When do you use 'good evening' to greet someone? I was told sometime ago that you start to use that around 4 o'clock however I just read that you should start at 6 o'clock. so which is right?
Here in Brazil we don't have a term like 'good evening'. After the sun goes down we usually say 'good night'.
I am not a teacher.
PS I've edited the first line - sorry for the slip
Last edited by BobK; 20-Aug-2008 at 11:38. Reason: PS added
Hi there, I din't meant to cause this discussion. Let me say some words. Brazil is big. I was born in southern region, and now I live in Sao Paulo. There are no greetings here! Just hello!, opa! Of course, in informal converstion.
Bom dia=good morning is said during the morning.
Boa tarde= good afternoon. If you come in Brazil, probably you'll never hear this greeting, unless you go in the countryside, for exemple, or during a formal meeting. I don't remember when I heard good afternoon last time.
Boa noite= good night. We say good night when we arrive and we say good night when we leave too. There's no rule!
Last edited by dilermando; 19-Aug-2008 at 19:40. Reason: complete information