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Learn to say “Hello” in 50 Languages


For all you language fans out there, and for those looking to just learn something new, here’s a quick look at how to say “Hello” in 50 languages from around the world:

AfrikaansHallo (hello) pronounced Hu-llo

ArabicmArHAbAN-مرحبا (Hello) pronounced Mar-ha-ban Other common greetings are Ahalan and Marhaba

Armenianbarev or parev

Bengali namaskar (In West Bengal, India)

Catalanhola (pronounced o-la)

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 (pronounced, nee how). Tone is very important.

Congolese mambo

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

Czech dobrý den (formal), ahoj (informal; pronounced ahoy)

Danishhej (informal; pronounced hi), goddag (formal)

Dutchhoi (very informal), hallo (informal), goedendag (formal)

Dzongkha (Bhutan)kuzu-zangpo

Estoniantere päevast” (good day)

Egyptian ArabicSalaam Alekum (sulam ulakume) (Goodbye), Ma Salaama (ma sulama) the “U” is pronounced as in “up”

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

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

French —allobonjour (formal, for daytime use; ‘n’ almost silent , pronounced “bun-joor”), bonsoir (good evening; bun-swarr), bonne nuit (good night; bun-wee)

Gaelicdia duit (informal; pronounced dee-ah whu-it; literally “God be with you”)

Georgian gamardjoba

German – Traditionalhallo (informal), Guten Tag (formal; pronounced gootan taag), Tag (very informal; pronounced tahg).

German – Austrian and Bavariangrüß Gott (pronounced gruess got), servus (informal; also means “goodbye”; pronounced zair-voos)

German – Northernmoin or moin moin (pronounced moyn), also moinsen

German – Swisshallo (informal), grüezi (formal, pronounced kind of like grew-tsi), grüessech (formal, used in the Canton of Berne, pronounced grewe-thech)

GreekΓεια σου (pronounced YAH-soo; singular to greet a friend, informal), Γεια σας (plural to be polite, formal) (meaning “health to you”), καλημέρα (pronounced kalee-ME-ra; good morning; formal), καλό απόγευμα (pronounced ka-LOH a-PO-yevma; good afternoon; formal), καλησπέρα (pronounced kalee-SPE-rah; good evening; formal)

Gujarati Namaste,Namaskar,Kemcho

Hawaiianaloha (pronounced ah-low-ha)
Hebrewshalom (means “hello”, “goodbye” and “peace”), hi (informal), ma korae? (very informal, literally means “whats happening” or “whats up”)

Hindiनमस्ते, namaste (nah-mah-STAY)

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

IrishDia duit (pronounced “Deah Duit”; also means “God Be With You”)

Italianbuon 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 ha (pronounced kon-nee-chee-wa; daytime or afternoon), こんばんは konbanha (pronounced kon-ban-wa; evening)

Konkani Namaskar, Namaskaru (I bow to thee, formal)’, Dev baro dis div (may God bless you with a good day, informal)

Korean 안녕하세요 ahn nyeong ha se yo (formal), 안녕 ahn nyeong (informal; can also be used to mean “goodbye

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 person)

Maldivian (Dhivehi)kihineth (meaning “how” – the common way of greeting)

Maltesemerħba (meaning “welcome”), bonġu (morning), bonswa or il-lejl it-tajjeb (evening)

Maori kia ora (kia o ra) (literally “be well/healthy” and is translated as an informal “hi.” This term has also been adopted by English speakers in New Zealand), tena koe, ata marie, morena (good morning)

Pirate Ahoy Matey (pronounced Ah-hoi mate-ey, is usually to another crew member)

Persian salaam or do-rood (salaam is an abbreviation, the full version being as-salaam-o-aleykum in all Islamic societies)

Pig Latineyhay (informal), ellohay (formal)

Polishdzień dobry (formal), witaj (hello) cześć (hi, pronounced, “cheshch”)

Portugeseoi, boas, olá or alô (informal); bom dia or bons dias (good morning, good day, used before noon or before the noon meal); boa tarde or boas tardes (good afternoon, used after noon or after the noon meal, until twilight); boa noite orboas noites (good evening and good night, used after twilight).

Punjabisat sri akal

Rajasthani (Marwari)Khamma Ghani sa, Ram Ram sa

Romaniansalut, buna dimineata (formal; morning), buna ziua (formal; daytime), buna seara (formal; evening), buna(usually when speaking to a female pronounced boo-nah or bu-nah)

RussianPrivet! (pronounced as pree-vyet; informal), zdravstvuyte (formal; pronounced ZDRA-stvooy-tyeh)

Samoantalofa (formal), malo (informal)

Spanishhola (pronounced with a silent ‘h’: o-la), qué pasa (Spain, informal), buenos días (“good morning”),buenas tardes (afternoon and early evening), buenas noches (late evening and night).
Urduadaab or salam or as salam alei kum (the full form, to which the reply would be waa lay kum assalaam in most cases)