There’s no doubt that all of you are familiar with the meaning of the word Hello.
And at least half of you know how to say Hello in Chinese, French, Spanish or German.
But how many of you know how to greet someone in languages like Polish, Malayalam or Hebrew? Not many, right?
So, let’s learn how to say it. As a matter of fact, today we’re going to teach you how to say Hello in 100 different languages.
Different languages worldwide
It’s a well-known fact that languages are extremely important. They allow people to communicate with each other and express their thoughts, feelings and opinions.
Today, there are around 6.500 languages in the world. Around 2.000 of them have fewer than 1.000 speakers.
It means that some of the languages are considered ‘small,’ while others, such as Mandarin Chinese (with around 1.200.000.000 speakers) or English (with around 1.000.000.000 speakers) are considered ‘big.’
Every language is beautiful in its own way. Every language is worth learning too.
Start with the basics
When you take on a new language, Hello is among the first words to learn. Knowing how to greet someone in their language is important because it shows respect and willingness to get to know them.
When you go aboard, local people always appreciate tourists that try to talk to them in their language. Why wouldn’t you be that tourist?
It’s not that hard. It just takes a couple of minutes of your time. If you decide to take it one step further, then it might take you hours or days to learn more phrases.
But if you want to impress them, knowing how to greet them can be sufficient.
That is why we decided to teach how to say Hello both formally and informally in 100 different languages.
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Hello in 100 different languages
In some languages, there are different ways to say ‘hello.’
Some languages have a formal and informal way of speaking.
And some of them are so similar, that you might think that they are the same.
Let’s dive in.
Formal: Goeie dag
Informal: Hallo!/ Haai!
Formal: ሰላም ጤና ይስጥልኝ (selam tena jistilign)
Informal: ሰላም (Selam)
Formal: Asalaam alaikum (Peace be upon you)
Formal: Barev dzez
Formal: Arratsalde on
Formal: আসসালামু আলাইকুম (Assalamu alaikum) for Muslims; নমস্কার (Nômôskar) for Hindus
Formal: Dobar dan, Zdravo
Informal: Ćao, Bok
Formal: Добър ден ( Dob’r den)
Formal: Min-ga-la-ba shin- said by a woman; Min-ga-la-ba khin-bah- said by a man.
Formal: 你好 ( nei5 hou2)
Informal: 哈囉 ( haa1 lo3)
Formal: Bon dia
Informal: Hello/ Hoy/ Uy
Formal: 您好 (Nǐn hǎo)
Informal:你好( Nǐ hǎo)
Formal: Dobar dan
Informal: Zdravo/ Bok
Formal: Dobrý den
Informal: Ahoj/ Nazdar! ( this one usually use young people when meet each other)
Informal: Hej, Halløj
Informal: Hoi, Hallo
Formal: سلام عليكم ( Salaam ‘aleikum), أهلا وسهلا ( MarHaba)
Informal: اهلا ( Helo)
Informal:Sal, Ahoj hoj
Both formal and informal: Alekay
Response to ‘Alekay:’ Miledzi
Formal: Ni sa bula/Ni sa bula vinaka
Formal: Magandang Hapon
Informal: Kamusta/ Musta
Formal: Hyvää päivää!
Informal: Haloo/ Hei
Formal: Boa tarde
Formal: დილა მშვიდობისა! (Dila mschvidobisa!)
Informal: გამარჯობა (gamarschoba)
Formal: Guten Tag
Informal: Hallo, Hi
Formal: Γεια σας (Yassas)
Informal: Γεια σου(Yassou)/ Γεια (Ya)
Formal: નમસ્તે ( Namaste)
Informal: કેમ ચો (Kem cho)
Formal: Salama alaikum, A gaishai ka (ki)
Both formal and informal: Aloha
Formal: שלום ( Shalom)
Formal: नमस्ते (Namaste),नमस्कार ( Namaskar)
Informal: Hai, Helo
Formal: Nyob zoo (Nyaw zhong)
Formal: Szervusz/ Szevasz
Formal: Halló ( pronounced as hallaw)
Formal: Selamat siang
Informal: Hi/ Halo
Formal: Dia dhuit
Informal: Yā, Yō
Formal: ನಮಸ್ಕಾರ (Namaskāra)
Formal: Chom Reap Sour
Both formal and informal: ھیلو
Informal:Ni kwega/ Natya
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Formal:안녕하세요 (Annyeong Haseyo)
Formal: Saibaidee ton sao
Formal: Salve, Ave
Note: Since Latin is a dead language, there is no difference in formal, or informal way of speaking.
