https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Matt92HUN

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

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.

October 1, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LucasFaijdherbe

I'm not really sure why this is in Swedish, but in Dutch we have the word "dag". You can use it as "Hello", but also as "Bye" e.g: - "Dag, ❤❤❤ gaat het met jou?" (Hello, how are you?) - "Goed, maar ik moet nu gaan, dag!" (I'm fine, but I've got to go, bye!)

Maybe the Swedish "Hej" is like the Dutch dag, but to clarify things a bit, they use då?

No idea if this is true in any way, but it would be nice if I guessed it right :D

Any swedes who know more about this?

October 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HelenCarlsson

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 :).

October 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Berniebud

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.

October 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SteveLando

It means what you say first, that is, 'hello', and then 'goodbye then' - of you go:)

October 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Matt92HUN

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

October 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/landsend

Hi ad Hej are not exact equivalents.

October 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Matt92HUN

Do go on.

October 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/landsend

Well, for example you can use "hej" in a phrase that means "bye" but you can't do something similar with "hi".

October 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ragityman

My point exactly!

November 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ragityman

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.

November 27, 2017
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