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PostSubject: How to Say Hello in Different Languages   14/11/2010, 7:20 pm

How to Say Hello in DifferentLanguages


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 least2,796 languages and greet at least 6,500,000,000 people. Here are some of theways of saying "hello" around the world. Hola in Spanish, Ciao inItalian or bonjour/salut among peers in France, and many more! Steps


  1. Acknowledge that the universal (non-verbal) way to greet others is a simple handshake or wave in the US and Canada. However, other gestures such as various forms of bowing, embraces, applause and other gestures are used as non-verbal greetings in other parts of the world.
  2. 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 wording.

    • Afrikaans - haai (hello) pronounced Ha-i
    • Amharic "tena yistelegn" is very formal. You can also say " Selam"
    • Islamic Greeting - السّلام عليكم (peace be upon you) pronounced Assalamou Alykoum
    • Albanian - Tungjatjeta pronounced To-ngyat-yeta it means have a long life or c'kemi (hi)
    • A'Leamona - bees-e-lees-e (good day) pronounced tehl-neye-doe
    • Arabic - صباح الخير (good morning)pronounced sabahou el kheir , مساء الخير (good evening) pronounced masaou el kheir : note that Kh-خ is pronounced from the back of the throat. mArHAbAN-مرحبا (Hello) pronounced Mar-ha-ban
    • Armenian - barev or parev
    • Australian - G'day (mostly informal but including strangers pronounced gu-day)("G'day mate")
    • 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 - slang)
    • Basque - kaixo (pronounced kai-show), egun onegg-un own), gau on (night; pronounced gow own) (morning; pronounced
    • Bhutan - [kuzu-zangpo]
    • Bavarian and Austrian German - grüß Gott (pronounced gruess gott), servus (informal; also means "goodbye"; pronounced zair-voos)
    • Bengali — namaskar (In West Bengal, India)
    • Bremnian - koali (pronounced kowalee)
    • Bulgarian - zdravei, zdraveite (to many), zdrastiDobro utro (morning), Dobar den (day), Dobar vecher (evening) (informal),
    • 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 HoyJum Reap Lea (formal) (informal),
    • 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 (pronounced, nee how) (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
    • Cook Island - Kia orana (hello)
    • Cree - Tansi (pronounced Tawnsay)
    • 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 dendobrý večer (evening), ahoj (informal; pronounced ahoy) (formal),
    • Danish - hej (informal; pronounced hey), god daggod aften (evening; formal), hejsa (very informal). (formal),
    • 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 (informal,)
    • Esperanto - saluton (formal), sal (informal)
    • Estonian - tere päevast" (good day), Tere hommikust (morning), Tere Õhtust (evening) Tere/tervist
    • 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, terve or heimoro (Tamperensis) (informal),
    • 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 night)
    • Frisian (Dutch dialect from northern Netherland, still spoken by many people) - Goendei (Formal), Dei (A bit more informal but still correct).
    • 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,Kemcho
    • Greek - γεια σου (pronounced yah-soo; singular to greet a friend, informal), γεια σας (plural to be polite, formal)(it means "health to you"), καλημέρα (pronounced kalimeera; good morning; formal), καλό απόγευμα (pronounced kalo apoyeevma; good afternoon; formal), καλησπέρα (pronounced kalispeera; good evening; formal)
    • 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 ah-low-ha)
    • Hebrew - shalom (means "hello", "goodbye" and "peace"), hi (informal), ma kore? (very informal, literally means "whats happening" or "whats up")
    • Hindi - नमस्ते, namaste ( this video shows you how to pronounce namaste: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXlcpjgyrOg )
    • Hopi - "ha'u" (sounds like hah-uh) means "hello" but it's not used as often as we use it in English. It's more traditional to greet someone by saying "Um waynuma?" (you're around?)
    • 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), (informal; pronounced "hai")
    • Igbo - nde-ewo (pronounced enday aywo), nna-ewoenna wo) (pronounced
