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How to Say Hello in
Different Languages

Have you ever stopped to
consider how many people are
saying "hello" to each other
today, and in how many
different languages? If you want
to say "hello" to everyone on
the planet, you would have to
learn at least 2 ,796 languages
and greet at least 6 ,500 ,000 ,000
people. Here are some of the
ways of saying "hello" around
the world. Hola in Spanish,
bonjour OR salut among peers in

Look up the language in which
you would like to say "hello or
good morning" . You will find
suggestions on that line.
Pronounce the suggested

Afrikaans - haai (hello)
pronounced Ha-i

Arabic السلام عليكم(peace be
upon you)pronounced asslamu

Albanian - Tungjatjeta
pronounced To-ngyat-yeta it
means have a long life or c'kemi

A'Leamona - bees-e-lees-e
(good day) pronounced tehl-

Arabic - sabah el kheir (good
morning), masaa-el-khair (good
evening): note that Kh is
pronounced from the back of
the throat. mArHAbA (Hello)
pronounced Mar-ha-ba

Armenian - barev or parev

Australian - G'day (mostly
informal but including strangers
pronounced gu-day

Austrian - Grüßgott (formal,
pronounced gree'assgott)/
Servus (Informal, said See-ahh-
vass, not like the Latin word)

Azerbaijani - salam (hello)
pronounced Sa-lam

Bahamas - hello (formal), hi or
heyello (informal), what you
sayin', Buyh? (very informal -

Basque - kaixo (pronounced kai-
show), egun on (morning;
pronounced egg-un own), gau on
(night; pronounced gow own)

Bhutan - [kuzu-zangpo]

Bavarian and Austrian
German - grüß Gott
(pronounced gruess gott),
servus (informal; also means
"goodbye"; pronounced zair-

Bengali - namaskar (In West
Bengal, India)

Bremnian - koali (pronounced

Bulgarian - zdravei, zdraveite
(to many), zdrasti (informal),
Dobro utro (morning), Dobar den
(day), Dobar vecher (evening)

Burmese - mingalarba

Cambodian (Khmer)- Sua s'dei
(informal), Jum Reap Sour
(formal), good morning, Arun Sua
s'dei, good afternoon Tivea Sua
s'dei, good evening Sayoan Sua
s'dei, good night Reatrey Sua
s'dei, good bye Lea Hoy
(informal), Jum Reap Lea (formal)

Cape-Verdean Creole - oi, olá,
Entao or Bon dia

Catalan - hola (pronounced o-
la), bon dia (pronounced bon
dee-ah)good morning, bona
tarda (bona tahr-dah) good
afternoon, bona nit (bona
neet)good night. You can also
say just "Bones (bo-nahs) to
make it informal.

Chamorro - hafa adai
(hello/what's up?), hafa?
(informal), howzzit
bro/bran/prim/che'lu? (informal),
sup (informal)and all other
English greetings

Chichewa - moni bambo! (to a
male), moni mayi! (to a female).
Muribwanji (moori-bwanji) is used
often, as a generalized greeting
to everyone.

Chinese - In both Cantonese and
Mandarin, it is written as 你好.
Cantonese is nei* ho or lei ho
(pronounced ne ho or lay ho)
and Mandarin is nǐ hǎo
(remember the tones). In
Mandarin, you can also say 早上好
(zǎo shàng hǎo) for "Good
Morning." *as in eee not a

Congo - mambo

Cree - Tansi (pronounced

Croatian - bok (informal), dobro
jutro (morning), dobar dan
(day), dobra večer (evening),
laku noć (night)

Czech - dobré ráno (until about
8 or 9 a.m.), dobrý den (formal),
dobrý večer (evening), ahoj
(informal; pronounced ahoy)

Danish - hej (informal;
pronounced hey), god dag
(formal), god aften (evening;
formal), hejsa (very informal).

D'ni - shorah (peace)

Double Dutch - hutch-e-lul-lul-o
(hello), gug-o-o-dud mum-o-rug-
nun-i-nun-gug (good morning;
formal), gug-o-o-dud a-fuf-tut-
e-rug-nun-o-o-nun (good
afternoon; formal), gug-o-o-dud
e-vuv-e-nun-i-nun-gug (good
evening; formal)

Dutch - hoi (very informal), hallo
(informal), goedendag (formal)

English - hello (formal), hi
(informal), hey (informal,) yo

Esperanto - saluton (formal),
sal (informal)

Estonian - tere päevast" (good
day), Tere hommikust (morning),
Tere Õhtust (evening)

