126 Ways to Say Hello

How to Say Hello

126 Ways to Say Hello
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AFRIKAANS

haai, ,Pronunciation:,Ha-i

ARABIC

Pronunciation:,asslamu alykom, ,Meaning:,peace be upon you

ALBANIAN

Tungjatjeta, ,Pronunciation:,To-ngyat-yeta, ,Meaning:,a long life or c’kemi (hi)

A’LEAMONA

Pronunciation:,tehl-neye-doe, ,Meaning:,good day

ARMENIAN

barev or parev

AUSTRALIAN

G’day, ,Pronounced:,gu-day

AUSTRIAN

Formal:,gree’assgott, Servus, ,Informal:,said See-ahh-vass,,Not like the Latin word

AZERBAIJANI

Salam, ,Pronunciation:,Sa-lam, ,Meaning:,hello

BAHAMAS

Formal:,hello, ,Informal:,hi or heyello, ,Slang:,what you sayin’, Buyh?

BASQUE

kaixo, ,Pronunciation:,kai-show, ,egun on (morning), ,Pronunciation:,egg-un own, ,gau on (night), ,Pronunciation:,gow own

BAVARIAN AND AUSTRIAN GERMAN

Pronunciation:,gruess got, ,Informal:,servus ; also means goodbye, ,Pronunciation:,zair-voos

BENGALI

namaskar

BREMNIAN

Koali , ,Pronunciation:,kowalee

BULGARIAN

zdravei,zdraveite (to many), ,Informal:,zdrasti, ,Morning:,Dobro utro, ,Day:,Dobar den, ,Evening:,Dobar vecher

BURMESE

Mingalarba

CAMBODIAN

Informal:,(Khmer)- Sua s’dei, ,Formal:,Jum Reap Sour, ,Meaning:,good morning, ,Arun Sua s’dei,, ,Meaning:,good afternoon, ,Tivea Sua s’dei,, ,Meaning:,good evening, ,Sayoan Sua s’dei,, ,Meaning:,good night

CAPE-VERDEAN CREOLE

Cape-Verdean Creole; oi, ol•

CATALAN

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

CHAMORRO

hafa adai, ,Meaning:,hello/what’s up?, ,Informal:,hafa? , howzzit bro/bran/prim/che’lu?, sup 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

nei ho or lei ho, ,Pronunciation:,nay ho or lay ho

CONGO

Mambo

CREE

Tansi, ,Pronunciation:,Dawnsay

CROATIAN

Informal:,bok, ,dobro jutro (morning), ,dobar dan (day)

CZECH

dobrÈ r•no,(until about 8 or 9 a.m.), ,Formal:,dobr˝ den, ,Informal:,ahoj , ,Pronunciation:,ahoy

DANISH

Informal:,hej, ,Pronunciation:,hey, ,Formal:,god dag, god aften (evening),, ,hejsa (very informal)

D’NI

shorah, ,Meaning:,peace

DOUBLE DUTCH

hutch-e-lul-lul-o, ,Meaning:,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)

ESPERANTO

saluton (formal), ,sal (informal)

ESTONIAN

Tere hommikust,(morning)

EGYPTIAN ARABIC

Salaam Alekum’, ,Pronunciation:,sulam ulakume, ,Meaning:,Goodbye, ,Ma Salaama, ,Pronunciation:,ma sulama,the “U” is pronounced its usual way(Example:up)

FIJIAN

Bula Uro’,(Informal Hello), ,’Bula Vinaka’,(Formal Hello), ,Pronunciation:,’Buh-la Vina-kah’

FINNISH

moi or hei ,(informal), ,moro,(Tamperensis)

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)., ,There is also “Áa va”q, but this is more often used to mean “howare you?”