    • Indonesian - halo (hello), selamat pagi (morning), selamat siang (afternoon), selamat malam (evening)
    • 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), 今日は konnichi wa (pronounced; daytime or afternoon), 今晩は 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) kong-nee-chee-wa
    • Jibberish - huthegelluthego, h-idiguh-el l-idiguh-oh-diguh-i (informal), h-idiguh-ow a-diguh-re y-idigah-ou? (meaning "how are you?") (formal),
    • 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?")
    • 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; pronouned on-nyoung-ha-say-yo), 안녕 ahn nyeong여보세요 "yeo-bo-sae-yo" (prounounced "yuh-boh-say-yoe") (informal; can also be used to mean "goodbye")(when calling/answering the phone";
    • Kurdish — choni, roj bahsh (day; pronounced rohzj bahsh)
    • Lao - sabaidee (pronounced sa-bai-dee)
    • 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)
    • 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 person).
    • Lojban - coi
    • Luxembourgish - moïen (pronounced MOY-en)
    • Slavomacedonian - Здраво (Zdravo; meaning Hello), Добро утро (Dobro utro; meaning Good morning), Добар ден (Dobar den; meaning Good day), Добро вечер (Dobro vecher; meaning Good evening)
    • Malayalam - namaskkaram
    • Malaysian - Selamat datang, which can also mean welcome (pronounced seh-la-mat dah-tan, the g is silent) or you could say apa khabar, which can also mean how are you (pronounced a-pa ka-bar)
    • Maldivian (Dhivehi) - kihineth (meaning "how" - the common way of greeting)
    • Maltese - merħba (meaning "welcome"), bonġubonswa or il-lejl it-tajjeb (evening) (morning),
    • 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)
    • Marathi - namaskar
    • Marshallese - iakwe (pronounced YAH kway)
    • Mongolian - sain baina uu? (pronounced saa-yen baya-nu; formal), sain uu? (pronounced say-noo; informal), ugluunii mend (morning; pronounced ohglohny mend), udriin mend (afternoon, pronounced ohdriin mend), oroin mend (evening; pronounced or-oh-in mend)
    • Nahuatl - niltze, hao
    • Naokien - Atetgrealot (formal), atetel (informal)
    • Navajo - ya'at'eeh (Hello or Good) (pronunciation dependant upon the tribe, or area of the reservation you are on)
    • Na'vi - kaltxì (informal) (pronounced kal-T-ì with an emphasis on the T), Oel ngati kameie (formal) (pronounced o-el nga-ti kamei-e)
    • Niuean - faka lofa lahi atu (formal) fakalofa (informal)
    • Neapolitan - cia, cha
    • Nepalbhasha - Jwajalapa, ज्वजलपा
    • Nepali - namaskar, namaste, k cha (informal), kasto cha
    • Northern German - moin moin
    • Northern Sotho - dumelang
    • Norwegian - hei ("hi"), hallo ("hello"), heisann ("hi there"), god morgen ("good morning"), god dag ("good day"), god kveld ("good evening").
    • Oshikwanyama - wa uhala po, meme? (to a female; response is ee), wa uhala po, tate? (to a male; response is ee) nawa tuu? (response is ee; formal), ongaipi? (meaning "how is it?"; informal)
    • Oromo(Afan Oromo) - asham (hi')akkam? (how are you?),nagaa (peace, peace be with u)
    • Palauan - alii (pronounced Ah-Lee)
    • Persian - salaam or do-rood (see note above - salaam is an abbreviation, the full version being as-salaam-o-aleykum in all Islamic societies)
    • Pig Latin - eyhay (informal), ellohay (formal), atswhay upay? ("what's up?")
    • Polish - dzień dobry (formal), witaj (hello) cześć (hi, pronounced, "cheshch")
    • Portuguese - oi, boas, olá or alô (informal); bom dia or bons dias (good morning, 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 or boas noites (good evening and good night, used after twilight).
    • Punjabi - sat sri akal
    • Rajasthani (Marwari)- Khamma Ghani sa, Ram Ram sa
    • Romanian - salut, buna dimineata (formal; morning) buna ziua (formal; daytime) buna searaformal; evening), bunaboo-nhuh) (usually when speaking to a female pronounced
    • Russian - Privet! pronounced as pree-vyet (informal), zdravstvuyte (formal; pronounced ZDRA-stvooy-tyeh)
    • Samoan - talofa (formal), malo (informal)
    • Scanian - haja (universal), hallå (informal), go'da (formal), go'maren (morning), go'aften (evening)
    • Scottish, howzitgaun (informal, means "Hello, how are you?") hello (formal)
    • Senegal - salamaleikum
