Tengo que despedirme de unos amigos.

English Translation

I have to say goodbye to some friends.

Why does it end in “me”? I’m not saying goodbye to myself - shouldn’t it be despedirse?

Despedirse is a reflexive verb meaning “to say goodbye”. Since it’s reflexive, the subject and object pronouns refer to the same person. The conjugated verb here is in the 1st person singular (yo), so you need the 1st person singular reflexive pronoun (me) to match. If they refer to different people, then “despedir” is a transitive verb meaning “to fire”.

Here are the reflexive pronouns next to their corresponding subject pronouns:
yo me
tú te
él se
ella se
usted se
nosotros nos
ustedes se
ellos se

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