100+ Ways to say GOOD NIGHT in Different Languages of the World

Good night in different languages

GOOD NIGHT. A polite greeting and acknowledgment during the last few hours of the evening or before going to sleep. Used properly, this greeting can convey well wishes for the night ahead and a preparation for the day to come. Along with good morning, hello, goodbye, thank you, and I love you -> good night is one of the most commonly used travel words around the world. And knowing how to say good night in different languages is a life skill worth having.

End your day right and read on to find out exactly that…

Do you know:
Where does the term good night come from?

The term is derived from the Middle English phrase in parting for the evening or retiring to sleep, c. 1200, from good (adj.) + night. As an exclamation of surprise from 1893.

A shortening of “May you have a good night.”

This greeting is flexible enough to be used by anyone in almost any setting from the formal to the most casual. A simple ‘good night‘ is likely to be one of the first words you’ll use when travelling and it’s always a good idea to know a few words in the language of the country you’re visiting. Read on to discover how to say good night in a different language around the world.

What can You say instead of Good Night?

  • Lights out! 
  • Nighty night!
  • Sweet dreams
  • Sleep tight
  • See you in the morning
  • Until tomorrow
  • Don’t let the bed bugs bite
  • I hope that your night is as bright as your smile
  • I’m off to bed
  • It’s time to hit the hay
  • Get some rest!
  • Sleep tight… I’ll be dreaming of you!

If you wanted to salute every person in the world, you would need to learn those words from more than 5,000 languages. Thankfully, just by reading this post, you will be able to express good night to over 90% of the world’s population 🙂 So whether you find yourself in Africa, Europe, Asia, or Latin America… I’ve got you covered.

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Good night in different languages with pronunciation

GOOD NIGHT IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES

Here’s your ultimate guide on 125+ ways to say good night in different languages around the world. Every language….

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Want to learn how to say GOOD BYE too? 
Read this guide to say good bye in different languages.

Goodnight different languages

How do you say good night different languages? Every language in the world here ↓

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Afrikaans

How to say good night in Afrikaans:

  • Goeienag
    — a South African term most commonly used in Afrikaans when meeting in the evening. The word is a combination of Dutch words goeie ‘good’ and nag ‘night.’

  • Nag
    An informal, shortened version of the greeting above

Afrikaans is a West Germanic language of Southern Africa mostly derived from Dutch. It developed as Dutch settlers and indigenous African mixed languages beginning in the 17th century. Today, an estimated 15 to 23 million people call Afrikaans their mother tongue. It is mainly spoken in South Africa and Namibia and can also be heard in parts of Botswana and Zimbabwe.

Albanian

  • Natën e mir

  • Natën e mirë

Albanian is an Indo-European language, spoken mainly in Albania and Kosovo, though it is also spoken in other areas of the Balkans. With about 7.5 million speakers, it comprises an independent branch within the Indo-European languages and is not closely related to any other language in Europe.

Amharic

  • ደህና እደር (dähna där)
    — used if you’re saying good night to a man

  • ደህና እደሪ (dähna däri)
    — used if you are greeting a woman

  • ደህና እደሩ (dähna däru)
    — a formal way to say good evening to a group of people
    This form is also used if you are using respect to refer to someone, such as if you are speaking to an elderly person

Amharic is a Semitic language and the official language of Ethiopia. Good night also implies peace be with you. It can also be heard in Egypt and Eritrea, as well as in Israel, Sweden, Canada and the United States.

Arabic

How to say goodnight in Arabic:

  • تصبح على خير (Tisbah ‘ala khayr)
    — a formal, polite way of saying good night in Arabic, which roughly translates to, “may you wake up to the good.”

    The best response to this is, “وأنت من أهله (wa anta min ahloo)” meaning “and may you be one of the good.”

  • الله يمسك علي خير (lla yemsek ‘la khir)

  • Tosba7 3a khayr

Arabic (العربية) is a Semitic language spoken by over 420 million people as their first language in areas including North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and other parts of the Middle East. Many more people can also understand it as a second language. Modern Standard Arabic is the liturgical language for 1.6 billion Muslims and is the official written form of the language with the Arabic alphabet, which is written from right to left.

Armenian

  • Բարի’ գիշեր: (Bari gisher)
    — response to this is: Լո’ւյս բարի: (luis bari)
  • Գիշեր բարի: (Keesher paree)
    — Լոյս բարի: (Looys paree) is the response to this

Armenian is an Indo-European language spoken in the Republic of Armenia, as well as in large communities of Armenian diaspora by around 6.7 million people.

Assamese

  • শুভৰাত্ৰি (xubhôratri)

Armenian is an Indo-European language spoken mainly in the northeast Indian state of Assam, with over 15 million native speakers.

Azerbaijani

  • Gecən xeyrə qalsın
    — this is an informal way of wishing goodnight
  • Gecəniz xeyrə qalsın
    — formal usage

Azerbaijani or Azeri is the primary and official language of Azerbaijan by its 8.8 million native speakers. It is also widely spoken in Northern Iran and to a small extent in southern Dagestan, the Kvemo Kartli region of Georgia, eastern Turkey, in Shia cities of Iraq, like Karbala and Kirkuk. The language is a Turkic language and is highly intelligible with modern-day Turkish.

