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.