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When you need to have a conversation with a neighbor or a colleague during a coffee break, you can opt for these informal greetings.
“Bună” and “Salut” are the most popular greetings for informal situations. In general, they are followed by the person’s name:
This is a casual way of asking “How are you?” People prefer to ask one of these questions after the main greeting. It is followed by a positive answer.
This common phrase is used to greet an old friend or begin a conversation with a person you have not seen for a very long time. This expression is often followed by questions like “How are you?” or “What’s new?” Ce este nou?
When you are meeting someone under formal circumstances such as in a business meeting or meeting an important person for the first time, you have to use some of these formal greetings.
The greetings change but it depends on the time of the day.
To show your respect, you can also add the person’s last name to your greeting:
When you meet someone for the first time you will most probably use the formal ‘Dumneavoastră’ when addressing them. We are using this form “Dumneavoastră” quite a lot in formal situations. For instance when talking with people you respect or in a formal workplace environment. So if you are finding yourself in a situation of speaking Romanian and you are not sure about the polite form, you can use directly the form “tu”, it is more common and don’t be concerned, this will not be a mistake.
Încântată de cunoștință ( feminine form ) -Pleased to meet you Încântat de cunoștință ( masculine form ) -Pleased to meet you
These are respectful greetings and you can use them when you want to reply to someone you meet for the very first time.