How to Greet People in Afrikaans

Two Parts:Saying “Hello” and “How Are You?”Using Other Greetings

Afrikaans is a West Germanic language that derives from Dutch and is spoken mostly in South Africa and Namibia. Afrikaans is currently spoken by over six million people in Africa and is known for its unique phrases and slangs.[1] Typically, Afrikaans will greet each other with a handshake and women may kiss each other on the lips as a form of greeting.[2] There are also several ways to say “Hello”, “How are you?” and other greetings in Afrikaans.

Part 1
Saying “Hello” and “How Are You?”

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    Greet a stranger formally with “Goeie dag”. When you first meet someone, you should greet them formally as a sign of respect with the formal way to say “Hello” in Afrikaans.[3]
    • You can also offer your hand to the person and shake their hand as a formal way of greeting. Many Afrikaans shake hands when they are greeting each other informally and the women will kiss each other on the lips in greeting.
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    Say “Haai” or “Hallo” if you are greeting an acquaintance or a friend. You can use the informal way to say “Hello” in Afrikaans if you know the person or are on familiar terms with the person. Many Afrikaans will greet each other with “Haai” or “Hallo” when they see each other on the street or in their homes.[4]
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    Use “Hoe gaan dit met u?” if you are greeting a stranger. The formal way to say “How are you?” in Afrikaans is “Hoe gaan dit met u?” It is considered polite to use the formal phrase when you are greeting someone you have just met.[5]
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    Use “Hoe gaan dit met jou?” if you are greeting an acquaintance or a friend. The informal way to say “How are you?” in Afrikaans is “Hoe gaan dit met jou?” Only use this greeting if you are on familiar terms with the person you are speaking to.[6]
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    Respond to “How are you?” formally or informally. To keep the conversation going, you can respond to the formal “Hoe gaan dit met u?” with “Baie goed dankie, en u?”[7]
    • You can respond to the informal “Hoe gaan dit met jou?” with “Goed, dankie! En jou?”
    • An example dialogue with someone you just met might be:

      “Goeie dag!”
      “Goeie dag!”
      “Hoe gaan dit met u?”
      “Baie goed dankie, en u?”
      "Goed, dankie!"

    • An example dialogue with someone you know well or are friends with might be:

      “Haai!”
      "Hallo!"
      “Hoe gaan dit met jou?”
      “Goed, dankie! En jou?”
      "Goed, dankie!"

    • A complete pronunciation guide for these greetings can be found at http://www.omniglot.com/language/phrases/afrikaans.php.

Part 2
Using Other Greetings

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    Say “Goeiemôre!” to greet someone in the morning. This is the formal way to say “Good morning” in Afrikaans.[8]
    • Many Afrikaans will shorten this to “Môre!” as an informal way to say “Good morning”.
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    Use “Goeie middag” to greet someone in the afternoon. This is how you say “Good afternoon” in Afrikaans.[9]
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    Remember the difference between “Good evening” and “Goodnight” in Afrikaans. “Good evening” in Afrikaans is “Goeienaand”, and “Goodnight” is “Goeienag”.
    • Many Afrikaans will shorten “Goeienag” to “Nag” as an informal way to say “Goodnight”.
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    Say “Goodbye” formally or informally. To say “Goodbye” to someone you just met, use the formal greeting: “Totsiens”.[10] “Totsiens” can also be used to say goodbye more casually, as it can be taken to mean “See you later”.
    • Many Afrikaans will use “Mooi loop” when saying goodbye to a friend or a relative, which means “go/walk well”.[11]
    • You can also add on to your “Goodbye” with “Lekker dag!”, which means “Have a nice day!”[12]
    • An example dialogue with someone you just met might be:

      “Goeiemôre!”
      “Goeiemôre!”
      “Hoe gaan dit met u?”
      “Baie goed dankie, en u?”
      "Goed, dankie!"
      “Totsiens! Lekker dag!”

    • An example dialogue with someone you know well or are friends with might be:

      “Môre!”
      "Môre!"
      “Hoe gaan dit met jou?”
      “Goed, dankie! En jou?”
      "Goed, dankie!"
      "Totsiens, mooi loop!”

    • A complete pronunciation guide for these terms can be found at http://www.omniglot.com/language/phrases/afrikaans.php.

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