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 120+ 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 and luckily, at least saying ‘Hello’ is easy to pronounce.

  • 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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