"How To Say “Good Night” In Different Languages"

8 June 2023
By Sarah Angela Almaden
Japanese House
Harper Collins / Goodnight Moon

There’s this American bedtime story, called Goodnight Moon written by Margaret Wise Brown, that’s been wishing children all around the world a “good night.” It’s a simple story, and it highlights the beauty of everyday things you can find in the room around you. Moreover, its series of lulling messages wishing a good night to the moon, to the stars, to the air, and to the noises everywhere have been the go-to-sleep phrases for many, many people for 70+ years. So, it’s more than safe to say that if you ever need a little something to kickstart your bedtime, you could read this wonderful story and wish everyone and everything around you a good night just like the young bunny in Wise’s classic.

P.S. – If you want to zhuzh your “good night” greeting, here’s a short list of how to say it in other languages.

  • English: Good night (good night)
  • French: Bonne nuit (bon nwee)
  • Italian: Buona notte (bwona nohteh)
  • Korean: 잘 자요 (jal jayo)
  • Japanese: おやすみなさい (oyasuminasai)
  • Hindi: शुभ रात्रि (shub raatree)
  • Norwegian: God natt (goo nat)
  • Swedish: God natt (goonat)
  • German: Gute Nacht (gooteh nakt)
  • Dutch: Goedenacht (khoodeh nakt)
  • Afrikaans: Goeienag (khooyeh nakh)
  • Turkish: İyi geceler (eeyee gejelehr)
  • Tagalog: Magandang gabi (magandang gabi)
  • Vietnamese: Chúc ngủ ngon (chuk ngoo ngon)
  • European Portuguese: Boa noite (bowah noycheh)
  • Russian: Доброй ночи (dobroy nochi)
  • Brazilian Portuguese: Boa noite (bowah noycheh)
  • Danish: Godnat (goonet)
  • Swahili: Usiku mwema (oosikoo mwehmah)
  • Mandarin Chinese: 晚安 (wǎn'ān)
  • Polish: Dobranoc (dobranots)
  • Greek: Καληνύχτα (kalinýchta)
  • Finnish: Hyvää yötä (heevaa yohtaa)