33+ Perfects Ways To Say Goodnight In Dutch

Knowing how to wish someone ‘Goodnight’ is one of the common phrases in Dutch that you’ll definitely want to know. It’s polite to wish the person you’re with a good night in Dutch and to respond when someone else says goodnight in Dutch to you!

So how do you send someone off in the evening in The Netherlands? Do you say sleep tight, or good evening, good night or goodnight?

In this lesson we’ll show you more examples that we’ll translate for you, of how to say goodnight in Dutch. The article will include ways to wish children, lovers or partners, and even acquaintances goodnight.

To help you practice speaking and listening Dutch better, we’ve included translations and their pronunciations. Just click on the blue ‘play’ button to listen. Then repeat until your accent matches what you’re hearing. You’ll sound like a native Dutch speaker in no time!

The Difference Between A Dutch Good Night And Goodnight

Dutch word for goodnight

It doesn’t matter which language you’re speaking, there’s a big difference between good night (goede nacht and goodnight (Welterusten). The two sayings are often confused. Typically in English, you use good night when describing that the evening was a good one; that you had fun. For example, tonight was a good night! However, if you’re using it as an evening send-off greeting, you would use goodnight (no space).

The major difference grammatically, is that goodnight is a single word and is classified as a greeting. Good night is two separate words consisting of an adjective and a noun and is used to describe evening or night times.

What’s interesting about the Dutch language, is that according to the English Dutch dictionary, good night in Dutch is sometimes used interchangeably with goodnight. This can make things a tad confusing, so here are some examples translated into Dutch to show you what we mean below.

English Dutch Pronunciation
I hope it is a good night Ik hoop dat het een goede nacht is
I hope you have a good night Ik hoop dat je een goede nacht hebt
I hope you had a good night Ik hoop dat je een goede nacht hebt gehad
Have a good night Welterusten
What a good night! wat een goede nacht

How to Say Goodnight In Dutch And Other Related Expressions

goodnight in Dutch

Goodnight is used as a greeting to say good bye or goodbye to someone at the end of an evening. It can be used as a single phrase, or in sentences and questions. Here are some more examples of how to say good night in Dutch or goodnight. The translations given have virtually the same meaning as they do in English with some exceptions.

Here are some of the most common expressions for goodnight in Dutch. Also note that in the Dutch language there is some confusion! Dutch goedenacht (no space) can also be spelled goede nacht.

English Dutch Pronunciation
Good night Goedenacht
Goodnight Welterusten
I wish you a good night ik wens je een goede nacht
Good evening Goedenavond
See you tomorrow Tot morgen
See you in the morning Tot morgenochtend
Sleep well / sleep tight slaap lekker
Rest well Rust goed
It was lovely to see you tonight Het was leuk je vanavond te zien
Tonight was wonderful Vanavond was geweldig
Get home safely Veilig thuiskomen
Thank you. Goodnight Dank je. Goede nacht
Have a good evening prettige avond
Have a nice evening Fijne avond
Take care and goodnight Doe voorzichtig en welterusten
Goodnight and good luck Welterusten en succes

These examples are more on the romantic side of wishing someone a good night in Dutch, although the last two examples could be used to wish children a good night as well.

English Dutch Pronunciation
Dream of me Droom van mij
I’ll be dreaming of you Ik zal van je dromen
Goodnight my love Goede nacht mijn liefste
Goodnight my prince Welterusten mijn prins
Goodnight my princess Welterusten mijn prinses

You may say some of these phrases when wishing children goodnight in the Dutch language.

English Dutch Pronunciation
Have a good sleep Heb een goede nachtrust
Lights out! Lichten uit
Good night and sleep tight (sleep well)! Goede nacht en slaap lekker!
Good night. Sweet dreams Goedenacht. Droom maar lekker

Here are some questions you may ask a friend or family member about their evening out.

English Dutch Pronunciation
Did you have a good night? Heb je een goede nacht gehad?
Was it a good night? Was het een goede nacht?
A good night, was it? Een goede nacht, nietwaar?

That’s All Folks!

phrases to say good night in dutch

If you’re reading this at night then we wish you a Dutch good night, goede nacht! Be sure to bookmark this for quick and easy access to all the ways to wish the people in your life goodnight in Dutch, or soon to be in your life if you’re planning to visit The Netherlands.

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