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In this lesson you’ll learn basic greetings for the appropriate time of the day. As there are a few to cover, let's jump right in.

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In Afrikaans, the way you greet people depends completely on the time of day. The way to say “Good morning” is Goeie môre. Let's break it down by syllable.
(slow) Goeie môre
Now let's hear it one more time.
Goeie môre
First, we have “Good,” or in Afrikaans goeie.
(slow) goeie
Next we have the word “morning,” which in Afrikaans is..
(slow) môre
Once, again “good morning.”
(slow) Goeie môre
Goeie môre
Goeie môre is appropriate in both formal and informal situations. The phrases that you’ll hear in this lesson can be used in any situation.
In the afternoon, you’ll want to say Goeie middag, which means “Good afternoon.”
(slow) Goeie middag.
Goeie middag.
As we mentioned before, goeie means “good.” middag means “afternoon.”
(slow) middag
Let’s hear the whole phrase once again.
(slow) Goeie middag.
Goeie middag.
In the evening South Africans say Goeie naand, which means "Good evening." Let's hear it one more time.
(slow) Goeie naand.
Goeie naand.
Goeie means “good,” then we have the word for “evening,” which is Aand in Afrikaans.
(slow) Aand
But in the expression Goeie naand, we run the ‘a’ of aand together with an ‘n’ to make it easier to pronounce.
Let’s hear it again. “Good evening.”
(slow) Goeie naand.
Goeie naand.
With friends you can simply say “Hi there,” which is hi daar in Afrikaans.
(slow) hi daar
hi daar
Note that this can be used only in informal situations. Another informal greeting is Dag, meaning, "Day” as in “a good day.”
(slow) Dag.
When you see your friends in South Africa, simply say hi daar or dag.