How to Say Hello in Different Languages

World travel is good for the soul. It opens your eyes to ways of living you might've never considered. Perhaps Moroccan cuisine will inspire you to enjoy new varieties of tea. Or Japanese decor will inspire you to embrace a "less is more" attitude.

Either way, there's one ice breaker that'll never let you down throughout your travels. Learning how to say hello in different languages will open the door to all kinds of conversations and experiences. Let's spin that globe and venture far and wide, from Egypt to Korea, and beyond.

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Hello Around the World

Indeed, nothing beats a nod of the head and a simple greeting. It's the best way to open up lines of communication with new friends. Here are several ways to say hi in different languages, including both formal and informal scenarios:

Language

Formal

Informal

Afrikaans

Goeie dag (pronounced "gwee eh dahg")

Hallo (pronounced "hah low")

Arabic

Asalaam alaikum (pronounced "ah salam u alay koom")

Ahlan (pronounced ah lahn)

Armenian

Barev dzez (pronounced "ba rev d-zez")

Barev (pronounced "ba rev")

Basque

Kaixo (pronounced "ki show")

Epa (pronounced "eh pah")

Chinese (Mandarin)

Nǐ hǎo (pronounced "nee how")

Hā luō (sounds like "hello")

Croatian

Dobar dan (pronounced "doe bar dahn")

Bok (pronounced "book")

Czech

Morning hours: Dobré ráno (pronounced "doe bray rah no")

Daytime hours: Dobrý den (pronounced "do bree den")

Evening hours: Dobrý večer (pronounced "do bree vay cher")

Ahoj (pronounced "ahoy")

Danish

Hej (pronounced "hi")

Halløj (pronounced "halloy")

Dutch

Hallo (pronounced "hah low")

Hoi (pronounced "hoy")

Farsi

Do'rud (pronounced "doh rood")

Salâm (pronounced "salaam")

Filipino (Tagalog)

Mabuhay (pronounced "mah boo hi")

Kamusta (pronounced "cahm usta")

French

Daytime hours: Bonjour (pronounced "boh zhoor")

Evening hours: Bonsoir (pronounced "boh swahr")

Salut (Pronounced "sa-loo")

German

Guten Tag (pronounced "goo ten tahg"

Hallo or Hi

Greek

Γεια σου or Geia sas (Pronounced "ya su")

Γεια or Geia

(Pronounced "ya")

Hawaiian

Aloha (pronounced "a low ha")

Aloha

Hebrew

Shalom (pronounced "shuh lowm")

Hay (pronounced "hi")

Hindi

Namaste (pronounced "nah mah stay")

He (pronounced "hee")

Hungarian

Jó napot (pronounced "yo ah na put")

Szia (pronounced "see ya")

Indonesian

Morning hours: Selamat pagi (pronounced "suh lah mat pah gee")

Daytime hours: Selamat siang (pronounced "suh lah mat see awng")

Afternoon hours: Selamat sore (pronounced "suh lah mat sor ee")

Evening hours: Selamat malam (pronounced "suh lah mat mah lahm")

Halo (pronounced "hah low")

Irish Gaelic

Dia duit (pronounced "dee a gwit")

Haigh (pronounced "hay")

Italian

Salve (pronounced "sahl vay")

Ciao (pronounced "chow")

Japanese

Morning hours: Ohayō gozaimasu (pronounced "oh-high-yoh goh-zai-ee-mas")

Daytime hours: Konnichiwa (pronounced "koh nee chi wah")

Evening hours: Konbanwa (pronounced "kohn bahn wa")

Yā (pronounced "yah" or Yō (pronounced "yoh")

Korean

Annyeong haseyo (pronounced "ahn yoong hah say yoh")

Annyeong (pronounced "ahn yoong")

Norwegian

Morning hours: God morgen (pronounced "gu morn")

Daytime hours: God dag (pronounced "gu dahg")

Evening hours: God kveld (pronounced "gu kuh veld")

Hei (pronounced "hi")

Maori

Tēnā koe (pronounced "ten ah kwi")

Kia ora (pronounced "key oh ra")

Polish

Dzień dobry (pronounced "gin dobrey")

Cześć (pronounced "cheh-sh-ch")

Portuguese

Olá (pronounced "oh la")

Oi (pronounced "oy")

Romanian

Bună ziua (pronounced "boo nah zee wa")

Bună (pronounced "boo na")

Russian

Zdravstvuyte (pronounced "z-drah stvooy te")

Привет or Privet (pronounced "pree vee yet")

Spanish

Hola (pronounced "oh la")

Qué tal (pronounced "kay tahl")

Swahili

Habari (pronounced "ha barr ee")

