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Good evening in many languages

These are phrases you use when you greet people in the evening. Exactly when you use these phrases varies from country to country. In some languages, Spanish for example, the same words are used for afternoon and evening.

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Language Evening greetings
Adyghe Уипчыхьэ шІу
Afrikaans Goeienaand
Albanian (Gheg) Mir-mrãma
Albanian (Tosk) Mirëmbrëma
Aleut Amgiichxizax̂
Altay Јакшылыкту еҥирле (Ĵakšılıktu eñirle)
Aklan Mayad nga gabi-i
Alsatian Güete Obe
A güata-n-owa
A göte-n-owwe.
Amharic አንደምን አመሸህ? (əndämən amäššäh?) >m
ምሽቱን እንዴት አሳለፍከው? (məššətun əndet asalläfkäw?) >m
አንደምን አመሸሽ? (əndämən amäššäš?) >f
ምሽቱን እንዴት አሳለፍሽው? (məššətun əndet asalläfšəw?) >f
አንደምን አመሹ? (əndämən amäššu?) frm
[how did you spend the evening?]
Arabic
(Egyptian)
(misa' il khayr) مساء الخير
response - (misa' in noor) مساء النّور
Arabic
(Lebanese)
Masa el khayr
Arabic
(Modern Standard)
(masā' al-khayr) مساء الخير
Arabic
(Moroccan)
(mselkḥīr) مساء الخير
Aragonese Buena nueit
Armenian
(Eastern)
Բարի' երեկո: (Bari yereko)
Armenian
(Western)
Բարի իրիկուն:
(Paree eereegoon)
Assamese শুভ গধূলি (xubhô gôdhuli)
Azerbaijani Axşamınız xeyir
Bashkir хәйерле кис
(xäyyerlye kis)
Basque Arratsalde on
Bavarian Guadn åmd
Belarusian Добры вечар (Dobry večar)
Bengali শুভ সন্ধ্যা। (shubho shondha)
Bhojpuri राम राम (raam raam)
Bikol Marháy na banggí
Dios marháy na banggí
Marháy na pagkabanggí
Bosnian Dobro večer
Breton Nozvezh vat
Bulgarian Добър вечер (Dobãr večer)
Burmese မဂႆလာပၝ (min-ga-la-ba)
Catalan Bona nit
Cebuano Maayong Gabii
Chabacano de Cavite Buenas noches
Chabacano de Zamboanga Buenas noches
Chamorro
(Guam dialect)
Buenas noches
Chamorro
(North Marianas dialect)
Buenas noches
Chechen Суьйре дика йойла (Süyre dika yoyla)
Cherokee ᎣᏍᏓ ᏒᎯᏰ (Osda svhiye)
ᎣᏍᏓ ᏒᎯᏰᏱ (Osda svhiyeyi)
Chichewa Mwachoma bwanji
Ndachoma bwino (reply)
Chinese
(Cantonese)
晚安 (máahn ōn)
晚上好 (máahnseuhng hóu)
Chinese
(Hakka)
食夜沒? (siit8ia5mut8?)
晚安 (van3on1)
Chinese
(Mandarin)
晚安 (wǎnān)
晚上好 (wǎnshànghǎo)
Chinese
(Shanghainese)
夜到好 (yâtohô)
Chinese
(Taiwanese)
暗安 (àm-an)
晚安 (bóan-an)
Chipewyan Horélyą náheɁą
Nánést’į nįndé nesdhen
Cimbrian Guuten aabend!
Cornish Gorthugher da
Corsican (À) bona sera
Croatian Dobra večer
Cuyonon Mayad nga gabi
Czech Dobrý večer
Danish God aften
Dutch Goedenavond
Goeienavond
Elfdalian Góð kveld
Estonian Tere õhtust
Ewe Fiɛyi
Fiɛyi na mi
Extremaduran Buena(s) tardi(s)
Alas buenas tardis
Faroese Gott kvøld
Fijian Bula
Ni sa Bula
Finnish Hyvää iltaa
Iltaa
Flemish (West) Goeije 'n avend
French Bonsoir
Frisian (North) Gudeen
Frisian (West) Goeie jûn
Friulian Buine sere
Galician Boa tarde
Boas tardes
Bo serán
Garifuna Buiti raaban weyu
Gascon Bona nueit
Georgian საღამო მშვიდობისა (saghamo mshvidobisa)
German Guten Abend
Greek (Ancient) Χαῖρε! (Khaíre!)