Basque

  • Gabon

Basque (euskara) is a language spoken in the Basque Country (Gipuzkoa, Araba, Bizkaia) and Navarra (in Spain) as well as in the French Basque Country (Labourd, Soule and Basse-Navarre). Linguistically, Basque is a language isolate and is unrelated to the other languages of Europe.

Bavarian / Austrian German

  • Guad nåhd

Bavarian is a regional dialect of German spoken in the German state of Bavaria, western Austria, and Northeastern Italy by over 14 million people. It uses German grammar, but takes several root words from Latin.

Belarusian

  • Дабранач (Dabranač)

Belarusian is the official language of Belarus. This East Slavic language is also spoken in Russia, Ukraine and Poland.

Bengali

  • শুভ রাত্রি (Shubhô ratri)
    a common way of greeting in Bengali at night.

Bengali বাংলা is the only official language of Bangladesh, one of the 22 official languages of India, and the sixth most spoken language in the world. It is spoken as a first language by the majority of the population in Bangladesh, as well as people in the Indian state of West Bengal.

Bodo

  • Gwjwn hor

Bodo बर’/बड़ is the Sino-Tibetan language spoken primarily by the Bodo people of Northeast India, Nepal and Bengal. It is official language of the Bodoland Autonomous region and co-official language of the state of Assam in India.

Bosnian

  • Laku noć

Bosnian, a south Slavic language of the Indo-European family, is the official language of Bosnia and is essentially the same language as Croatian and Serbian. All three languages used to be known as Serbo-Croatian before the break-up of Yugoslavia.

Brazilian Portuguese

  • Boa noite 
    pronounced: bowa noychay

Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil) is the variety of Portuguese dialect spoken in Brazil. It is spoken by virtually all of the 200 million inhabitants of Brazil and spoken widely across the Brazilian diaspora. European Portuguese differs from the Brazilian variety in pronunciation, as well as in some vocabulary.

Breton

  • Noz vat

Breton is a Southwestern Brittonic language of the Celtic language spoken in Brittany in the northwest of France.

Bulgarian

Say good night in Bulgarian:

  • Лека нощ (Leka nošt)

Bulgarian is a South Slavic language spoken in Southeastern Europe, primarily in Bulgaria. It is the country’s only official language and Bulgarian is written with Cyrillic.

Burmese

  • ကောင်းသောညပါ
    — pronounced: kaung thaw nya par

  • ဂွတ်နိုက်
    — can also be used

Burmese is a Sino-Tibetan language spoken in Myanmar where it is an official language and the language of the Bamar people, the country’s principal ethnic group.

Cambodian Khmer

  • Réatri Suŏ Sdei (រាត្រីសួស្តី )

Khmer is the language of the Khmer people and the official language of Cambodia. With over 16 million speakers, it is the second most widely spoken Austroasiatic language.

Catalan

  • Bona nit

Catalan is a Western Romance language derived from Vulgar Latin and named after the medieval Principality of Catalonia, in northeastern of modern Spain. It is the only official language of Andorra, and a co-official language of the Spanish autonomous communities of Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and Valencia.

Chichewa

  • Usiku wabwino

  • Gonani bwino
    — meaning (sleep well)

  • Mugone bwino

Chichewa, also known as Nyanja, is a Bantu language spoken in much of Southern, Southeast and East Africa. It is the national language of Malawi and is also spoken in Zambia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Chinese Cantonese

How to say good-night in Chinese Cantonese:

  • 早唞 (jo tao)
    — A formal way to say good night in Cantonese

Cantonese is a variety of Chinese originating from the city of Guangzhou and its surrounding area in Southeastern China. Belonging to the Sino-Tibetan family of languages, it is the traditional prestige variety of the Yue Chinese dialect group, which has about 68 million native speakers.

Chinese Mandarin

  • 晚安 (wǎnān)

Mandarin Chinese is the official language of Mainland China and Taiwan, and is one of the official languages of Singapore. Mandarin is often placed first in lists of languages by number of native speakers with almost a billion speakers.

Corsican

  • À bona notte
    — the most commonly used way of saying goodnight in Corsican

Corsican is a Romance language from the Italo-Dalmatian family that is spoken predominantly on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Corsican is closely related to Tuscan and to the Florentine-based Italian.

Croatian

How to say good night in Croatian:

  • Laku noć

Croatian or Hrvatski is a South Slavic language spoken mainly in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, some parts of Serbia, and the neighbouring countries by about 5.5 million people.

Czech

  • Dobrou noc

Czech is a Western Slavic language which is mutually intelligible with Slovak. It is mainly spoken in the Czech Republic with over 10,5 million speakers.

Danish

  • God nat

Danish is a Scandinavian language and the only official language of the Kingdom of Denmark. Closely related to Swedish and Norwegian, it is spoken in Denmark and in some parts of Greenland and northern Germany.

