Every human communication starts with a formal greeting that is saying ‘hello’ and the rest of the conversation is followed.

So, even if you are learning a foreign language the first thing you would learn is to “How to say Hello”.

Saying hello depicts politeness and you find it easy to interact with the person after greeting.

Well, if you greet a person in their own languages that break the ice and the other person feels comfortable at the beginning of the conversation. It will helpful for the people who interact with global clients. someone is visiting a new place, someone who is planning to learning a new language and other many reasons.

Learning how to say HELLO in 120+ different languages is difficult but now impossible. We have listed how to say Hello in different languages around the globe with phonetical pronunciation to make this learning journey easier.

How to Say “Hello” In African Languages

African language is diverse and stands out globally. With 6 main language families, it has vast linguistic heritage. There is diversity in language tone and one can attain fluency and gain proficiency with phrases using certain special mouth movements.

Afrikaans । hallo (hah-loh) — hello

Albanian । Përshëndetje – hello

Amharic । iwi selami newi – hello

Chichewa । moni (moh-nee) – hello

Hausa । sannu (sahn-noo) — hello (informal)

Igbo । ndêwó (in-deh-woh) — hello

Kinyarwanda । muraho (moo-rah-hoh) — hello

Lingala । mbote (mboh-teh) — hello

Luganda । ki kati (kee kah-tee) — hello

Malagasy । salama (sah-lAHm-ah) – Hello

Ndebele । salibonani (sah-lee-boh-nah-nee) — hello

Northern Sotho । dumêlang (doo-meh-lang) — hello

Oromo । ashamaa (ah-shah-maa) — hello

Sesotho । dumela (doo-meh-lah) — hello

Shona । mhoro (mhoh-roh) — hello

Somali । Salaan (Sa-la-an) — hello

Swahili । jambo (jahm-boh) — hello

Tigrinya । selam (seh-lahm) — hello

Tsonga । avuxeni (ah-voo-sheh-nee) — hello

Tswana । dumela (doo-meh-lah) — hello

Wolof । salaam aleekum (sah-laam ah-ley-koom) — hello

Xhosa । molo (maw-law) — hello

Yoruba । bawo (bah-woh) — hello

Zulu । sawubona (sah-woo-boh-nah) — hello

How to Say “Hello” In Asian Languages

A couple of Asian languages had the influence of European colonization excluding the Turkic languages that belonged to Central Asia. Asian languages contain diversity and are unique.

Surprisingly, Asian languages do not share anything in common with main language families.

The variation in tones is common with languages like Lao, Thai, Chinese, Cambodian, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Japanese. It means while you speak, with the change in pitch there is a change in the meaning of the phrases and words.

The native speakers are quite fluent with phrases and words and you can learn how they greet naturally.

Armenian । barev dzez (bah-REV DZEZ) — hello

Azerbaijani । salam (sah-lam) — hello

Bengali (Bangladesh) । assalamualaikum (ahs-sah-lahmoo-ah-lay-koom) / salam (sah-lahm) — hello

Burmese । mingalarba (min-ga-la-ba) — hello

Cambodian । chum reap suor — hello

Cantonese । néih hóu — hello

Cebuano । Kumusta (Kum-usta) — hello

Chinese । nǐ hǎo (nee how) — hello

Dzongkha । kuzu-zangpo (koo-zoo-zang-poh) — hello

Filipino । Kumusta – hello

Georgian । gamarjoba (gah-mahr-joh-bah) — hello

Hmong । nyob zoo — hello

Indonesian । halo (hah-loh) — hello

Japanese । konnichiwa (kohn-nee-chee-wah) — hello

Javanese । Halo (hah-loh) — hello

Kazakh । sälemetsiz be? (sah-lem-met-siz beh) — hello

Khmer । suostei (Su-oo- steii) – hello

Korean । annyeonghaseyo (an-nyee-ong-hah-seh-yo) — hello

Kyrgyz । salamatsyzby (sah-lam-aht-seez-bee) — hello

Lao । sabaidee (sah-bai-dee) — hello

Malay । hello (he-loh) — hello

Mongolian । sain baina uu (sain bai-na OO) — hello

Nepali । namaste (nah-mahs-teh) — hello

Pashto । salaam (sah-lahm) — hello

Punjabi (Pakistani) । asalamwalaykum (ah-sah-lahm-wah-lay-koom) — hello

Russian । zdorovo (zduh-ROH-vuh) — hello

Sinhala । halō (ha-loh) — hello

Sundanese । Halo (ha-loh) — hello

Tagalog । kumusta (koo-moos-ta) — hello

Taiwanese Hokkien । lí-hó (lee-hoh) — hello

Tatar । isänmesez (ees-aen-meh-sehz) — hello

Thai । sà-wàt-dee — hello

Tibetan । tashi delek (tah-shee del-ek) — hello

Uyghur । ässalamu läykum (aes-sah-lahm-oo lae-koom) — hello

Uzbek । assalomu aleykum (ahs-sah-lo-moo ah-lay-koom) — hello

Vietnamese । xin chào (sin chow) — hello

How to Say “Hello” In European Languages

The 3 main languages that belong to families of Indo-European language are Germanic, Slavic and Romance languages.