Χαίρετε! (Khaírete!)
Greek (Modern) Καλησπέρα (Kalispéra) - when arriving
Καλό βράδυ (Kali bradi) - when leaving
Greenlandic Inuugujaq
Gujarati શુભ સંધ્યા (shubh sandhya) - archaic
Haitian Creole Bonswa
Hausa Barka da yamma
Hawaiian Aloha ahiahi
Hebrew (Erev tov) ערב טוב
Hiligaynon Ma-ayong Hapon
Ma-ayong gab-i
Hindi नमस्ते (namaste)
शुभ सन्ध्या (śubh sandhyā) - rarely used
Hmong (White) Nyob zoo (common any time of day)
Nyob zoo yav tsaus ntuj os (not common)
Nyob zoo thaum yav tsaus ntuj (not common)
Hungarian Jó estét (kívánok)
Iban Selamat lamai (2-7pm)
Icelandic Góða kvöldið
Igbo Ndewo
Oga diri gị (reply)
Iloko Naimbag a sardam
Inari Saami Pyeri eehid
Indonesian Selamat sore (late afternoon/evening)
Selamat malam (late evening/night)
Inuktitut ᐅᓐᓄᓴᒃᑯᑦ (Unnuhatkut/Unnusakkut)
Iñupiaq Unnusatkun
Irish (Gaelic) Tráthnóna maith duit (sg)
Tráthnóna maith daoibh (pl)
Italian Buonasera
Japanese 今晩は / こんばんは (konbanwa)
Javanese ꦱꦸꦒꦼꦁꦱꦺꦴꦤ꧀ꦠꦼꦤ꧀
(Sugeng sọnten)
Jenesch Voscha buik
Jèrriais Bônsouair
Kalmyk Сән хонтн! (Sän xontn)
Kannada ಶುಭ ಸಾಯಂಕಾಲ (shubha sāyankāla)
Kashubian Dobri wieczór
Kazakh Қайырлы кеш! (Qayrli kesh!)
Кеш жарық! (Kesh zharyq!)
Khmer សាយ័ណ្ហសួស្ដី (sayôn suŏ sdei)
Khoekhoe (Nama) !Gâi !oes.
Kinyarwanda Mwiriwe neza
Korean 안녕하십니까 (annyeong hashimnikka)
좋은 저녁 (joheun jeonyeok)
Kurdish (Kurmanji) Êvarbaş; Êvara te bi xêr (sg)
Êvarbaş; Êvara we bi xêr (pl)
Kurdish (Sorani) Êware baş
Kyrgyz Кайырлуу кеч! (Kayryluu kech!)
Ladino (Buenas tardes) בוינאס טארדיס
(Buena tadrada) בוינא טאדראדא
Lao ສະບາຍດີຍາມແລງ (sabaidee yarm laeng)
ສະບາຍດີ (sabaidee)
Latin Bonum Vesper!
Latvian Labvakar
Limburgish Gojenaovend
Lithuanian Labas vakaras
Low Saxon (Goden) Avend
Lozi Lobala ka kozo
Luganda Osiibye otya nno? (How was your day?)
Bulungi, osiibye otya nno? (reply)
Lule Sámi Buorre iehket
Luxembourgish Gudden Owend
Macedonian Добра вечер (Dobra večer)
Maithili Shubh sandhya
Malagasy Manao ahoana e
Malay Selamat petang (2-7pm)
Malayalam ശുഭസന്ധ്യ (śubh sandhya)
Maldivian (Ba'ajjeveri haveereh) ބައްއަޖޖެވުރި ހަވީރެހް
Maltese Bonswa
Il-Lejla it-tajba
Mam Qa’lte
Manx (Gaelic) Fastyr mie
Māori Kia ora
Marathi शुभ-संध्या (shubh-sandhyā)
Marshallese Io̧kwe in jota
Mauritian Creole Bonswar
Monégasque Bona sera
Mongolian Оройн мэнд (Oroin mend)
Nahuatl Cualli teotlac
Cualli tiotaqui
Tiotaqui
¿Quen oteotlahquililo? (How was the dusqu?)
Navajo Yá'át'ééh ałní'íní
Yáʼátʼééh iʼííʼą́
Nkore Osiibire ota? (How was your day?)
