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How to greet someone in Romanian

Meeting and greeting a Romanian
In this lesson you will learn how to:

  • Greet informally someone in Romanian
    • Hi
    • Hello
    • Hello (on the phone)
  • Greet formally someone in Romanian
    • Good morning
    • Good day
    • Good evening
    • Good night

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

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Hi/Hello

Salut

/sa'lut/

Hi/Hello (second way) please see remark below the table

Bu

/'bu.nə/

Hello (on the phone)

Alo

/a'lo/

Happy Birthday

La mulți ani

/la 'mulʦʲ anʲ/

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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

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Good morning

Bună dimineața

/'bu.nə di.mi'ne̯a.t͡sa/

Good day

This is the most common formal greeting. In English it has sometimes the nuance of dismissal, however in Romanian it is a mere greeting with no negative implications

Bună ziua

/'bunə 'zi.wa/

Good evening

Bună seara

/'bu.nə 'se̯a.ra/

Good night

Noapte bu

/'no̯ap.te 'bu.nə/

Goodbye

can be used in both a formal and informal situation

Lrevedere

/la re.ve'de.re/

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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.

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