Dutch

  • Goede nacht
    — the most common way of saying good night in Dutch.

  • Slaapwel or slaap lekker, meaning sleep well, can also be used informally

Dutch is a West Germanic language spoken by about 27 million people world-wide mostly in the Netherlands, northern Belgium, and Suriname.

Dzongkha Bhutanese

  • Simcha dele

Dzonkha or Bhutanese is the sole official and national language of the Kingdom of Bhutan. This Sino-Tibetan language is spoken by over half a million people in Bhutan and is written with the Tibetan alphabet.

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English

Ways to say good night in English:

  • Good night
    — this is the standard goodnight greeting

  • Night night
    — a casual friendly way of greeting later in the evening or night

  • Sleep well or sweet dreams
    can also be used

English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in Anglo-Saxon England in the early Middle Ages. It is spoken in many countries around the world with over 375 million native speakers. English is the second most spoken language, and the most international language in the world.

Estonian

  • Head ööd
    — the most common way of saying good night in Estonian

Estonian is a Finno-Ugric language spoken as the official language in Estonia. It is closely related to Finnish.

Faroese

  • Góða nátt

Faroese is a North Germanic language spoken as a first language by Faroe Islanders, residing on the Faroe Islands and in other areas, mainly Denmark.

Farsi / Persian

How to say good night in Persian:

  • شب بخير (shab bekheir)

  • شب خوش

  • Salam
    — is a more commonly used, casual greeting to use with friends.

Persian is an ancient language belonging to the Iranian branch of the Indo-Iranian subdivision of the Indo-European languages. It is a pluricentric language predominantly spoken and used officially within Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan.

Fijian

  • Ni sa moce

  • Moce

Fijian is an Austronesian language of the Malayo-Polynesian family. It is an official language of Fiji spoken by some 350,000–450,000 ethnic Fijians as a native language.

Finnish

  • Hyvää yötä

  • Öitä

Finns usually greet each other in an informal way, so you can use the casual greetings in 99% of all situations.

Finnish is a Finno-Ugric language spoken only in Finland as the official language and by ethnic Finns elsewhere in Scandinavia.

Flemish

  • Slapwel

Native to the historical region of Flanders in northern Belgium, Flemish is a Low Franconian dialect cluster of the Dutch language. It is sometimes referred to as Flemish Dutch, Belgian Dutch, or Southern Dutch spoken by over 6 million people.

French

How to say good night in French:

  • Bonne nuit
    — used to wish someone a goodnight in French when you know the other person is about to go to bed.
    Pronounced: bawn -nwee

  • Bonne soirée
    — to wish someone to have a good evening 
    Pronunciation: bonə swa re


French is a Romance language of the Indo-European family spoken by over 354 million people in France and around the world. It is the third most spoken language in Europe, the official language of 29 countries, spoken in parts of Africa, North America, and South America.

Frisian

  • Goeie nacht

  • Gou nåcht

  • Sliep lekker

The Frisian languages are a closely related group of Germanic languages, spoken by about 500,000 Frisian people, who live on the southern fringes of the North Sea in the Netherlands and Germany.

Georgian

  • ძილი ნებისა (dzili nebisa)

  • საღამო მშვიდობი სა (saghamo mshvidobisa)

Georgian is the official language of Georgia and the country’s most widely spoken language with over 4.1 million people.

German

Learn how to say good night in German:

  • Gute Nacht
    — used formally in German

German Deutsch is the official language of both Germany and Austria and one of the three official languages of Switzerland. German belongs to the West Germanic group of the Indo-European language family. One of the major languages of the world, German is a native language to almost 100 million people worldwide and the most widely spoken native language in the European Union.

Greek

How to say goodnight in Greek:

  • Καληνύχτα (Kaliníhta)

Greek (ελληνικά) belongs to the Hellenic branch of the Indo-European language family, mainly spoken in Greece and Cyprus an an official language. It has the longest documented history of any living Indo-European language, spanning more than 3000 years of written records. There are about 13.1 million speakers of Greek worldwide and it is recognised as a minority language in Albania, Armenia, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine.

Gujarati

  • શુભરાત્રિ (shubh ratri)

Gujarati is an Indo-Aryan language native to the Indian state of Gujarat and spoken predominantly by the Gujarati people. Gujarati is part of the greater Indo-European language family.

Haitian Creole

Say goodnight in Haiti:

  • Bònn nui

  • Bonswa

Haitian Creole (kreyòl ayisyen)) is a French-based creole language spoken by 10–12 million people worldwide and the only language of most Haitians. Along with French it is one of the official languages of Haiti.

Hausa

  • Allah ya ba mu alheri

  • Mu kwana lafiya

Hausa language, the most important indigenous bridge language in West and Central Africa, spoken as a first or second language by about 40–50 million people. It belongs to the Western branch of the Chadic language family within the Afro-Asiatic language phylum. It is spoken mainly in northern Nigeria and Niger, and also in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Congo, Eritrea, Germany, Ghana, Sudan and Togo.

