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How to Say Hello in Different Languages December 2, 2010

Filed under: Image that,Interesting — celebrationgoddess @ 6:41 am

THINKING THURSDAY – (enjoy learning something new!)

How do YOU say Hi? 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, Ciao in Italian or bonjour/salut among peers in France, and many more!

  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.
    • Afrikaanshaai (hello) pronounced Ha-i
    • Amharic “tena yistelegn” is very formal. You can also say ” Selam”
    • Islamic Greetingالسّلام 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
    • Arabicصباح 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
    • Armenianbarev or parev
    • Australian – G’day (mostly informal but including strangers pronounced gu-day or ge_day )(“G’day mate”); also use is OI pronounced “OI” emphatically
    • 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 on (morning; pronounced egg-un own), gau on (night; pronounced gow own)
    • Bhutan – [kuzu-zangpo]
    • Bavarian and Austrian Germangrüß Gott (pronounced gruess gott), servus (informal; also means “goodbye”; pronounced zair-voos)
    • Bengalinamaskar (In West Bengal, India)
    • Bremnian – koali (pronounced kowalee)
    • British Sign Language(BSL) – Dominant hand wave, from core to outside with the palm facing towards recipient as the hand moves bring it into a thumbs up gesture (Formal ‘Hello’) Give two thumbs up (Informal Literal Translation ‘well?’)
    • 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 (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)
    • Croatianbok (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 (also goodbye or peace)
    • Double Dutchhutch-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)
    • Dutchhoi (very informal), hallo (informal), goedendag (formal)
    • Englishhello (formal), hi (informal), hey (informal,) yo (informal,)
    • Esperantosaluton (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’
    • Finnishhyvää päivää (formal), moi, terve or hei (informal), moro (Tamperensis)
    • Frenchsalut (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
    • Germanhallo (informal), Guten Tag (formal; pronounced gootan taag), Tag (very informal; pronounced taack).
    • Gujarati – Namaste,Namaskar,Kemcho
    • GreekΓεια σου (pronounced YAH-soo; singular to greet a friend, informal), Γεια σας (plural to be polite, formal)(it means “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)
    • 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)
    • Hebrewshalom (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-ewo (pronounced enna wo)
    • Indonesianhalo (hello), selamat pagi (morning), selamat siang (afternoon), selamat malam (evening)
    • Irish – “Dia duit” (pronounced “Deah Duit”; also means “God Be With You”)
    • Italianciào (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 kong-nee-chee-wa; 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)
    • Jibberishhuthegelluthego, 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?)
    • KlingonnuqneH? [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)
    • Korean안녕하세요ahn nyeong ha se yo (formal; pronouned on-nyoung-ha-say-yo), 안녕ahn nyeong (informal; can also be used to mean “goodbye”)(when calling/answering the phone”; 여보세요 “yeo-bo-sae-yo” (prounounced “yuh-boh-say-yoe”)
    • Kurdishchoni, 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
    • Lithuanianlaba 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”), 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)
    • 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 Germanmoin moin
    • Northern Sotho – dumelang
    • Norwegianhei (“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)
    • Persiansalaam or do-rood (see note above – salaam is an abbreviation, the full version being as-salaam-o-aleykum in all Islamic societies)
    • Pig Latineyhay (informal), ellohay (formal), atswhay upay? (“what’s up?”)
    • Polish – dzień dobry (formal), witaj (hello) cześć (hi, pronounced, “cheshch”)
    • Portugueseoi, 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
    • Romaniansalut, buna dimineata (formal; morning) buna ziua (formal; daytime) buna searaformal; evening), buna (usually when speaking to a female pronounced boo-nhuh)
    • RussianPrivet!pronounced as pree-vyet (informal), zdravstvuyte (formal; pronounced ZDRA-stvooy-tyeh)
    • Samoantalofa (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 noć (night), do viđenja (see you soon)
    • 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), čau (pronounced chow) and dobrý (informal abbreviation)
    • Slovenian — živjo (informal; pronounced zhivyo), dobro jutro (morning), dober dan (afternoon), dober večer (evening; pronounced doh-bear vetch-air)
    • South African English – hoezit (pronounced howzit; informal)
    • Spanishhola (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 días (“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 Qué Transa (Mexico;very informal, like “what’s up” pronounced keh trahansa). Qué tál, meaning “what’s up”, pronounced “kay tal”.
    • 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), hej (informal; pronounced hey), god dag (formal)
    • Swiss Germanhallo (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? (formal, means “How are you, sir or madam”, pronounced “kuh-muh-stah poh kah-yoh”), Kumusta ka? (informal, means “how are you?”, “kuh-muh-stah kah”). You can also add 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?
    • Tahitian – ia orana
    • Taiwanese (Hokkien) – Li-ho
    • Tamil – vanakkam
    • Telugu- namaskaram, baagunnara (means “how are you?”; formal)
    • Tetum (Timor – Leste) – bondia (morning), botarde (afternoon), bonite (evening)
    • Thaisawa 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)
    • Turkishmerhaba selam (formal), selam (Informal)
    • Ukranian – dobriy ranok (formal; morning), dobriy den (formal; afternoon), dobriy vechir (formal; evening), pryvit (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.)
    • Urduadaab 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’

    Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!

    Bethsheba
    http://imacelebrationgoddess.com/index.html

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2 Responses to “How to Say Hello in Different Languages”

  1. holessence Says:

    WOW Beth – that’s quite an impressive list!


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