    • Serbian - zdravo, ćao (informal), dobro jutro (morning, pronounced dobro yutro), dobar dan (afternoon), dobro veče (pronounced dobro vetcheah evening), laku noćdo viđenja (see you soon) (night),
    • Sinhala - a`yubowan (pronounced au-bo-wan; meaning "long live")kohomada? (ko-ho-ma-da meaning how are you?)
    • Slovak - dobrý deň (formal), ahoj (pronounced ahoy), čauchow) and dobrý (informal abbreviation) (pronounced
    • Slovenian — živjo (informal; pronounced zhivyo), dobro jutro (morning), dober dan (afternoon), dober večerdoh-bear vetch-air) (evening; pronounced
    • South African English - hoezit (pronounced howzit; informal)
    • Spanish - hola (pronounced with a silent 'h': o-la), alo, qué onda (South America;very informal, like "what's up"; pronounced keh ondah), qué hay, (South America; very informal), qué pasa (Spain, informal), buenos díasbuenas tardes (afternoon and early evening), buenas noches (late evening and night). These three forms can be made informal by saying "buenas". Also Qué Transa (Mexico;very informal, like "what's up" pronounced keh trahansa). Qué tál, meaning "what's up", pronounced "kay tal". ("good morning"),
    • Sulka - marot (morning; pronounced mah-rote [rolled r and lengthened o], mavlemas (afternoon; v is pronounced as a fricative b), masegin (evening; g is pronounced as a fricative)
    • Swahili - jambo? or "hujambo?," which loosely translate as 'how are you?' are commonly used but you may also say Habari gani? (What is the news?)
    • Swedish - tja (very informal; pronounced sha), hejhey), god dag (formal) (informal; pronounced
    • Swiss German - hallo (informal), grüezi (formal, pronounced kind of grew-tsi), grüessech (formal, used in the Canton of Berne, pronounced grewe-thech)
    • Tagalog (Pilipino - Philippines) - Kumusta po kayo?Kumusta ka?na when talking to someone you haven't see in a while, Kumusta na po kayo? or Kumusta ka na?. Magandang umaga po (Good morning, pronounced "mah-gan-dang oo-mah-gah poh"), Magandang hapon po (Good afternoon, "mah-gan-dang ha-pon poh"), Magandang gabi po (Good evening or night, "mah-gan-dang gah-beh poh"), Magandang tanghali po (good day, literally midday or noon, "mah-gan-dang tang-ha-leh poh"); NOTE: to make these informal greetings, drop po from the end and add the person's first name. Still, some people use words like mare or pare (very informal greeting, mare pronounced "mah-reh" for a close female friend; pare pronounced "pah-reh" for a close male friend). You may add it either before or after the greeting. Example, Mare, kumusta ka na? or Kumusta ka na, pare? (formal, means "How are you, sir or madam", pronounced "kuh-muh-stah poh kah-yoh"), (informal, means "how are you?", "kuh-muh-stah kah"). You can also add
    • Tahitian - ia orana
    • Taiwanese (Hokkien) - Li-ho
    • Tamil - vanakkam
    • Telugu- namaskaram, baagunnara (means "how are you?"; formal)
    • Tetum (Timor - Leste) - bondia (morning), botardebonite (evening) (afternoon),
    • Thai - sawa dee-ka (said by a female), sawa dee-krap (said by a male)
    • Tigrinya (Eritrea) - selam
    • Tongan - malo e lelei
    • Tshiluba - moyo
    • Tsonga (South Africa) - minjhani (when greeting adults), kunjhani (when greeting your peer group or your juniors)
    • Turkish - merhaba selam (formal), selam (Informal)
    • Ukranian - dobriy ranok (formal; morning), dobriy dendobriy vechir (formal; evening), pryvit (formal; afternoon), (informal)
    • Uzbek - Assalomu Alaykum (Formal) Salom(Informal) YM
    • Ung Tongue - Hello (This is a made-up language, like Pig latin. This is pronounced Hung-ee-lung-lung-oh.)
    • Urdu - adaab or salam or as salam alei kum (the full form, to which the reply would be waa lay kum assalaam in most cases)
    • Vietnamese - xin chào (pronounced sin DJOW)
    • Welsh - shwmae (South Wales; pronounced shoe-my), "Sut Mae" North Wales( pron "sit my") or "S'mae" ( Pron "S' my") or simply "Helo"
    • Yiddish - sholem aleikhem (literally "may peace be unto you"), borokhim aboyem or gut morgn (morning), gutn ovnt (evening), gutn tog (day), gut shabbos (only used on the Sabbath)
    • Yoruba - E karo (Good morning), E ku irole (Good afternoon), E ku ale (good night).
    • Zulu - sawubona for one person, "sanibonani" for multiple people. Sawubona translates to mean 'we see you' and you should respond by saying "yebo"-meaning 'yes'

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