Hawaiian

How to say good night in Hawaiian:

  • A hui hou

  • Aloha pō
    — this Hawaiian word is used for both welcome and parting. Additionally, the word is also used as an expression of love and well wishes. In fact, the expression is used so often, which is why Hawaii also goes by the nickname Aloha State.

The Hawaiian language is a Polynesian language that takes its name from Hawaiʻi, the largest island in the tropical North Pacific archipelago where it developed. Hawaiian, along with English, is an official language of the State of Hawaii, one of the best islands to visit.

Hebrew

  • לילה טוב (Laila tov) 

Hebrew is a Northwest Semitic language spoken by over nine million people worldwide. Historically, it is regarded as the language of the Israelites and their ancestors. It is written using its own script from right to left.

Hindi

How to say good night in Hindi:

  • नमस्ते (namaste)

  • शुभ रात्रि (śubh rātri)

Hindi (हिन्दी) is an Indo-European language spoken in India, Nepal, and throughout the Indian diaspora. Hindi is descended from Sanskrit, sometimes called “the mother of all languages.” While there are 22 official languages and over 1,000 dialects of India, Hindi and English take precedence in government affairs. It is a link-language for over half of India’s population.

Hmong

  • Pw zoo os

  • Nyob zoo 
    — used as an evening greeting

Hmong is a Hmong-Mien language spoken by about 2.6 million people in China, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, USA, and French Guiana.

Hopi

  • Nukwang Talöngva

Hopi is a Uto-Aztecan language spoken by the Hopi people in northeastern Arizona, USA.

Hungarian

How to say good night in Hungarian:

  • Jó éjszakát

Hungarian is a Uralic language of the Ugric branch spoken in Hungary and parts of several neighbouring countries. It is the official language of Hungary and one of the 24 official languages of the European Union.

Icelandic

  • Góða nótt

Icelandic (íslenska) is a North Germanic language spoken in Iceland as its official language. It’s most closely related to Faroese and Western Norwegian and has around 314,000 speakers. The language is more conservative than most other Western European languages.

Indonesian Bahasa

  • Selamat malam
    — used in the late evening/night

  • Selamat tidur
    — this is used as a greeting before before going to bed

Indonesian (bahasa Indonesia) is the official language of Indonesia.With over 230 million speakers, it is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is a group of varieties of Malay, an Austronesian language that has been used as the common language in the multilingual Indonesian archipelago for centuries. Indonesia uses the Latin alphabet system and Arabic numerals.

Inuktitut

  • ᐅᓐᓄᓴᒃᑯᑦ
    Unnuaqhatkut/Unnuaqsakkut

Inuktitut is an Eskimo-Aleut language spoken in Arctic territories and the topmost span of North America including Alaska and Northern Canada.

Irish

  • Oíche mhaith

  • Oíche mhaith agus codladh sámh
    — can also be used to say good night and sleep well

Irish (Gaeilge) is one of the three Goidelic languages, along with Scottish Gaelic and Manx. This Goidelic branch together with the Brythonic branch (Welsh, Cornish and Breton) form the Celtic language family.

Italian

How to say good night in Italian:

  • Buonanotte
    the most common way of saying good night in Italiano.

Italian (Italiano) is a Romance language of the Indo-European language family spoken by over 90 million people, the vast majority of which are in Italy, Sicily and Sardinia. It is the official language of Italy, San Marino, and the Vatican City, closely descended from Latin.

Japanese

Saying good night in Japanese:

  • おやすみなさい (Oyasumi nasai)
    — This term is the best way to greet someone when parting ways on leaving a gathering or when going to bed.

  • おやすみ oyasumi
    — an informal and friendly way of saying goodnight in Japanese

Japanese (日本語 Nihongo) is an East Asian language of the Japonic language family. It is spoken by about 125 million people, mostly in Japan, where it is the official and national language. Bowing, dating back to the 5th century, is a huge part of Japanese culture and is a sign of respect. In Japan, people readily bow to one another rather than actually saying the words.

Jamaican Patois

  • Gud nite

Jamaican Patois, often also referred to as Jamaican Creole, is an English-based creole language with West African influences spoken mainly in Jamaica. Belonging to the English Creole language family, it is spoken by the the majority of Jamaicans with over 3 million native speakers.

Kannada

  • ಶುಭರಾತ್ರಿ (shubharātri)

Kannada, spoken by nearly 45 million native speakers, is a Dravidian language of the people of Karnataka in southwestern India, and by significant linguistic minorities in the states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Kerala and abroad.

Kazakh

  • Қайырлы түн (Qayırlı tün)

Kazakh is a Turkic language of the Kipchak branch spoken in Central Asia and the official language of Kazakhstan. The language comprises 21 million native speakers including regions of Bayan-Ulgii in Mongolia and the Dzungarian region of Xinjiang, China.

Korean

How to say good night in Korean:

  • 잘자 (jal jja)
    — this is the most common and informal way to say good night.

