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How to greet someone in Romanian

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

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

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Hi

Hello

Salut

/sa'lut/

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

You are literally saying: good

Bu

/'bu.nə/

Hello (on the phone)

Alo

/a'lo/

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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/

Bye

Pa

/pa/

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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.



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.


Holiday wishes (Easter, Christmas) in Romanian

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Happy Easter!

Paște fericit

/'paʃ.te fe.riˈt͡ʃit/

Christ is Risen

Literally: Christ is resurrected

Hristos a înviat

/hris'tos a ɨn.vi'at/

Truly, He is Risen!

Adevăraînviat!

/a.de.və'rat a ɨn.vi'at/

Merry Christmas!

Literally: Christmas happy!

Crăciun fericit!

/krəˈt͡ʃjun fe.riˈt͡ʃit/

Season's greetings (lit translation: Happy celebrations)

This is common during the end of the year period (Christmas and New Year)

Sărbători fericite

/sər.bə'torʲ fe.ri't͡ʃi.te/

Happy Birthday

Literally: To many years

La mulți ani

/la 'mulʦʲ anʲ/

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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.

3 comments

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 :)

Great

Hi,

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
https://www.learnro.com/romanian-vowels-pronunciation

Happy to help!

Awesome!

Hi,

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

Nye.

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