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List of Ways to Say Welcome in Different Languages

Some greetings are said universally all over the world. Welcome is one such word. Nearly every language on the planet has their own version of welcome used as a friendly or conversational greeting. To expand your lingual horizons, learn how to say welcome in different languages spoken in every continent.

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Saying 'Welcome' in Europe

It's fun to learn new languages. And when it comes to learning a new language, ‘welcome’ is one of the first words learned. Whether you're interested in language learning or curious to see how greetings differ, explore the different ways 'welcome' is said throughout the European continent

Albanian

i mirëpritur

Bosnian

dobrodošli

Croatian

dobrodošli

Czech

vitejte

Dutch

welkom

Estonian

tere tulemast

Finnish

tervetuloa

French

bienvenue/bienvenu

German

herzlich willkommen

Greek

καλως ΗΡΘΑΤΕ (kalos irthate)

Hungarian

üdvözöljük

Icelandic

velkominn

Irish

fáilte

Italian

benvenuta/ benvenuto

Macedonian

добредојден (dobredojde)

Maltese

merhba

Norwegian

velkommen

Polish

witamy

Portuguese

bem-vinda

Romanian

bine ati venit

Russian

добро пожаловать (dobro pozhalovat)

Spanish

bienvenidas/bienvenidos

Swedish

välkommen

Welsh

croeso

Yiddish

באַגריסן (hela)

Saying Welcome in Asian and Middle Eastern Languages

Middle Eastern and Asian languages don’t typically use the Roman alphabet. Instead, they might use Asian or Middle Eastern characters for their alphabets. For example, Hindi uses devanagari. Korean, on the other hand, uses the syllabic script hangul. Therefore, when discussing how to pronounce 'welcome' in these countries, we’ll use their pronunciation. Explore the different ways welcome is pronounced throughout the Asian continent.

Arabic

أهلا بك (ahlaan bik)

Armenian

ողջույն (bari galust)

Burmese

ကြိုဆို (kyaosopartaal)

Chinese (mandarin)

欢迎 (huanying)

Georgian

მისასალმებელი (mogesalmebit)

Hebrew

ברוך הבא (ba-ruch ha-ba)

Hindi

स्वागत हे (svaagat he)

Japanese

ようこそ (yokoso)

Kannada

ಸ್ವಾಗತಾರ್ಹ (svagata)

Korean

환영 (eoseo osibsio)

Mongolian

тавтай морилно уу (tavtai morilno uu)

Nepali

स्वागत (svagatam)

Persian

خوش آمدی (khosh amadid)

Sinhala

පිළිගැනීමේ (sadarayen piliganimu)

Tamil

வரவேற்பு (varaverpu)

Turkish

hosgeldiniz

Urdu

خوش آمدید (kher mqadam)

Uzbek

xush kelibsiz

Vietnamese

chào mừng

Welcome in Different Languages: African

From distinct tribal languages to the unique click languages of the bush people, Africa has some unique languages. While it would be exceedingly difficult to cover all the diverse languages in Africa, explore different ways to say 'welcome' in common African languages.

Afrikaans

welkom

Chichewa

olandiridwa

Hausa

barka da zuwa

Igbo

nnabata

Sesotho

amohela

Somali

soo dhawow

Swahili

karibu

Yoruba

kaabo

Zulu

wamukelekile

Saying ‘Welcome’ in Island Languages

Just like Africa or Europe, different unique languages are found on the more than 2,000 islands around the world. Some of these ancient tribal languages have a long history like the Maori; however, other languages like Filipino have morphed from other distinct languages like Tagalog. Dive into how ‘welcome’ is said in several island languages. 

Cebuano

maayong

Hawaiian

welina

Filipino

maligayang pagdating

Indonesian

selamat datang

Jamaican

welcome

Javanese

sugeng rawuh

Malagasy

tonga soa

Malay

selamat datang

Maori

haere mai

Samoan

afio mai

Tahitian

maeva/manava

Tongan

talitali fiefia

Saying Welcome in Native American Languages

While many languages found in North America and South America originated in other continents like Europe, there are a few native languages spoken. Find out how to say ‘welcome’ in some of these Native American languages. 

Apache

da’anzho

Cherokee

ulihelisdi

Navajo

yá'át'ééh

Sioux

Taŋyáŋ yahí/Taŋyáŋ yahípi

Yupik

quyana tailuci

Importance of Learning Greetings

When it comes to a new country, first impressions are important. Therefore, having a diverse understanding of how to say ‘welcome’ or ‘hello’ in different languages is important. Even if you know nothing else in the language, the person will realize you are trying to communicate in a positive way. 

Plus learning words like ‘welcome’ in different languages can be your first step into becoming multilingual. To add to your greeting repertoire, you can learn to say ‘hello’ in 37 languages

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