  • 안녕히 주무십시요 (annyeong-hi jumusipsio)
    — used formally

Korean, an East Asian language, is the official language of South Korea (Republic of Korea) and North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) spoken by more than 75 million people.

Kurdish

  • Shevabash

  • Shaw Khosh

Kurdish is spoken by about 30 million Kurds in western Asia including parts of Kurdistan, Iraq, Turkey, Iran, and Syria. It is one of the Indo-Iranian languages, ranks as the third largest Iranian language, after Persian and Pashto.

Kyrgyz

  • Түнүңүз бейпил болсун!
    (Tününgüz beypil bolsun!)

Kyrgyz is a member of the Kipchak branch of the Turkic language family spoken by over 4 million speakers mainly in Kyrgyzstan, and also in China, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Turkey.

Lao

  • ຝັນດີ (fun dee)

  • ນອນຫຼັບຝັນດີ (non lub fun dee)

Lao is the main language of Laos. It is a Kra–Dai language serving as a common language among all citizens of Laos, who speak approximately 90 other languages, many of which are unrelated to Lao. Modern Lao is heavily influenced by the Thai language and comprises over 30 million native speakers.

Latin

How do you say goodnight in Latin:

  • Bona Noctem
  • Bonum Noctem

Latin was the dominant language of the Roman Empire from 6th century BC to 600 AD. When the Roman Empire collapsed, Latin evolved into the various languages that we know today. Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Romanian all consider Latin as their parent tongue. Latin is a classical language belonging to the Italic branch of the Indo-European languages.

Latvian

  • Ar labunakti

Latvian (latviešu valoda) is an Indo-European Eastern Baltic language spoken in the Baltic region. It is the official language of Latvia and one of the official languages of the European Union.

Limburgish

  • Gojenach

Limburgish is a member of the East Low Franconian group of the Germanic languages considered a variety of German or Dutch by many people. It is spoken by around 1.6 million people in the Netherlands and Belgium.

Lingala

  • Butu elamu

  • Lala elamu

Lingala is a Bantu language spoken throughout the northwestern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a large part of the Republic of the Congo by over 70 million people.

Lithuanian

Good night to you in Lithuanian:

  • Labanakt

  • Labos nakties

Lithuanian (lietuvių kalba) is an Eastern Baltic language spoken in the Baltic region as the official language of Lithuania. It is also one of the official languages of the European Union spoken by just under 3 million native speakers. The language is one of the oldest in the world.

Luganda

  • Sula bulungi

Luganda, a Bantu language, is an official language of Uganda along with English and Swahili. It is spoken primarily in Kampala, but may be understood in much of the country and in the African Great Lakes region.

Luxembourgish

  • Gutt Nuecht

Luxembourgish is a West Germanic language that is spoken mainly in Luxembourg. About 390,000 people speak Luxembourgish worldwide.

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Macedonian

  • Добра ноќ (Dobra nokj)

Macedonian, the official language of the Republic of North Macedonia, is a south Slavic language spoken as a first language by 2 million people.

Malagasy

  • Tsara mandry o

Malagasy is the national language of Madagascar belonging to the Austronesian Malayo-Polynesia family of languages spoken by 25 million people.

Malay

  • Selamat malam

Malay (Bahasa Melayu) is an Austronesian language spoken as the sole official language of Malaysia and Brunei. It is also heard in Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand at a total of 250 – 300 million speakers.

Malayalam

  • ശുഭ രാത്രി (subha rāthri)

Malayalam (മലയാളം) belongs to the Dravidian language family, spoken mostly in the Southern Indian states of Kerala and Lakshadweep. Around 36 million people use this language, which is one of the 22 official languages of India.

Maltese

Say night in Maltese:

  • Il-lejl it-tajjeb

Maltese, a language of central Semitic origin written in the Latin script, is the national language of the island of Malta. It is spoken by around 420,000 people on the Mediterranean islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino. The Maltese language developed from Sicilian Arabic, Over the centuries, it has incorporated many words derived from English, Italian and French.

Maori

  • Pō mārie

Māori is an Eastern Polynesian language spoken by the Māori people, the indigenous population of New Zealand. it has also gained recognition as one of New Zealand’s official languages.

Marathi

  • शुभ रात्री (shubha rātrī)

Marathi is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by around 83.1 million Marathi people of Maharashtra, India. It is the official language and co-official language in the Maharashtra and Goa states of Western India, respectively, and is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India.

Marshallese

  • Io̧kwe in jota

  • Good night!
    — can also be used

Marshallese, also known as Ebon, is a Micronesian language spoken in the Marshall Islands by about 44,000 people. It is an official language of the Marshall Islands, along with English, and is used as the language of instruction in most primary schools.

Mongolian

  • Сайхан амраарай (Saikhan amraarai)

  • Сайхан нойрсоорой (Saikhan noirsooroi)

Mongolian is the official language of Mongolia and both the most widely-spoken and best-known member of the Mongolic language family. It is an Altaic language spoken by approximately 5 million people in Mongolia, China, Afghanistan and Russia.