Ndebele (Northern - Zimbabwe) Litshonile
Ndebele (Southern) Litshone njani
Utshone njani? (How have you spent your day?)
- said only to sb you've seen in the morning
Ngitshonile (reply)
Nepali शुभ सन्ध्या
(subha sandhya)
Nogai Кеш яхшы болсын
Northern Sámi Buorre eahket
Ipmel atti (reply)
Northern Sotho Dumêlang
Fonaneng
Norwegian God kveld
Occitan Bonser
Ojibwe Mino dibikad ("It's a good night")
Oriya ସୁଭସନ୍ଧ୍ୟା (subha sandhya)
Papiamento Bon nochi
Pashto (maakhaam mo pa kheyr) ماښام مو په خير
(khah maakhaam) ماشام شه
Picard La boinne nuit
Polish Dobry wieczór
Miłego wieczoru - (used when leaving)
Portuguese Boa tarde
Quechua Wuynas nuchis
Romanian Bună seara
Romansh Buna sera
Buna saira
Russian Добрый вечер! (Dobryj večer!)
Rusyn Добрый вечӱр (Dobryj večür)
Sakha Үтүө киэһэнэн (ytyø kiehenen)
Samoan Manuia le afiafi
Sardinian
(Logudorese)
Bona sera
Scots Guid evenin
Scottish Gaelic Feasgar math
Serbian Добро вече (Dobro veče)
Sesotho Fonane (sg) Fonaneng (pl)
Sicilian Bona sira
Shona Manheru
Maswera sei (reply)
Sinhala සුභ සැන්දෑවක් (subha sandhavak)
Slovak Dobrý večer
Slovenian Dober večer
Somali Fiid wanaagsan
Sorbian (Lower) Dobry wjacor
Sorbian (Upper) Dobry wječor
Southern Sámi Buerie iehkede
Spanish Buenas tardes
Buenas noches
Stellingwarfs Goeienaovend
Sundanese Wilujeng wengi
Swahili Habari ya jioni
Swazi Lishonile sihlobo sami
Swedish God kväll
Swiss German Gueten Oobe
Tagalog Magandang gabi po (frm)
Magandang gabi (inf)
Tahitian Ia ora oe i teie po
Tajik Шаб ба хайр (Šab ba xajr)
Tamil (formal) மாலை வணக்கம்
(maalai vanakkam) [ml] [fm]
Tatar Xäyerle kiç
Telugu నమస్కారం (namaskārām) - frm
నమస్తే (namaste) - inf
Tetum Bonoite
Kalan diak
Boasnoite
Thai สวัสดีครับ (sà-wàt-dee kráp) - m
สวัสดีค่ะ (sà-wàt-dee kâ) - f
Tibetan དགོང་དྲོ་བདེ་ལེགས། (gong-to de-lek)
Tigrinya ከመይ ኣምሲኻ (kemey Amsika) m/sg
ከመይ ኣምሲኺ (kemey Amsiki) f/sg
ከመይ ኣምሲኹም (kemey Amsikum) m/pl/frm
ከመይ ኣምሲኽን (kemey Amsikn) f/pl/frm
Tok Pisin Apinum
Gut nait
Tongan Mālō tau ma‘u e efiafi ni
Tsonga Riperile (sg)
Imadyambu
Tsotsil Mi li'ote
Tswana Muitsibowa a a monate
Turkish İyi akşamlar
Turkmen Agşamyňyz haýyrly bolsun
Ukrainian Доброго вечора (Dobroho večora)
Urdu (roz bākhair) روز بخير
Uyghur كەچلىكىڭىز خەيرىلىك بولسۇن!
(Kächlikingız xäyrılik bolsun!)
Uzbek Hayirli kech
Venda Ndi madekwana
Ndi madekwana avhudi (reply)
Venetian Bona sera
Vietnamese Chào buổi tối
Võro Tere õdagust
Walloon Bonswêr
Welsh Noswaith dda
Wolof Naka ngon si
Xhosa Ubusuku obuhle
Yapese Fal'e baleyal
Yiddish (A gut ovnt) א גוט אָוונט
Yoruba Ẹ ku alẹ
Yucatec Maya Ma'lob ak'ab
Zazaki Şan be xér
Zulu Sawubona (sg)
Sanibonani (pl)
Auxiliary and constructed languages
Esperanto Bonan vesperon
Interlingua Bon vespere
Lojban coi