4 ways to say good night in Spanish
One of the first things that we need to learn when we travel to a foreign country is how to greet in the language spoken there so that we show respect for their culture and customs.
So, if you’re planning a trip to Spain or Latin America, it’s a great idea to learn how to say good night in Spanish, as this phrase doesn’t always translate literally from English.
If you’d like to explore how to tell good night in Spanish in different contexts, or you’re interested in learning flirting ways to wish someone a good evening in Spanish to your corazoncito, then this is the right article for you!
1. How do you say good night in Spanish?
The simplest and most extended way to say good night in Spanish is buenas noches. The translation is rather straightforward, except for the fact that the Spanish version is plural in form, so its literal translation would be “good nights”. Another difference between the two phrases is when they are used.
As Spanish lacks the greeting good evening, and moves directly from buenas tardes (good afternoon) to buenas noches (good evening, good night), the latter is actually used within a broader period of time than its English counterpart, and for more purposes. It's appropriate in formal and informal contexts.
Also, this might be an excellent time to revise some well-known other greetings in Spanish!
Check out this short video from Spring Spanish's YouTube channel and be prepared to say buenas noches in Spanish!
And now, let's move on!
We can say buenas noches (good night) when we:
- arrive at a place any time after sunset and until we go to bed
- leave a place provided that it is dark outside
- are going to bed
A similar expression, also widely used in all Spanish-speaking countries is Hasta mañana. Its literal translation is “until tomorrow”, and it is equivalent to saying See you tomorrow (Nos vemos mañana) in English.
Hasta mañana can be used when you’re going to sleep at night, or at any time of the day to farewell someone that you won’t be seeing until the following day, like your colleagues at work or at school.
2. Buenas noches, tengas buenas noches and other ways of saying sweet dreams
There are several alternative ways to wish someone a nice night in Spanish, depending on who you are addressing and the closeness of your relationship.
For example, it is very common to simply say to your little kids:
- “Que sueñes con los angelitos” – (Dream with the little angels)
- “Que tengas dulces sueños” – (Have sweet dreams)
You would rather tell an adult:
- “Que pases buenas noches” (Have a good night).
Take a look at the following chart to see the different expressions and pronunciations, when to use them, and an example to make them clear.
|Buenas noches||Good night||When arriving||Buenas noches, ¿cómo están? – (Good evening, how are you all?)|
|Buenas noches||Good night||When leaving||Buenas noches a todos. Hasta mañana. – (Good evening, everyone. See you tomorrow. )|
|Buenas noches||Good night||When going to sleep||Buenas noches, mi amor. Que descanses. – (Goodnight, my love. Sleep well.)|
|Hasta mañana||Good night||When leaving||Hasta mañana, Sr. Perez. Lo veo en la oficina a las 9 am. – (Goodbye, Mr. Perez. I’ll see you at the office at 9 am.)|
|Hasta mañana||Good night||When going to sleep||Hasta mañana, Tesoro. Que descanses. – (Goodnight, Darling. Sleep well.)|
|Que tengas buenas noches (tú, vos)||Have a good night||Informal: to address friends and acquaintances.||Que tengas buenas noches, mamá. – (Have a goodnight, mum.)|
|Que tenga (una) buena noche (usted)||Have a good night||Formal: to address people of a higher hierarchy or older than you.||Que tenga una buena noche, doctor. – (Have a Good night, doctor.)|
|Que pases buenas noches (tú, vos)||Have a good night||Informal: to address friends and acquaintances.||Que pases buenas noches, mamá. – (Have a goodnight, mum.)|
|Que pase (una) buena noche (usted)||Have a good night||Formal: to address people of a higher hierarchy or older than you.||Que pase una buena noche, doctor. – (Have a Good night, doctor.)|
|Que duermas bien (tú, vos)||Have a good night.||Informal: to address friends and acquaintances.||Hasta mañana, Germán. Que duermas bien. – (Good night, Germán. Sleep well.)|
|Que duerma bien (usted)||Sleep well.||Formal: to address people of a higher hierarchy or older than you.||Hasta mañana, señora. Que duerma bien. – (Good night, madam. Have a good rest.)|
|Que descanses (tú, vos)||Sleep well Have a good rest.||Informal: to address friends and acquaintances.||Hasta mañana, Germán. Que duermas bien. – (Good night, Germán. Sleep well.)|
|Que descanse (usted)||Sleep well Have a good rest.||Formal: to address people of a higher hierarchy or older than you.||Hasta mañana, señora. Que duerma bien. – (Good night, madam. Have a good rest.)|
Notice the use of the structure QUE + PRESENT SUBJUNCTIVE (2nd person) + COMPLEMENT in:
- “Que duerma/s bien”
- “Que descanse/s”
- “Que tenga/s buenas noches”
This is how you wish them a good night in Spanish, and even though imperative can be used, it sounds more like a command in Spanish, so it is less used:
- “Duerme bien” (tú)
- “Duerma bien” (usted)
- “Descansa” (tú)
- “Descanse” (usted)
- “Ten buenas noches” (tú)
- “Tenga buenas noches” (usted)
3. How to say “Goodnight, my love” in Spanish
There are many flirty ways to say goodnight in Spanish, the simplest being “Buenas noches, mi amor” (Goodnight, my love). Yet, there are many words of endearment in Spanish that can replace “mi amor”.
Take a look at these evening phrases and various ways to spice up your flirting with your amor!
- Buenas noches, mi amor. – (Goodnight, my love.)
- Hasta mañana, mi cielo. – (Good night, my darling.)
- Que descanses, mi vida. – (Sleep well, my dear.)
- Que sueñes conmigo, corazón. (May you dream of me, darling.)
- Sueña conmigo, corazón. – (Dream of me, darling.)
Other ways of saying “Good night, my love” in Spanish
|Dulces sueños, mi amor. |
Que tengas dulces sueños, mi amor.
|Sweet dreams, my love.|
Have sweet dreams, my love.
|Hasta mañana, guapo.|
Hasta mañana, guapa.
|Good night, handsome.|
Good night, beautiful.
|Buenas noches, bebé.||Goodnight, baby.|
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