Nepali

How to say good-night in Nepali:

  • शुभ रात्रि (śubha rātri)

  • भिं चा (bhiṅ cā)

Nepali (नेपाली), is an Indo-Aryan language of the sub-branch of Eastern Pahari written in Devanagari script It is the sole official language of Nepal and one of the 22 scheduled languages of India. While most Nepalese people speak at least some Nepali, there are more than 100 different languages and dialects spoken in Nepal.

Neapolitan

  • bonanòtte

Neapolitan is a Romance language of the Italo-Dalmatian group spoken across much of southern Italy by 6 million people. It is related to but generally not mutually intelligible with Italian.

Northern Sotho

  • Robalang gabotse

Northern Sotho is a Bantu language spoken primarily in South Africa, where it is one of the 11 official languages. It is spoken by about 4.2 million people in the South African provinces of Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

Norwegian

Say good night in Norwegian:

  • God natt

Norwegian (norsk) is a Germanic language derived from Old Norse spoken primarily in Norway by over 5 million people where it is the official language.

Odia

  • ସୁଭରାତ୍ର (shubharaatra)

Odia is an Indo-Aryan language spoken in the Indian state of Odisha where it is the official language.

Oromo

  • Nagayattii buli

Oromo is a Cushitic language spoken by about 30 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Egypt. It is the third largest language in Africa.

Papiamento

  • Bon nochi

Papiamento is a Portuguese-based creole language spoken in the Dutch Caribbean by less than 500,00 native speakers. It is the most-widely spoken language on the Caribbean ABC islands, having official status in Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao.

Pashto

Night in Pashto:

  • شپه مو په خير (shpa mo pa kheyr)

Pashto is an Eastern Iranian language in the Indo-European family spoken in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. It is an official language of Afghanistan along with Dari.

Polish

Say good night in Polish:

  • Dobranoc

Polish (polski) is a West Slavic language spoken by about 45 million people. Said to be one of the hardest languages to learn, it is the official language of Poland. It is understood and can be used for communication in the western parts of Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania.

Portugese

Learn of how to say good night in Portuguese:

  • Boa noite

Portuguese (português) is a Romance language spoken as the official language of Portugal and Brazil. It is also the official language of Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé e Principe, Angola, Mozambique, and the co-official language of East Timor, and Macau. There are around 250 million native Portuguese speakers worldwide.

Punjabi

  • ਸ਼ੁੱਭ ਰਾਤਰੀ 
    (shubh rātri)

Punjabi is an Indo-Aryan language with more than 130 million native speakers in the Indian subcontinent and around the world. It is the 10th most spoken language in the world.

Romanian

Say good night in Romanian:

  • Noapte bună

Romanian (limba română) is a Balkan Romance language spoken by approximately 24–26 million people as a native language, primarily in Romania and Moldova, and by another 4 million people as a second language. Although it descended from Vulgar Latin, Romanian was influenced by Slavic and Greek languages in the Middle Ages. It is an official and national language of both Romania and Moldova.

Russian

How to say goodnight in Russian:

  • Спокойной ночи! (Spokoynoy nochi!)

  • Доброй ночи! (Dobroy nochi!)

Russian is an East Slavic language spoken by 300+ million people worldwide. It is  is an official language in the Russian Federation, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, and many other people in Central Asia, the Baltic states, the Caucasus, and Eastern Europe know it as a second language. Commonly written in Cyrillic, it is the 8th most widely spoken language in the world.

Samoan

  • Manuia le po

Samoan is the official language spoken in the Samoan Islands, which is made up of the Independent State of Samoa and the American Samoa. The language is the most spoken of the Polynesian language family with a total of 510,000 speakers worldwide.

Scots Gaelic

  • Oidhche mhath

Scots Gaelic is a Goidelic language of the Celtic and Indo-European language family, native to the Gaels of Scotland. As a Goidelic language, Scottish Gaelic, like Modern Irish and Manx, developed out of Middle Irish.

Serbian

  • Лаку ноћ (Laku noć)

Serbian is a South Slavic language spoken mainly in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and Macedonia by about 9 million people. Serbian is the official and main language of Serbia and Montenegro.

Sesotho

  • Fonane
    — singular
  • Fonaneng

Sesotho (Sotho) is a Southern Bantu language of the Sotho-Tswana group, spoken primarily by the Basotho in Lesotho, where it is the national and official language, South Africa, where it is one of the 11 official languages and in Zimbabwe where it is one of 16 official languages.

Shanghainese Wu

  • 晚安(wö ä)

Shanghainese, part of the Sino-Tibetan language family, is a variety of Wu Chinese spoken in the central districts of the City of Shanghai and its surrounding areas by 10 – 14 million speakers.

Shona

  • Urare zvakanaka

  • Murare Zvakanaka

Shona, one of the most widely spoken Bantu languages, is the main language in Zimbabwe.

Sinhala

  • සුභ රාත්‍රියක් (subha rāhthriyak)

Sinhala is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by approximately 16 million Sinhalese people in Sri Lanka and is one of two official languages of Sri Lanka.