Egyptian Arabic - Salaam
Alekum'(sulam ulakume)
(Goodbye) Ma Salaama (ma
sulama) the "U" is pronounced its
usual way(Example:up)

Fijian - 'Bula Uro' (Informal Hello)
and 'Bula Vinaka' (Formal Hello) is
pronounced 'Buh-la Vina-kah'

Finnish - hyvää päivää (formal),
moi or hei (informal), moro

French - salut (informal; silent
't'), bonjour (formal, for daytime
use; 'n' as a nasal vowel),
bonsoir (good evening; 'n' is a
nasal vowel), bonne nuit (good

Gaelic - dia duit (informal;
pronounced gee-ah ditch;
literally "God be with you")

Georgian - gamardjoba

German - hallo (informal), Guten
Tag (formal; pronounced gootan
taag), Tag (very informal;
pronounced taack).

Gujarati - Namaste,Namaskar

Greek - γεια σου (pronounced
yah-soo; informal), γεια σας

Hausa - Ina kwaana? (How did
you sleep? - informal) or Ina uni?
(how's the day? - informal). Ina
kwaanan ku? (formal) or Ina unin
Ku (formal)

Hawaiian - aloha (pronounced

Hebrew - shalom (means "hello",
"goodbye" and "peace"), hi
(informal), ma kore? (very
informal, literally means "whats
happening" or "whats up")

Hindi - नमस्ते, namaste
(pronounced na-mus-thei)

Hopi - Mike (just as you would
pronounce the name short for

Hungarian, Magyar - jó napot
(pronounced yoh naput; daytime;
formal), szervusz (pronounced
sairvoose; informal), szia
(pronounced seeya; informal), or
even heló, like english hello but a
longer "o"

Icelandic - góðan dag (formal;
pronounced gothan dahg), hæ
(informal; pronounced "hai")

Igbo - nde-ewo (pronounced
enday aywo), nna-ewo
(pronounced enna wo)

Indonesian - halo (hello),
selamat pagi (morning), selamat
siang (afternoon), selamat malam

Irish: "Dia duit" (pronounced
"Deah Duit"; also means "God Be
With You")

Italian - ciào (pronounced chow;
informal; also means "goodbye"),
buon giorno (pronounced bwohn
geeornoh; good morning; formal),
buon pomeriggio (pronounced
bwohn pohmehreejeeoh; good
afternoon; formal), buona sera
(pronounced bbwoonah sehrah;
good evening; formal)

Japanese -
おはよう ございます ohayoou
gozaimasu (pronounced o-ha-yo
(go-zai-mass); good morning),
こんにちは  konnichi wa
(pronounced kong-nee-chee-wa;
daytime or afternoon),
こんばんは konbanwa (pronounced
kong-ban-wa; evening);
もし もし moshi moshi
(pronounced moh-shee moh-
shee; when calling/answering the
phone); ど うも doumo
(pronounced doh-moh; informal
way of thanking/greeting, but
means countless other things as
well so only use when context
makes sense)

Jibberish - huthegelluthego, h-
idiguh-el l-idiguh-o (formal), h-
diguh-i (informal), h-idiguh-ow a-
diguh-re y-idigah-ou? (meaning
"how are you?")

Jamaican (slang)- Yow Wah
gwaan (pronounced wa-gwaan)

Kanien'kéha (Mohawk) - kwe
kwe (pronounced gway gway)

Kannada - namaskara

Kazakh - Salem (hello), Kalay
zhagday (How are you?)

Klingon - nuqneH? [nook-neck]
(literally: "what do you want?")

Korean - 안녕하세요 ahn nyeong
ha se yo (formal; pronouned
ahn-yan-ha-say-yo), 안녕 ahn
nyeong (informal; can also be
used to mean "goodbye")(when
calling/answering the phone";
여보세요 "yeo-bo-sae-yo"
(prounounced "yuh-boh-say-

Kurdish - choni, roj bahsh (day;
pronounced rohzj bahsh)

Lao - sabaidee (pronounced sa-

Latin (Classical) - salve
(pronounced sal-way; when
talking to one person), salvete
(pronounced sal-way-tay; when
talking to more than one
person), ave (pronounced ar-
way; when talking to one
person; when talking to someone
respected), avete (pronounced
ar-way-tay; when talking to
more than one respected

Latvian - labdien, sveiki, chau
(informal; pronounced chow).

Lingala - mbote

Lithuanian - laba diena (formal),
labas, sveikas (informal; when
speaking to a male), sveika
(informal; when speaking to a
female), sveiki (informal; when
speaking to more than one

Lojban - coi

Luxembourgish - ...
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