we’re leaving, right? Everyone has a favourite one. Maybe all you do is get up and say “Bye” – I don’t know. Or maybe you’re one of those people who spend ten minutes saying good-bye? I mean, with all those people to hug and kiss, it can take a while. Whatever the case, I think each one of us have our own way of saying farewell.
So our first expression of today is a simple one, and it’s an idiom that I, myself, use a lot: “I’m taking off”. Taking off is something airplanes do… but people can say that too. “I’m going to take off now”. Where’s Jenny? Oh, she took off ten minutes ago. Or, “Everyone, I gotta take off or I’ll be late for class. Bye.”
And when I first moved to London I met someone who would frequently say “I’m going to shoot off now” or just “I got to shoot off” – same meaning as take off. And there’s a way to tell people not only that you’re leaving but let them know where you’re headed – maybe you’re familiar with this one: I’m off to the hairdresser’s. We’re off to the meeting now. “Bye, we’re off to see the play.”
However, there’s something an old landlady of mine used to ask me whenever she saw me heading toward the front door: “Ana, are you off out?” She wanted to know if was heading out, if was leaving the house to go somewhere. So I would reply “Yes, I’m off out” or “Yeah, I’m off to the supermarket” or something. So there you go: “off out” is something you can say to just let people know you’re leaving the house and going out somewhere.
Now here’s another one I’ve heard people say here and there: “Ok, I’ll love you and leave you now. Bye”. It will have sounded a bit funny if that’s the first time you’ve heard it, but that’s exactly how the expression goes: I’ll love you and leave you, or I must love you and leave you. And actually it is sort of a humorous expression, so, again, you wouldn’t say that in a more formal environment. Other than that, feel free to say it to your friends… “Everyone, great catching up with you all but I got to love you and leave you.”
So which ones have you heard for the first time today? Did you know all these ways to basically say good-bye? Which one’s your favourite? Let me know in the comments and talk to you next time!
landlady = proprietária da casa onde eu morava (e pagava aluguel)
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