Slovak

  • Dobrú noc

Slovak, the official language of Slovakia, is a West Slavic language where it is spoken by approximately 5.6 million people.

Slovenian

  • Lahko noč

Slovenian, an Indo-European language of the South Slavic language branch is the official and national language of Slovenia spoken by less than 3 million people.

Somali

  • Habeen wanaagsan

Somali, an Afro-Asiatic language spoken by over 16 million people, is an official language of Somalia, a national language in Djibouti, and a working language in the Somali Region of Ethiopia.

Spanish

How do you say good night in Spanish:

  • Buenas noches
    — Buenas is the feminine form of the adjective bueno, meaning good. Noches translates as “nights.”
    pronounced: boo-EHN-ahs noh-chays

  • Dulces sueños
    translates as sweet dreams

Spanish is the second most widely used language in the world natively spoken by more than 437 million people including Spain, most of Central and South America, Mexico and the USA. There are over 21 countries in the world that have Spanish as their official language. It is a Romance language that originated in the Iberian Peninsula.

Sundanese

  • Wilujeng kulem

Sundanese is a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken by about 39 million people mainly in western Java in Indonesia. There are also speakers in Banten, Jakarta, parts of western Central Java and southern Lampung. It is the third most-spoken language in Indonesia.

Swahili

  • Usiku mwema

  • Lala salama

Swahili is a Bantu languages spoken by the Swahili communities in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Swati

  • Lishonile sihlobo sami

Swati is a Bantu language of the Nguni group spoken in Eswatini and South Africa by the Swazi people. It is the official language of Swaziland(along with English) and since 1994 one of the nine indigenous languages to enjoy official recognition in South Africa. The number of speakers is estimated to be in the region of 2.4 million.

Swedish

How to say good night in Swedish:

  • God natt

Swedish is a North Germanic language, closely related to Norwegian and Danish spoken by around 10 million people. A descendant of Old Norse, it is the national language of Sweden and the official language of the Åland Islands.

Swiss German

  • Guet Nacht

Swiss German is the collective name for the great variety of Upper German dialects spoken in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, in the Austrian province of Vorarlberg, in parts of Baden-Württemberg in Germany and Alsace in France.

Good night in other languages

Tagalog Filipino

  • Gudnayt

  • Matutulog na ako

Tagalog is an Austronesian language spoken as a first language by a quarter of the population of the Philippines and as a second language by the majority. Its standardized form, officially named Filipino, is the national language of the Philippines, and is one of two official languages alongside English.

Tahitian

  • Taoto maita’i

Tahitian belongs to the Eastern Polynesian language group, spoken mainly on the Society Islands in French Polynesia and Bora Bora.

Taiwanese Hokkien

  • 暗安 (àm-an)

  • 晚安 (bóan-an)

Taiwanese Hokkien is the Hokkien dialect of Min Nan as spoken by about 70 percent of the population of Taiwan.

Tajik

Good night in Tajik:

  • Шаб ба хайр (Šab ba xajr)

  • Шаби хуш (Šabi xuš)

Tajik is the main language of Tajikistan, closely related to Farsi and Kurdish. Since the late 1930s, it is written using a variant of the Cyrillic script.

Tamil

  • இரவு வணக்கம் (iravu vanakkam)
    — formal

  • ராவு வணக்க (raavu vanakkã)
    — informal

Tamil is a Dravidian language spoken in southern India, Sri Lanka and Singapore by about 67.5 million people.

Tatar

  • Xäyerle tön Әйбәт төн

Tatar (татарча), the national language of the Tatars, is a Turkic language spoken mainly in the Russian republic of Tatarstan as well as Siberia by about 7 million people in Central Asia. It refers to the Volga-Kipchak Kipchak subgroup of the Turkic group of languages. 

Telugu

  • శుభ రాత్రి (shubha raathri)

Telugu is a Dravidian language spoken in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and the union territories of Puducherry by 75 million Telugu people.

Thai

How to say goodnight in Thai:

  • ราตรีสวัสดิ์ (raa-dtree sà-wàt)

Thai ภาษาไทย, the sole official and national language of Thailand, spoken by 50 million people, belongs to the Tai group of the Kra–Dai language family of Southeast Asia.

Tibetan

  • གཟིམ་ལཇག་གནང་དགོས་། (sim-jah nahng-go)

Tibetan is an official language of the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. The Tibetic languages are a cluster of Tibeto-Burman languages descended from Old Tibetan, spoken across a wide area of eastern Central Asia bordering the Indian subcontinent, including the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalayas.

Tsalagi Cherokee

  • ᎣᏍᏓ ᏒᏃᏱ (Osda enoyi)

Cherokee (Tsalagi) belongs to the Iroquoian language family. The Cherokee language is unique among Native American languages in that it is both a written and spoken language.

Tsonga

  • U etlela kahle

Tsonga is a Bantu language spoken by the Tsonga people totalling 12 million people mainly in South Africa, but also Mozambique and Eswatini.

