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HOW TO SAY HELLO IN 50 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES (with pronunciations)

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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

  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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Got any more to add to the list? Let me know in a comment below!

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    michael
    4th October 2016 at 9:59 pm

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

  • Reply
    Irene
    30th August 2016 at 2:49 am

    This is so inspiring! I love the post:)

    irenethayer.com

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

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

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

      Thanks for letting me know- have changed it! 🙂

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