Being in a foreign place can sometimes create a sense of unease. Knowing something of the culture, the language, or the people ahead of time can cause the uneasiness to subside. Speaking another language can be quite impressive, however, it is also a way into the heart of the people with whom you interact from this "foreign" place. Knowing how to say simple phrases such as "good night" in different languages can be the beginning of a new relationship.
Say "Good Night" in German. Pronounce the first word, "Guten" (which means "good"), like this--gooten. The next word is "Nacht" (which means "night"); the "t" is silent, it sounds like "knock," and this is where it sounds like you have peanut butter in the back of your throat because the last "k" gives a soft, yet clearly articulated sound.
Say "Good Night" in French. Depending on the situation you are in, there are two ways you can say "Good Night." Use "Bonsoir," which sounds like "boh-swahr," only if you are departing company with someone. Use "Bonne nuit," which sounds like "bohn nwee," if you and your company will be going to sleep soon.
Say "Good Night" in Japanese. Japanese words are generally spoken as they apppear. Say "Oyasuminasai," which sounds like "oh-yah-soo-mee nah-sigh."
Say "Good Night" in Russian. If you are parting company, or heading to bed for the evening, say “Spokojnoj Nochi,” which sounds like "spah-kohy-nuhy noh-chee." This phrase may be used both formally and informally. You may also use “Poka” a phrase used in very informal settings. It sounds like “pah-kah” and means "bye" or "see you later."
Say "Good Night" in Hebrew. There are two ways to say “Good Night” in Hebrew. “Lilah Tov” is most commonly used; it is pronounced "lye-lah tohv" and the “h” is silent. You may also use “Chalomot Paz,” wishing someone "golden dreams" and it sounds like "cha-loh-moht pahz."
Use "Dobranoc,” to say “Good Night” in Polish. It sounds like "doe brah nots." There is a slight drag and emphasis on the "brah" and the "s" has a quick, soft hissing sound.
- At sundown on Friday the Jewish Sabbath begins and continues until nightfall Saturday night. During this entire time, the appropriate phrase to use is “Shabbat Shalom,” it sounds like "shah-baht shah-lohm" and means “have a peaceful Sabbath.” Once the Sabbath ends you may resume use of the appropriate phrases for “Good Night.”
LaTasha Favors has been writing professionally since 2008. She specializes in travel- and health-related topics and has published articles on various websites, including Search-costa-rica.com and MyFrenchRealEstate.com.