GAELIC

dia duit,(informal), ,Pronunciation:,gee-ah ditch, ,literally:,”God be with you”

GEORGIAN

Gamardjoba

GERMAN

Informal:,hallo, ,Formal:,Guten Tag, ,Pronunciation:,gootan taag, ,Tag ,(very informal), ,Pronunciation:,tack

GUJARATI

Namaste ,Namaskar

GREEK

Pronunciation:,yah-soo

HAUSA

Informal:,Ina kwaana?,How did you sleep?, ,Informal:,Ina uni?,how’s the day?, ,Formal:,Ina kwaanan ku?, ,Formal:, Ina unin Ku

HAWAIIAN

aloha, ,Pronunciation:,ah-low-ha

HEBREW

shalom, ,Meaning:,”hello”, “goodbye” and “peace”, ,Informal:,hi, ,ma kore?,(very informal), ,literally means:,”whats happening”or “whats up”

HINDI

namaste, ,Pronunciation:,na-mus-thei

HUNGARIAN, MAGYAR

Formal:,Û napot,(daytime), ,Pronunciation:,yoh naput, ,Informal:,Szervusz, ,Pronunciation:,sairvoose, ,Informal:,szia, ,Pronunciation:,Seeya

ICELANDIC

Formal:,gothan dahg, ,Informal:, hai , ,Igbo – nde-ewo, ,Pronunciation:,enday aywo, ,nna-ewo, ,Pronunciation:,enna wo

INDONESIAN

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

ITALIAN

Informal:,chow, ,Formal:,bwohn geeornoh,(good morning), ,Formal:,buon pomeriggio,(good afternoon), ,Pronunciation:,bwohn pohmehreejeeoh, ,Formal:, buona sera,(good evening), ,Pronunciation:, bbwoonah sehrah

JAPANESE

Pronounced:,o-ha-yo (go-zai-mass),( good morning), ,pronounced:,kong-nee-chee-wa ,(daytime or afternoon), ,Pronounced:,kong-ban-wa,(evening)

JIBBERISH

huthegelluthego, ,Formal:,h-idiguh-el l-idiguh-o, ,Informal:,h-diguh-i, ,h-idiguh-ow a-diguh-re y-idigah-ou? , ,Meaning:,how are you?

JAMAICAN

Slang:,Yow Wah gwaan, ,Pronounced:,wa-gwaan

KANIEN’K…HA (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

Formal:,ahn nyeong ha se yo, ,Pronouned:,ahn-yan-ha-say-yo, ,Informal:,ahn nyeong,(can also be used to mean “goodbye”), ,when calling/answering the phone:,yeo-bo-sae-yo, ,Prounounced:,yuh-boh-say-yoe

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, ,Informal:,chau, ,Pronounced:,chow

LINGALA

Mbote

LITHUANIAN

Formal:,laba diena, ,Informal:,labas, sveikas,(when speaking to a male), ,Informal:,Sveika,(when speaking to a female),, ,Informal:,sveiki,(when speaking to more than one person).

LOJBAN

Coi

LUXEMBOURGISH

MoÔen, ,Pronounced:,MOY-en

MACEDONIAN

Zdravo, ,Meaning:,Hello, ,Dobro utro, ,Meaning:,Good morning, ,Dobar den, ,Meaning:,Good day, ,Dobro vecher, ,Meaning:,Good evening

MALAYALAM

Namaskkaram

MALDIVIAN (DHIVEHI)

kihineth, ,Meaning:,”how”,(the common way of greeting)

MALTESE

bonswa or ,il-lejl it-tajjeb,(evening)

MAORI

kia ora,(kia o ra), ,tena koe,,ata marie,,morena,(good morning)

MARATHI

Namaskar

MONGOLIAN

Formal:,sain baina uu?, ,Pronounced:,saa-yen baya-nu, ,Informal:,sain uu?, ,Pronounced:,say-noo , ,Morning:,ugluunii mend, ,pronounced:,ohglohny mend, ,afternoon:,udriin mend, ,pronounced:,ohdriin mend, ,evening,oroin mend, ,pronounced,or-oh-in mend

NAHUATL

niltze,,hao,

NAVAJO

ya’at’eeh

NIUEAN

Formal:,faka lofa lahi atu, ,Informal:,fakalofa

NEAPOLITAN

cia,cha,

NEPALBHASHA

Jwajalapa,

NEPALI

namaskar, ,namaste, ,Informal:,k cha, ,kasto cha

NORTHERN GERMAN

moin moin

NORTHERN SHOTO

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), ,wa uhala po, tate?,(to a male), ,Formal:,nawa tuu?, ,Informal:,ongaipi?, ,Meaning:,how is it?

