How to Say ‘Hello’ in 50 Different Languages!

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Last Updated on 9th May 2020 by Sophie Nadeau

When you’re learning a new language, then one of the first places to start is ‘how to say hello in’ whatever the language may be. Furthermore, whether you’re at home or abroad, a simple ‘hello‘ is likely the first word you’ll ever say to someone. 

It’s polite, simple and besides, it’s always good to learn a few words of the local language while you’re traveling! So maybe it is a good idea to learn how to say hello in as many languages as possible! After all, although it’s obviously true that you should never judge a book by its cover, many people unfortunately inevitably still do. So make your first hello count!

Here’s a little guide on how to say hello in 50 languages:

  1. Afrikaans: Hallo

  2. Albanian: Përshëndetje (Per-shen-DEAT-ye)

  3. Arabic: مرحبا (marhabaan)

  4. Azerbaijani: Salam

  5. Basque: Kaixo 

  6. Breton: Demat (Read more: 10 BRETON WORDS & PHRASES)

  7. Bulgarian: Здравейте (Zdraveĭte)

  8. Catalan: Hola

  9. Chichewa: Moni

  10. Corsican: Bonghjornu

  11. Croatian: Bok

  12. Czech: Ahoj

  13. Danish: Hej

  14. Dutch: Hallo (Read more: 10 DUTCH WORDS & PHRASES)

  15. English: Hello

  16. Espetanto: Saluton

  17. Estonian: Tere

  18. Filipino: Kamusta

  19. Finnish: Hei

  20. French: Bonjour (Read more: 10 FRENCH FALSE FRIENDS)

  21. Georgian: მიესალმები (miesalmebi)

  22. German: Hallo (Read more: German words you’ll wish we had in English!)

  23. Greek: Χαίρε (chai-ray)

  24. Hausa: Hello

  25. Hebrew: שלום (shalom)

  26. Hindi: नमस्ते (namaste)

  27. Hungarian: Helló

  28. Irish: Dia dhuit

  29. Korean:안녕하세요 

  30. Italian: Ciao

  31. Lao: ສະບາຍດີ (sabaidi)

  32. Latin: Salve (Read more: 10 LATIN WORDS & PHRASES)

  33. Lithuanian: Sveiki

  34. Maltese: Bongu

  35. Nepali: नमस्ते (namaste)

  36. Pashto: سلام (salam)

  37. Portugese: Olá

  38. Romanian: Buna

  39. Samoan: Talofa

  40. Shona: Mhoro

  41. Slovak: Ahoj

  42. Slovenian: Zdravo

  43. Spanish: Hola

  44. Swahili: Hodi

  45. Tamil: வணக்கம் (vanakaam)

  46. Turkish: Merhaba

  47. Vietnamese: chào bạn

  48. Welsh: Helo

  49. Yiddish: העלא (hela)

  50. Zulu: Sawubona

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'Hello' is most likely the first word you'll ever exchange with someone so here's a little guide on how to say hello in 50 languages from around the world (language guide)

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Sophie Nadeau loves dogs, books, Paris, pizza, and history, though not necessarily in that order. A fan of all things France related, she runs when she's not chasing after the next sunset shot or consuming her weight in sweet food. Currently based in Paris after studies in London, she's spent most of her life living in the beautiful Devonian countryside in South West England!


  • Andreea Morar
    19th July 2019 at 2:09 pm

    In Romanian is Bună [ˈbunə].Ă is a different sound from A. It sounds like Boo-Nuh.

  • michael
    4th October 2016 at 9:59 pm

    swahili hello is not hodi ….we say habari yako (singular) or habari yenu ( prural )

  • Irene
    30th August 2016 at 2:49 am

    This is so inspiring! I love the post:)

  • Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    29th August 2016 at 2:10 pm

    sorry but nobody really uses Zdravo in Croatian:) We say Bok! 🙂

    • Sophie Nadeau
      30th August 2016 at 6:14 pm

      Thanks for letting me know- have changed it! 🙂


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