Formal: Misawa; Misawa ahinya (reply)
Informal: Ber; Ber ahinya (reply)
Formal: Добар ден ( Dobar den)
Informal: Здраво (Zdravo)
Formal: Selamat tengah hari
Formal: നമസ്തേ (namastē)/ നമസ്കാരം (namaskaram)
Formal: Tēnā koe
Informal: Kia ora
Formal:Сайн байна уу ( Sain baina uu)
Informal: Сайн уу (sain uu)
Formal: اسلا عليكم ( ssalamū 'lekum)
Informal: السلام ( Selam)
Formal: नमस्कार ( Namaskar), नमस्ते (Namaste)
Formal: God dag
Formal: سلام دې وي (Salaam alaikum)
Informal: سلام (Salam)
Formal: سلام, ظهر بخیر ( Salām, zohr bekheir)
Informal: سلام (Salām)
Formal: Dzień dobry
Informal: Cześć, Witaj
Formal: Sat sri akaal (ਸਤ ਸੀ੍ ਅਕਾਲ)
Informal: ਹੈਲੋ ( Hailō)
Formal: Bună ziua/ Salut
Informal: Ciao/ Neata
Formal: Здравствуйте ( Zdravstvuyte)
Informal: Привет (Privet)
Formal: नमस्का (Namaskaaraa), नमस्ते (Namaste)
Informal: किं भो ( Kim bhoho )
Formal: Добар дан (Dobar dan)/ Здраво (Zdravo)
Informal: Ћао (Ćao)
Formal: ආයුඛෝවන් ( āyubūvan)
Informal: හෙලෝ ( Helō)
Formal: Dobrý deň
Formal: Živjo, Pozdravljeni
Formal: Salaam alaykum/ Always reply with: Wa alaykum salaam
Informal: See tahay
Informal: Que tál?
Informal: Habari, Hujambo
Formal: God dag
Informal: Hej, Tjena
Formal: வணக்கம்! (Vaṇakkam)
Formal: Isänme, Sawmı
Formal: నమస్కారం (namaskārām)
Formal: สวัสดี (Sà-wàt-dii)
Informal: หวัดดี (wàt-dii), ดี (dii)
Formal: Dumela- to one person; Dumelang- to a group of people
Formal: Maa ha
Formal: Здравствуйте ( Zdravstvuyte)
Informal: Привіт ( Privit)
Formal: السلام علیکم (‘assalam-o-alaikum)
Informal: ہیلو ( Hello)
Formal: Assalomu alaykum
Formal: Xin chào
Formal: Sawubona- to one person; Sanibonani- to a group of people
Formal: Helô, Hylô
Both formal and informal: Salaam aleekum
Always respond with: Malekum salaam
Formal: E nle ma, E nle sir
Informal: E nle o
Fun facts about languages
As you can see, languages aren’t boring. In fact, they can be quite fun.
To show you that languages can be a blast, we also put together a list of some interesting facts about them. Check them out:
Chinese is the most spoken language in the worldwith more than 1.2 billion speakers. It is alsothe hardest language to learn.
Most of the languages are spoken in Asia and Africa. In Europe only 3% of the world’s languages are spoken, 225 of them.
Half of the population is bilingual or plurilingual, which means that they can speak two or more languages.
Every language has around 50.000 words. For everyday conversations, people use only a few hundred words.
The English language used to borrow many words and phrases from other languages. Today; it’s happening vice versa. Many other languages borrow English words and phrases.
Almost every day one language in the world is lost because of the death of its last speaker. That's why we say they areendangered. For example, there are at least 20 languages with only one speaker left.
Esperanto was made with a purpose to bring peace in the world. Unfortunately, that didn’t work.
In Papua New Guinea there are around 800 languages.
Tamil is the world’s oldest language that is still spoken.
If you think that Basque is a member of the Romance language family, along with Spanish, you are wrong. No matter if it’s spoken in Spain, it doesn’t belong to any language family.
This was the list of 100 different languages. Do you think it’s too long?
Then imagine 6.500 different languages. Compared to that number, 100 is just a tiny number.
It’s always nice to see how some countries have different ways of saying ‘hello’ or how much similarity there is between some languages.
If you decide to learn a language, you might check this article first and see which one seems the most fascinating for you. Also, what’s your mother tongue? Start from there, maybe there’s a language that’s similar to yours. Good luck!
Which language on this list seems the easiest for you? Share with us in the comments below!