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Bulgarian in Bulgaria


Greetings and Etiquette

Greetings between young and old are initiated by the younger person, who speaks first and extends a hand for a handshake. Close relatives or female friends may kiss each other on each cheek; men stick to handshakes. A wave means either "hi" or "bye" and is appropriate in informal situations.The phrase "Good morning" is said until noon, "good day" from noon until 6, "good evening" from 6 onward, and "good night" is reserved for the last parting of the night.

Videos

  • "Informal Greetings"
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  • "Hello"
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  • "Goodbye"
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  • "Waving to a Friend"
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  • "Greeting a Close Relative"
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  • "Greeting Between Close Female Friends"
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  • "Greeting Between Male Friends"
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  • "Hello"
    (informal)
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  • "Hello"
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  • "Good morning"

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  • "Good day/afternoon"

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  • "Good evening"

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  • "Good night"

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  • "How are you?"
    (formal)
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  • "How are you?"
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  • "I'm pleased to meet you."

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  • "Goodbye"
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  • "Goodbye"
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