42 ways to say hello

42 ways to say Hello ……. that you may not know

Hello, how are you – are you having a good day?

 

These are straightforward greetings that we use everyday. They acknowledge the person you see or are meeting, break down barriers and can make someone’s day.

How many languages are there?

There is still some dispute, over how many languages there are in the world.

Current thinking is 7,099 languages! (according to the most extensive catalog of the world’s languages, Ethnologue).

So if we can say Hello in even a few of those 7,099 we will be doing very well!

I have collated a somewhat smaller and more manageable list of 42 languages here. I’ve chosen ones that are less well known; some you may know, some you may not. Give them a go and see how you do.

If you recognise them or indeed if you speak them let me know in the comments section below. Here we go.

42 ways to say Hello

  1. Albanian

  • tjeta (TYEH-tah) — hello (informal)
  1. Arabic

  • as-salām ‘alaykum(ahs-sahlahm ‘ah-leh-loom) — hello (formal)
  • marhaban(mahr-hah-bahn) / ahlan (ah-lahn) — hello (informal)
  1. Basque

  • kaixo(kai-sho) — hello
  1. Burmese

  • mingalarba(min-ga-la-ba) — hello
  1. Cambodian

  • chum reap suor — hello (formal)
  • sous-dey — hello (informal)
  1. Cantonese

  • néih hóu — hello

Chinese Street with lanterns

  1. Catalan

  • hola(OH-lah) — hello
  1. Chichewa

  • moni(moh-nee) / muli bwanji (moo-lee bwahn-jee) — hello
  1. Croatian

  • bok(bohk) — hello
  1. Czech

  • dobrý den(DOH-bree dehn) — good day
  • ahoj(ahoy) — hello
  1. Estonian

  • tere(TEHR-reh) — hello
  1. Finland

  • hei – hello
  1. Fijian

  • ni sa bula(nee sah boo-lah) — hello
  • bula(boo-lah) — hello (informal)
  1. Frisian

  • goeie(GOO-ee) — hello

Croatian bay

  1. Georgian

  • gamarjoba(gah-mahr-joh-bah) — hello
  1. Gujarati

  • namaste(nah-mah-steh) — hello
  • kem cho(kem-choh) — hello (lit. How are you?)
  1. Hausa

  • salama alaikum(sah-lahm-ah ah-lai-koom) — hello (formal)
  • sannu(sahn-noo) — hello (informal)
  1. Hawaiian

  • aloha(ah-loh-hah) — hello
  1. Hindi

  • namaste(nah-mah-steh) — hello
  1. Icelandic

  • halló(ha-loh) — hello
  • (hai) — hi
  1. Igbo

  • ndêwó(in-deh-woh) — hello (formal)
  • kèdú(keh-doh) — hello (informal)
  1. Japanese

  • konnichiwa(kohn-nee-chee-wah) — good afternoon / hello

Japanes Monkeys in hot spring

  1. Kinyarwanda

  • muraho(moo-rah-hoh) — hello
  • bite(bee-teh) — hello (informal)
  1. Lao

  • sabaidee (sah-bai-dee) — hello
  1. Lingala

  • mbote(mboh-teh) — hello
  1. Luganda

  • ki kati(kee kah-tee) — hello (informal)
  1. Luxembourgish

  • moïen(moy-en) — hello
  1. Malay

  • hai(hai) — hello (informal)
  1. Maori

  • kia ora(kee-ah aw-rah) — hello (informal)
  1. Mongolian

  • sain baina uu(sain bai-na OO) — hello
  1. Ndebele

  • salibonani(sah-lee-boh-nah-nee) — hello
  1. Nepali

  • namaste(nah-mahs-teh) — hello
  1. Norwegian

  • god dag(goo dahg) — hello
  • hei(hay) — hi
  1. Pashto

  • salaam(sah-lahm) — hello
  • khe chare(KHEH chah-reh) — hello (informal)
  1. Romanian

  • salut(sah-LOOT) — hello
  1. Scottish Gaelic

  • Halò (ha-low) Scottish Gaelic

Scottish Highlands

  1. Slovene

  • živjo(ZHEE-vyoh) / zdravo (ZDRAH-voh) — hello
  1. Swahili

  • jambo(jahm-boh) — hello
  1. Tahitian

  • ia ora na(ee-ah oh-rah-na) — hello
  1. Tongan

  • mālō e lelei(mah-loh ah leh-leh) — hello
  1. Vietnamese

  • xin chào(sin chow) — hello
  1. Welsh

  • helo(he-loh) — hello

Remember to let me know if you know these, have used them or if they should be said differently.

Until next time!

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