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What's the origin of the phrase "hej då"?

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I mean, what does it mean exactly, why do they say bye in Swedish as "hi then"? My uneducated guess that it's saying hi in advance for the next time you meet.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/HelenCarlsson
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I have tried to find a reason for adding "då" to "hej", but haven't succeeded. It's quite common though to add "då" to a word/phrase, e.g. "ja då", "jo då" and "nej då" (often pronounced "jarå", "jorå" and "nejrå"). So I guess people started to say "hej då" instead of "hej" and eventually, for some reason, it meant the opposite of "hej".

Well, at least I tried :).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Berniebud
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I've noticed that "Hej" is kind of flexible. I've heard Swedes end phone calls with "Hej hej" or even just "Hej". I guess it's just not strictly a greeting like it is in English. Slightly closer to "Aloha" where it just depends on context.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SteveLando
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It means what you say first, that is, 'hello', and then 'goodbye then' - of you go:)

2 years ago

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I mean, why do they say "hi then"? What does it refer to?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/landsend
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Hi ad Hej are not exact equivalents.

2 years ago

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Do go on.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/landsend
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Well, for example you can use "hej" in a phrase that means "bye" but you can't do something similar with "hi".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ragityman

My point exactly!

9 months ago

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My guess is that Hej! doesn't exactly mean just "hi". Think of Italian "ciao", or Hawaiian "aloha", which are used both as a greeting on meeting, and also at departure.

9 months ago