Hujambo (pronounced "who jahm bow")

Swedish

God dag (pronounced "gu dahg")

Hej (pronounced "hey")

Thai

When greeting a man: Sawatdee krup (pronounced "suh wah tee crop")

When greeting a woman: Sawatdee ka (pronounced "suh wah tee kah")

When greeting a man: Watdee krap (pronounced "wah tee crop")

When greeting a woman: Watdee ka (pronounced "wah tee kah")

Turkish

Merhaba (pronounced "mar hah bah")

Selam (pronounced "seh lahm")

Vietnamese

Xin chào (pronounced "sin jow")

Chào bạn (pronounced "jow bahn")

Welsh

Helô (pronounced huh-low)

S'mae (pronounced "suh-may")

Zulu

Sanibonani (pronounced "sah-nee-boh-bah-nee")

Sawubona (pronounced "sah-woo-boh-nah")

"How Are You?" in Different Languages

If you're feeling comfortable in your new surroundings, one of the best ways to follow up "hello" is with "how are you?" Let's review this common phrase in each of the languages listed above:

Language

How Are You?

Afrikaans

Hoe gaan dit? (pronounced "who han eet")

Arabic

When greeting a man: Ezayak? (pronounced "ez aye ack")

When greeting a man: Ezayik? (pronounced "ez aye ick")

Armenian

Vonts ek? (pronounced "vonts eck")

Basque

Zer moduz? (pronounced "sare mah dues")

Chinese (Mandarin)

Nǐ hǎoma? (pronounced "nee how mah")

Croatian

Kako si? (pronounced "kah koh see")

Czech

Jak se máš? (pronounced "yahk suh mahg")

Danish

Hvordan har du det? (pronounced "vor den har du det")

Dutch

Hoe gaat het met je? (pronounced "who haht het met ye")

Farsi

Haletun chetore? (pronounced "hal eh toon che toree")

Filipino (Tagalog)

Kamusta ka na? (pronounced "kah moos ta kah nah")

French

Informal: Comment vas-tu? (pronounced "coh moh vah too") or Comment ça va? (pronounced "coh moh sah vah")

Formal: Comment allez-vous? (pronounced "coh moh tah lay voo")

German

Wie geht es dir? (pronounced "vee geet es deer")

Greek

Πώς είσαι or Pós eísai? (pronounced "pos ee saeh")

Hawaiian

Pehea 'oe (pronounced "pay hey oy")

Hebrew

Mah ha'inyanim? (pronounced "mah hah-in yah neem")

Hindi

āpa kaise hain? (pronounced "ahp kay say hayn")

Hungarian

Hogy van? (pronounced "hoe jee vahn")

Indonesian

Apa kabar? (pronounced "ah pah kah bar")

Irish Gaelic

Conas atá tú? (pronounced "kun as ah thaw too")

Italian

Informal: Come stai? (pronounced "koh me stah ee")

Formal: Come sta? (pronounced "koh me stah")

Japanese

O genki desu ka? (pronounced "oh gen key des kah")

Korean

Eotteohge jinae? (pronounced "oh etto ketch eh ney")

Norwegian

Hvordan har du det? (pronounced "vor den har du det")

Maori

Kei te pēhea koe? (pronounced "ki teh pee eh quey")

Polish

Jak się masz? (pronounced "yak zhou mash")

Portuguese

Como você está? (pronounced "koh mo vie voh say")

Romanian

Ce mai faci? (pronounced "sheh my fatch")

Russian

Как вы поживаете? (pronounced "kak vee poszh eva yeh teh")

Spanish

¿Cómo está? (pronounced "koh mo es tah")

Swahili

Habari gani? (pronounced "ha bar ee gah nee")

Swedish

Hur mår du? (pronounced "hoor more do")

Thai

Pĕn xỳā

ngrị b̂āng? (pronounced "koon pen yan ri bahng")

Turkish

Nasılsın? (pronounced "nas oos en")

Vietnamese

Bạn khỏe không? (pronounced "bahn quay quong")

Welsh

Sut ydych chi (pronounced "shu duch chee")

Zulu

Unjani (pronounced "ooh jah nee")

If someone happens to ask you how you're doing, you might want to know how to say thank you in return. Here's How to Say Thank You in Many Languages.

Be a Modern Linguist

It may not be possible to learn the language of every country on your bucket list. But, a show of respect with greetings in different languages will serve you well. Knowing how to say hello in other languages is a great start. From there, let Google Translate work its magic or cross your fingers in the hope that your new acquaintance has a little English.

If you believe Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and you'd like to check out a Christmas market in, say, Germany or Italy, keep Words to Wish You a Merry Christmas as a reference for your travels.

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