Interested in saying good night in different languages to increase your chances of impressing someone? In today's post, we will walk you through the different ways on how other people bid someone a good night's sleep or as a parting phrase to signify the end of the day. Instead of saying the plain old formal English "good night," you can mix it up to add more meaning and even seal it in with a kiss. Ready for it? Off we go!
Wishing someone a good night is a powerful way to show someone that you care. Wherever you are in the world, having a special person (your partner, your kid, or your parents) wish you with that sweet expression will make you feel at peace, in love, and ready for the night ahead. It can also be used between friends, workmates, or literally anyone as it is viewed as a common courtesy. Perhaps the reason why we like saying this is that most of us have positive experiences regarding it.
In fact, it can date back to when we were kids, and our parents will tuck us into bed, read us a nighttime story, and wish us a good night and sweet dreams every single night. But, why exactly do we say it, right?
Well, even science can't explain it. It's just that we find it as a vital part of communicating with the people around us. The same is true for other expressions like good morning, good day, good afternoon, or good evening!
It just comes naturally to us, even if we are speaking with a total stranger.
There are tons of variations that you can use when wishing someone a good night. Check out our exclusive list below, which will feature different translations, including European, Asian, Middle-Eastern, African, and Austronesian languages. Ever heard people around you say buona notte,selamat malam, or gute nacht? Well, we will discover more about what all those means in our table below.
|Language||Good night||Pronunciation Guide|
|Afrikaans||Goeie nag||Goeie nag|
|Albanian||Natën e mirë!||Natën e mirë!|
|Amharic||ደህና እደር||Cehina ideri|
|Arabic||مساء الخير||Masa' alkhayr|
|Armenian||Բարի գիշեր||Bari gisher|
|Bangla||শুভ রাত্রি||Śubha rātri|
|Basque||Gau on||Gau on|
|Bosnian||Laku noć||Laku noć|
|Bulgarian||Лека нощ||Leka nosht|
|Catalan||Bona nit||Bona nit|
|Czech||Dobrou noc||Dobrou noc|
|Esperanto||Bonan nokton||Bonan nokton|
|Estonian||Head õhtut!||Head õhtut!|
|Filipino||Magandang gabi||Magandang gabi|
|Finnish||Hyvää yötä||Hyvää yötä|
|French||Bonne nuit||Bonne nuit|
|Galician||Boas noites||Boas noites|
|German||Gute Nacht||Gute Nacht|
|Gujarati||શુભ રાત્રી||Śubha rātrī|
|Hausa||Ina kwana||Ina kwana|
|Hawaiian||Aloha pō||Aloha pō|
|Hindi||शुभ रात्रि||Shubh raatri|
|Hungarian||Jó éjszakát||Jó éjszakát|
|Indonesian||Salamat malam||Salamat malam|
|Irish||Oíche mhaith||Oíche mhaith|
|Italian||Buona Notte||Buona Notte|
|Kazakh||Қайырлы түн||Qayırlı tün|
|Khmer||រាត្រី ||Reatrei |
|Korean||안녕히 주무세요||Annyeonghi jumuseyo|
|Kurdish||Şev baş||Şev baş|
|Latin||bonum nocte||bonum nocte|
|Latvian||Ar labu nakti!||Ar labu nakti!|
|Luxembourgish||Gutt Nuecht||Gutt Nuecht|
|Macedonian||Добра ноќ||Dobra noḱ|
|Malay||Selamat Malam||Selamat Malam|
|Maltese||Il-lejl it-tajjeb||Il-lejl it-tajjeb|
|Mongolian||Сайн шөнө||Sain shönö|
|Nepali||शुभ रात्री||Śubha rātrī|
|Norwegian||God natt||God natt|
|Portuguese||Boa noite||Boa noite|
|Punjabi||ਸ਼ੁਭ ਰਾਤ||Śubha rāta|
|Romanian||Noapte bună||Noapte bună|
|Russian||Спокойной ночи||Spokoynoy nochi|
|Samoan||Manuia le po||Manuia le po|
|Scottish Gaelic||Oidhche mhath||Oidhche mhath|
|Serbian||Лаку ноћ||Laku noć|
|Slovak||Dobrú noc||Dobrú noc|
|Slovenian||Lahko noč||Lahko noč|
|Somali||Habeen wanaagsan||Habeen wanaagsan|
|Spanish||Buenas noches||Buenas noches|
|Swahili||Usiku mwema||Usiku mwema|
|Tamil||இனிய இரவு||Iṉiya iravu|
|Telugu||శుభ రాత్రి||Śubha rātri|
|Turkish||İyi geceler||İyi geceler|
|Uzbek||Hayrli tun||Hayrli tun|
|Vietnamese||Chúc ngủ ngon||Chúc ngủ ngon|
|Welsh||Nos da||Nos da|
|Yiddish||א גוטע נאכט||A gute nakht|
|Zulu||Ulale kahle||Ulale kahle|
Going to sleep? Be sure to make use of any of the ways to say good night with the style above 🙂 If you enjoyed this post, please check out our other language tips that can help you out, like the how to say yes, happy birthday, and I love you in over 50+ different languages. Also, feel free to share the post on social media so that you help your friends discover more about the world and the fantastic languages there are. Got questions? Feel free to slide a comment down below, and we'd get back to you in an instant.
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