Say “Hello” in 40 Languages & Connect With People Worldwide

Saying hello to a person in their native language helps them warm up to you because they understand that you are trying to “speak” to their nationality and culture.

  • Hello is a greeting (salutation) said when meeting someone or acknowledging someone’s arrival or presence.
  • Hello is sometimes used colloquially as a sarcastic way to imply that the person addressed or referred to has done something the speaker or writer considers to be foolish.
  • And in Britain, a hello can be an expression of puzzlement or discovery.
say hello in diferent languages

So, learn to say “Hello” in 40 languages when you meet people, give them a pleasant surprise, and connect with them easily.

This table offers both formal and informal ways of saying Hello, especially useful for greeting people in different social contexts and cultures.

LanguageFormal HelloPronunciationInformal Hello
ArabicمرحباMarhabaAhlan
BulgarianЗдравейтеZdraveyteZdrasti
CroatianBokBokĆao
CzechAhojAhoyČau
DanishHejHayHalløj
DutchHalloHah-lohHoi
EstonianTereTeh-rehTervist
FilipinoKumustaKoo-moo-stahHoy
FinnishHeiHayMoi
FrenchBonjourBon-zhoorSalut
GermanHalloHah-lohHi
GreekΓειά σουYassouGeia
HebrewשלוםShalomHey
Hindiनमस्तेNamasteHai
HungarianSziaSee-ahSzervusz
IcelandicHallóHa-low
IndonesianHaloHah-loHei
IrishDia dhuitJee-ah ghwitchHaigh
ItalianCiaoChowEhilà
JapaneseこんにちはKonnichiwa
Korean안녕하세요AnnyeonghaseyoAnnyeong
LatvianSveikiSvey-keeČau
LithuanianLabasLah-bahsSveikas
MalteseĦelowHeh-lowĦej
Mandarin Chinese你好Ni haoNǐ hǎo
NorwegianHeiHayHallo
PolishCześćCheshtHej
PortugueseOláOh-lahOi
RomanianBunăBoo-nuhSalut
RussianПриветPrivetZdravstvuy
SerbianЗдравоZdravoĆao
SlovakAhojAhoyČau
SlovenianŽivjoZhiv-yoHej
SpanishHolaOh-lahQué tal
SwedishHejHayTja
ThaiสวัสดีSawasdeeSawatdi
TurkishMerhabaMer-hah-bahSelam
VietnameseXin chàoSin chowChào
WelshHeloHeh-loShwmae
ZuluSawubonaSah-woo-boh-nahUnjani
70 People Reveal How to Say Hello and Goodbye in Their Country | Condé Nast Traveler


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