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A0.2 How to greet someone in Romanian

In this lesson you will learn how to:

Romanian informal greetings: How to say Hi,Hello in Romanian

English Romanian
Audio Phonetic




Hello (second way) please see remark below the table

You are literally saying: good




(on the phone)



2 Listening
3 Translate

Is there a difference between "salut" and "bună"?

"Salut" and "Bună" are used in informal cases whereas in formal encounters "Bună dimineaţa / Bună ziua / Bună seara" is more appropiate.
There is no real difference between "salut" and "bună".

How to say in Romanian: good morning/day/evening/night and goodbye

English Romanian
Audio Phonetic

Good morning

Bună dimineața

/'bu.nə di.mi'ne̯a.t͡sa/

Good day

This is the most common formal greeting.

Bună ziua

/'bunə 'zi.wa/

Good evening

Bună seara

/'bu.nə 'se̯a.ra/

Good night

Noapte bu

/'no̯ap.te 'bu.nə/


can be used in both a formal and informal situation






2 Listening
3 Translate

When and how to use the time of the day greetings in Romanian

  • Bună dimineața (Good morning) is to be used from dawn until noon.
  • From noon until dusk you can safely say Bună ziua (Good day).
  • When it starts to get darker outside, e.g. around 20-21 o’clock one would say Bună seara (Good evening).
  • Noapte bună (Good night) is mainly to be used when the day ends for you, e.g. when you decide to go home to sleep. It is meant as a closure greeting, and that for you the activities of that day are over.

The easiest way or if in doubt just say “Bună ziua” (Good day).

How does one say Good afternoon in Romanian?

Romanians do not say Good afternoon. They actually use Bună ziua (Good day) from lunch time until the evening.

Old style Romanian greeting

Sărut mâna is mainly used to address old persons. It is a familial, colloquial, traditional way of greeting a Romanian, that shows affection and respect. However nowadays it is less and less used. You can address it both to a woman or a man. It was/is used mainly by children, however it is perfectly fine for a 40 year old son to greet his 70 year old Romanian father by saying Sărut mâna.

It literally means “[I] Kiss [your] hand”. Don’t worry if you’ll ever decide to impress your Romanian partner’s grandmother by saying it, you don’t have to literally kiss her hand. It frequently happens that in spoken Romanian the final "t" in "Sărut" would be omitted and both words would be be spoken as one, without a perceptible break in between the words.

Romanian greeting culture

Cheek kissing in Romania

In Romania it is common to kiss once on each cheek. Thus the answer to the question How many times do Romanians kiss is two. Cheek kissing is commonly used between family members or close friends. It is used more by women, however it is quite common for men family members to kiss on the cheeks.

Handshake in Romania

The handshake is largely accepted between men and women in Romania. As explain above when it is more appropriate to kiss on the cheeks, there is no need for a handshake.

Birthday, Easter, Christmas and other Romanian greetings

Would you like to know how to say Happy Birthday in Romanian or to greet someone on Easter or Christmas? Check out our lesson on all occasions greetings in Romanian


How to greet someone in Romanian

I found this very useful and helpful to concrete the bits of Romanian I'd picked up informally.

The new one on me was 'Sarut Muna' which I hope to trial on my partners mother :)

A. Bevan



I'm happy you liked it, and I'm convinced that your partner's mother will appreciate the effort.

If you need to learn how to pronounce better the letters ""ă" and "î" which are part of "sărut mîna", you can find more examples in the dedicated lesson we have on pronunciation at

Happy to help!



Thanks for the useful link! Coupled with talking to my partner, I should nail pronunciation pretty quick :D


A. Bevan


Wherever I travel I like to be polite so many thanks, multumesc, for your help!

We must think alike :)

We must think alike :)
I like to say, thank you, how are you, these type of simple things in many languages. It makes me happy and sometimes it opens many doors. It also shows that you respect the culture of your interlocutor!

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