How to Say Hello and Good Bye in Dutch Language (Pronunciation with Audio)

Learning to say Hello and goodbye in Dutch is not so difficult and very straightforward.

The most common and the easiest greeting for ‘hello’ is Hallo, this general greeting can be used almost in any situation, time or place. 

The most common way of saying goodbye to someone is the word Dag which means ‘bye’. The word Dag means literally ‘day’ and can be used to say ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’. This greeting is for people saying goodbye to one another and is appropriate with any person or situation.

Halloha-loaHello
DagdakhBye
Hallo / Hello
Dag / Bye

Learning different ways to say ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ is very useful and very important as you will use it very often when you meet friends, family or new people. Although most Dutch people understand English very well, they will still appreciate it if you can say a few words in Dutch. You can use these greetings to make a good (first) impression and start your conversation on a positive note.

We have already looked at the most common ways of saying ‘hello’ (hallo) and ‘goodbye’ (Dag).

But there are many more ways you can greet or say goodbye to someone in Dutch the situation and the relationship with the person is an important factor in deciding which is the best greeting to use.

After reading this article and practicing the pronunciation you will know the following things:

  1. Common Ways to Say Hello in Dutch
  2. How to respond to Dutch greeting
  3. Common ways to say Goodbye in Dutch.
  4. How about the handshakes and kisses when you meet someone in the Netherlands?

Common Ways to Say 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. 

General Dutch Greetings

Common greetings for hello that are short and easy to say and appropriate almost any time or place.

Halloha-loaHello
DagdakhHello /Bye
HoihoyHi (casual)
HeyHeyHey (very casual)
Hallo / Hello
Dag / Hello /Bye
Hoi / Hi (casual)
Hey / Hey (very casual)

Formal Dutch greetings

The Dutch greetings underneath are more formal and most commonly used in interactions with people you don’t know (well). For example at work, in shops, restaurants, hotels, etc. 

Goedemorgenkhoo-dermor-khenGood morning
Goedemiddagkhoo-der-mi-dakhGood afternoon
Goedenavondkhoo-dern-aa-fontGood evening
GoedendagKhoo-dern dakhGood day
AangenaamAan ghu nahmNice to meet you (formal)
Leuk je te ontmoetenLuk yer ter ont-moo-ternNice to meet you (informal)
Goedemorgen / Good morning
Goedemiddag / Good afternoon
Goedenavond / Good evening
Goedendag / Good day
Aangenaam / Nice to meet you (formal)
Leuk je te ontmoeten / Nice to meet you (informal)

Greetings where we inform about the other person’s wellbeing.

You can greet people and you can show your interest in another person by asking a question that informs about their wellbeing. 

These greeting forms you can use with your friends, family or even in more formal situations. They show caring and a willingness to interact and to get to know the other person better. 

Hoe gaat het?hoo khaat het?How are you?
Hoe gaat het met je?hoo khaat het met yerHow are you doing? (Informal)
Hoe gaat het met U?hoo khaat het met uwHow are you doing? (Formal)
Alles goed?a-lers khootAll right? (informal)
Hoe gaat het? / How are you?
Hoe gaat het met je? / How are you doing? (Informal)
Hoe gaat het met U? / How are you doing? (Formal)
Alles goed? / All right? (informal)

How to respond to the Dutch greeting ‘How are you doing’ ?

So hopefully now you know how to greet someone. But imagine someone asks you how you are doing?  How do you reply to such a question?   There are several ways and of course the answers depend on how you are feeling and how close you are with the other person to share this information. 

Goed, met jou?Khoot met yowFine, and you?
Met mij gaat het goed.Met may khaat het khootI am fine.
Primapree-maFine
Goed, dank jeKhoot, dank yerGood, thank you
Uitstekendoait-stay-kerntExcellent
Het gaat welHet khaat velIt is okay
Niet zo goedneet zoa khootNot very good
Goed, met jou? / Fine, and you?
Met mij gaat het goed. / I am fine.
Prima / Fine
Goed, dank je / Good, thank you
Uitstekend / Excellent
Het gaat wel / It is okay
Niet zo goed / Not very good

Common ways to say Goodbye in Dutch

When leaving friends, family, or a place in general Dutch people will use one of these words or phrases to say goodbye in Dutch. It’s considered polite to say something when you are leaving. Here’s  a summary of things you can say.

DagdakhBye
GoedendagKHOO dun dakhGood day
DoeidooyBye (informal)
Tot ziens / gauw / snelTot zeens/khow/snelSee you soon
Tot straks / later / zoTot straks/laa-ter/zoaSee you later
Tot de volgende keerTot der fol-khern-der kayrUntil next time
Groetjeskhroot-yersSay hi to everyone
Goedendag / Good day
Doei / Bye (informal)
Tot ziens / See you soon
Tot straks / See you later
Tot de volgende keer / Until next time
Groetjes / Say hi to everyone

How about the handshakes and kisses when you meet someone in the Netherlands?

The most common way of greeting each other in The Netherlands is giving a handshake. When you introduce yourself to someone you will shake hands with the other person and say your name. 

Many times when you leave you will shake hands again. You thank the other person for their visit or their present or their meeting and then say goodbye. The shaking of hands is done in formal and informal situations.

If we meet someone we are very friendly with, for example family and close friends, we kiss each other 3 times on the cheeks.  As mentioned, the 3 kisses are only common among people who know each other well, and it is also not a problem if you do not want to be kissed. You just simply put out your hand and make it non-verbally clear that you want to shake hands. One remark; Most men do not kiss other men, so they will shake hands instead. 

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Being able to greet people in Dutch will help you to get around and talk to and connect with Dutch people. People will appreciate that you are making an effort to speak Dutch. If you want to learn more common words and expressions, then please check out our other posts. 

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