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

Informal:,eyhay, ,Formal:,ellohay, ,atswhay upay?,what’s up?,

POLISH

witaj, ,Meaning:,hello, ,cheshch

PORTUGUESE

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

at sri akal

RAJASTHANI (MARWARI)

Ram Ram

ROMANIAN

Formal; morning:,salut, buna dimineata, ,Formal; daytime:,buna ziua, ,Formal:,buna searaformal;,(evening), ,buna,(usually when speaking to a female), ,Pronounced:,boo-nhuh

RUSSIAN

Informal:,Privet!, ,Pronounced:,pree-vyet, ,Formal:,zdravstvuyte, ,pronounced:,ZDRA-stvooy-tyeh

SAMOAN

Formal:,alofa , ,Informal:,malo

SCANIAN

Universal:,haja, ,Informal:,hallÂ, ,Formal:,go’da, ,Morning:,go’maren, ,Evening:,go’aften

SENEGAL

Salamaleikum

SERBIAN

dobro jutro, ,Pronounced:,dobro yutro, ,Afternoon:,dobar dan, ,Evening:,Pronounced:,dobro vetcheah

SINHALA

a`yubowan, ,Pronounced:,ar-yu-bo-wan, ,Meaning:,long live, ,Kohomada?, ,Pronounced:,ko-ho-ma-da, ,Meaning:,how are you?

SLOVAK

ahoj, ,Pronounced:,ahoy, ,Informal:,dobr˝

SLOVENIAN

Pronounced:,zhivyo, ,Morning:,dobro jutro, ,Afternoon:,dober dan, ,Evening:,Pronounced:,doh-bear vetch-air

SOUTH AFRICAN ENGLISH

Informal:,hoezit, ,Pronounced:,howzit

SPANISH

Hola, ,Pronounced:,with a silent ‘h’: o-la, ,Very informal:,alo, quÈ onda,(South America),like :what’s up, ,Pronounced:,keh ondah, ,quÈ hay,,(South America; very informal), ,quÈ pasa,(Spain, informal),, ,buenos dÌas,(good morning), ,buenas tardes,(afternoon and early evening), ,buenas noches,(late evening and night), ,These three forms can be made informal by saying “buenas”., ,Also QuÈ Transa,(Mexico;very informal),like :what’s up?, ,Pronounced:,keh trahansa, ,QuÈ t•l, ,Meaning:,what’s up, ,Pronounced:,kay tal

SULKA

Morning:,marot, ,Pronounced:,mah-rote,[rolled r and lengthened o], ,Afternoon:,mavlemas, ,v is pronounced as a fricative b, ,Evening:,Masegin, ,g is pronounced as a fricative

SWAHILI

jambo,, ,Habari (hello),, ,Habari gani,(How are you?)

SWEDISH

Very Informal:,tja, ,Pronounced:,sha, ,Informal:,hej, ,Pronounced:,hey, ,Formal:,god dag

SWISS GERMAN

Informal:,hallo, ,Formal:,gr¸ezi, ,pronounced:,kind of grew-tsi, ,Informal:,gr¸essech, ,(used in the capital Berne), ,Pronounced:,grewe-thech

TAGALOG (PILIPINO – PHILIPPINES)

Formal:,Kumusta po kayo?, ,Pronounced:,kuh-muh-stah poh kah-yoh, ,Means:,How are you, sir or madam, ,Informal:,Kumusta ka?, ,Pronounced:,kuh-muh-stah kah, ,Means:,how are you?

TAHITIAN

ia orana

TAIWANESE (HOKKIEN)

Li-ho

TAMIL

Vanakkam

TELUGU

namaskaram,, ,baagunnara, ,Means:,how are you?

TETUM (TIMOR – LESTE)

bondia ,(morning), ,botarde,(afternoon), ,bonite,(evening)

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

Formal:,merhaba selam, ,Informal:,selam

UKRANIAN

Formal:,dobriy ranok,(morning), ,dobriy den,(afternoon),, ,dobriy vechir,(evening),, ,Informal:,pryvit

UZBEK

Formal:,Assalomu Alaykum, ,Informal:,Salom

UNG TONGUE

Hello, ,(This is a made-up tips, like Pig latin), ,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 ch‡o

WELSH

shwmae,(South Wales), ,Pronounced:,shoe-my, ,Sut Mae,( North Wales), ,Pronounced:,sit my, ,S’mae,Pronounced:,S’ my

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