Tswana

  • Borôkô

  • Robala sentle

Tswana is a Bantu language spoken by about 4.4 million people in Bostwana, where it is the national and majority language, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The majority of speakers, about 3.6 million, live in South Africa, where the language is officially recognised.

Turkish

Good night in Turkish language:

  • İyi geceler

Turkish is a Turkic language believed to be of the Altaic language family spoken mainly in Turkey, Northern Cyprus, Cyprus and other countries of the former Ottoman Empire by about 88 million people.

Ukrainian

Good night in Ukrainian:

  • На добраніч (Na dobranič)

Ukrainian is an Eastern Slavic language spoken mainly in Ukraine by about 51 million people.

Urdu

  • شب بخیر (shab bākhair)

Urdu is the official national language and lingua franca of Pakistan. It is a member of the Indo-Aryan group within the Indo-European family of languages and is mutually intelligible with Hindi.

Uzbek

  • Hayirli tun

Uzbek is a Turkic language that is the official national language of Uzbekistan spoken by around 27 million people.

Vietnamese

How to say goodnight in Vietnamese:

  • Chúc ngủ ngon

Vietnamese is an Austroasiatic language spoken mainly in Vietnam, where it is the national and official language, by about 82 million people.

Welsh

How to say good night in Welsh:

  • Nos da

Welsh is a Brittonic language of the Celtic language family spoken natively in Wales, and by some in England.

Xhosa

  • Ulale kakuhle

  • Hambani kakuhle

Xhosa is a Nguni Bantu language with click consonants and is one of the official languages of South Africa. It is spoken as a first language by approximately 8.2 million people and by another 11 million as a second language in South Africa, mostly in Eastern Cape Province.

Yiddish

  • אַ גוטע נאַכט (A gute nakht) 

Yiddish is the historical language of the Ashkenazi Jews originating during the 9th century in Central Europe. Belonging to the Indo-European language family, it is spoken by 1.5 million people.

Yoruba

  • O da aarọ

Yoruba is a pluricentric language spoken in West Africa with the number of speakers estimated between 30 and 40 million. It is a language spoken principally in Nigeria and Benin, with communities in Sierra Leone, Liberia, other parts of Africa.

Zulu

Say good night in Africa Zulu:

  • Lala kahle

Zulu is a member of the Bantu/Nguni family of languages. It is one of the official languages of South Africa spoken by about 10 million people mainly in Zululand and northern Natal in South Africa and also in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique and Eswatini.

Good Night in Other Languages – BONUS

Good night in a different language world

American Sign Language (ASL)

How to say good night in American Sign Language:

  • First sign good by touching one flat hand to your chin and bringing it down to meet your other hand, which is at about waist height and palm up.

  • Next sign night by bringing one arm parallel to your body and then rest the forearm of the other arm on the fingertips of the first. Slowly lower the second hand.

  • The two steps together makes good night

American Sign Language is a complete, natural language that has the same linguistic properties as spoken languages, with grammar that differs from English, expressed by movements of the hands and face.

British Sign Language (BSL)

How to say good night in British Sign Language:

  • The sign for “good” is a thumbs up, either one hand or both.

  • This is immediately followed with open hands with palms facing inwards and move them down in front of body to finish horizontally.

British Sign Language is a sign language used in the United Kingdom as the first or preferred language of some deaf people. The language makes use of space and involves movement of the hands, body, face, and head.

Espetanto

  • Bonan nokton

Esperanto is an artificially constructed language and belongs to no linguistic family, with most of its vocabulary coming from the Romance languages. This phonetic language is the most widely spoken constructed international auxiliary language.

Klingon

Say good night in Klingon:

  • maj ram

  • yInajchu’

Klingon is a language that was made for the Klingons in the Star Trek movie. It is a constructed language, and not one that developed naturally. Only a few people can speak the Klingon language well enough to talk in it.

Minionese

  • Buen gibi

Minionese spoken by the minions of the Despicable Me movie series appears to be a polyglot language which borrows words and grammatical rules from many different languages.

Na’vi

  • Txon lefpom livu ngar

Na’vi is a constructed language, created for the fictional Na’vi, the humanoid inhabitants of the moon Pandora in the 2009 film Avatar.

Quenya

  • Maer Daw

Quenya is one of the fictional languages devised by J. R. R. Tolkien and used by the immortal Elves in the Lord of the Rings and as inspiration for countless travel quotes. Tolkien began devising the language around 1910 and restructured the grammar several times until Quenya reached its final state. The vocabulary remained relatively stable throughout the creation process.


Before you go! Don’t forget to check out how to say….


GOOD MORNING: Good morning in different languages


I LOVE YOU: LOVE in different languages


THANK YOU: Read this guide to say thanks in every language of the world


HELLO: Read this guide to say hi in every language of the world.


GOOD BYE: Read this guide to say bye in other languages.

Aaaaaaaand now you know… how to say good night in other languages of the world!

OVER TO YOU GUYS! How do you express goodnight greetings in your language? Extra points if you can speak several languages… Let me know in the comments.

Buenas nochesssssss,

Rai

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