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Dutch greetings (hello in Dutch)

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This chapter is all about Dutch greetings. Here you will learn several ways to say hello, how are you and goodbye in Dutch. You can use these words and sentences if you meet someone for the first time but you can also use them when greeting friends or family. In this chapter you will also learn something about the greeting culture in the Netherlands.

Hello in Dutch

There are several ways to say 'hello' in Dutch. The greeting you use depends on the time of the day and on how well you know the person.

English

Dutch

Hello

Hallo

Hello/Bye

Dag

Good morning

Goedemorgen

Good afternoon

Goedemiddag

Good evening

Goedenavond

Good day

Goedendag

Hi

Hoi

Nice to meet you (formal)

Aangenaam

Nice to meet you (informal)

Leuk je te ontmoeten.

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How are you in Dutch

These sentences can be used if you want to ask how someone is doing.

English

Dutch

How are you?

Hoe gaat het (met je / u)?

How are you? (formal)

Hoe maakt u het?

All right?

Alles goed?

Fine, and you?

Goed, met jou?

I am fine.

Met mij gaat het goed.

Fine

Prima

Good, thank you

Goed, dankje

Excellent

Uitstekend

It is okay

Het gaat wel

Not very good

Niet zo goed

Goodbye in Dutch

These words and sentences can be used if you want to say goodbye in Dutch.

English

Dutch

Bye

Dag

Goodbye

Goedendag

Bye (informal)

Doei

See you soon

Tot ziens / gauw / snel

See you later

Tot straks / later / zo

Until next time

Tot de volgende keer

Farewell

Vaarwel

Say hi to everyone

Groetjes

Say hi to ...

Doe de groeten aan ...

Greetings in Dutch

a handshake is the most common way to greet someone in the Netherlands.

The most common way of greeting each other in The Netherlands is giving a handshake. When someone introduces him or herself, he/she will shake hands with you and say his/her name. People shake hands again when they leave and they will thank the person for the visit/present/meeting/dinner etc.

Family and close friends kiss each other 3 times on the cheeks when they greet each other. The 3 kisses are only common among people who know each other well, but it is also acceptable if someone does not want to be kissed. He or she will give a handshake instead. Most men do not kiss other men, so they will shake hands instead. If you want to congratulate someone with his/her birthday/graduation/wedding etc. you will also give 3 kisses on the cheeks.

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Exercises

  1. Translating ways to say hello in Dutch
  2. Translating how are you in Dutch
  3. Translating ways to say goodbye in Dutch

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