You will find overlapping in word formation and vocabulary. As plenty of phrases and words are derived from formations and derivations of Greek and Latin, you will notice that the greetings mentioned in the list are quite similar.

Albanian । tungjatjeta (toon-jah-TYEH-tah) — hello

Basque । kaixo (kai-sho) — hello

Belarusian । dobry dzień(do-bry-dh-zien)  — hello

Bulgarian । zdravej (zdrah-VEY) — hello

Bosnian । zdravo (ZDRAH-voh) — hello

Catalan । hola (OH-lah) — hello

Corsican । Bonghjornu  — hello

Croatian । zdravo (zd-ravo) — hello

Czech । ahoj (ahoy) — hello

Danish । Hej (he-jah) — hello

Dutch । hallo (HAH-low) — hello

Estonian । tere (TEHR-reh) — hello

Finnish । terve (TEHR-veh) — hello

French । bonjour (bohn-ZHOOR) — hello

Frisian । goeie (GOO-ee) — hello

Irish । dia duit (DEE-ah GHWIT) — hello

Gaelic । halò (ha-lo) — hello

Galician । Ola (oo-la) – hello

German । guten tag (goo-ten tahk) —  hello

Greek । Geia sas — hello

Hungarian । szervusz (SEHR-voos) — hello

Icelandic । halló (ha-loh) — hello

Italian । salve (SAHL-veh) — hello

Latvian । sveika (SVEH-kah) — hello

Lithuanian । sveiki (svay-KEE) — hello

Luxembourgish । moïen (moy-en) — hello

Macedonian । zdravo (ZDRAH-voh) — hello

Maltese । Bongu – (Bon-Goo)  — hello

Norwegian । god dag (goo dahg) — hello

Polish । cześć (cheshch)— hello

Portuguese । olá (oh-lAH) — hello

Romanian । salut (sah-LOOT) — hello

Serbian । zdravo (ZDRAH-voh) — hello

Slovak । čau (chow) — hello

Slovenian । zdravo (ZDRAH-voh)  — hello

Spanish । hola (oh-lah) — hello

Swedish । hej (heh) — hello

Ukrainian । vitayu (vee-TAH-yoo) — hello (formal)

Welsh । helo (he-loh) — hello

Yiddish । hela (he-lah) — hello

How to Say “Hello” In Middle Eastern Languages

With the elimination of Middle Eastern languages from Indo-European languages, the chances of overlapping are almost negligible. The greeting in middle -east is simple and short and is mostly the same as each other.

Arabic । marhaban (mahr-hah-bahn) — hello

Hebrew । shalom (shah-LOHM) — hello

Kurdish । silav (see-lav) — hello

Persian । salâm (sah-laam) / dorud (doh-rood) — hello

Turkish । merhaba (mehr-hah-bah) — hello

How to Say “Hello” In Indian Languages

There is diversity in Indian languages as the languages differ with each state in India. But, the greetings are not based on time in India and a common word ‘Namaste’ is a general word used for all occasions.

Bengali (Indian) । Hyālō (Hy-alao) — hello

Gujarati । namaste (nah-mah-steh) — hello

Hindi । namaste (nah-mah-steh) — hello

Kannada । namaste (nah-mah-steh) / namaskāra (nah-mah-skah-rah) — hello

Malayalam । namaskaram (nah-mah-skahr-ahm) — hello

Marathi । Namaskāra (nah-mah-skahr-aa) — hello

Punjabi (Indian) । sat sri akal (saht sree ah-kahl) — hello

Tamil । vaṇakkam (vah-nahk-kahm) — hello

Telugu । namaskārām (nah-mahs-kaar-am) — hello

Urdu । āssālam ‘alaykum (ahs-sah-lahm ah-lay-koom) — hello

With the help of the list given above, you will find it easy to greet someone saying ‘Hello’ in 120+ distinct languages. 

The language differs with location and you will find language diversity all across the globe. It certainly becomes interesting to learn at least to say hello in different languages across the world.

You can find it interesting how short or how different are the phrases used to say hello in different parts of the world.

The list helps you explore different and unique ways to greet and start the conversation.

P.S.: If we missed anyone and you think it should in this list, please mention them in comments and we will update the list.

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