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How to Say ‘Hello’ in 23 Different Languages

How to Say Hello in Different Languages: Formal and Informal Greetings in Different Languages

It is valuable to know how to say hello in different languages, as a simple ‘hello’ is often the first point of call for human interaction. Most importantly, the way we say hello can build the relationship with the other person. You may choose different ways to say hello depending on the situation and environment that you are speaking the language in.  For instance, you may use a formal hello for a business trip abroad, or an informal hello when meeting fellow travellers on holiday. Knowing how to say hello in different languages in certain situations is a great starting point for learning a language.

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How to say ‘hello’ in different languages across the world:

Hello in Spanish

Formal: Hola
Informal: ¿Qué tal? (keh-tahl) – What’s up?

Hello in German

Formal: Guten Tag
Informal: Hallo, Hi

Hello in Italian

Formal: Salve
Informal: Ciao

Hello in French

Formal: Bonjour
Informal: Salut

Hello in Portuguese

Formal: Olá
Informal: Oi

Hello in Russian

Formal: Zdravstvuyte (zdra-stvooy-te)
Informal: Privet

Hello in Mandarin

Formal: Nǐn hǎo
Informal: Nǐ hǎo (nee haow)

Hello in Japanese

Formal: Konnichiwa

Hello in Korean

Formal: Anyoung haseyo
Informal: Anyoung

Hello in Arabic

Formal: Asalaam alaikum (Peace be upon you)
Informal: Marhaban (mahr-hah-bahn), Ahlan (ah-lahn)

Hello in Czech

Formal: Dobrý den
Informal: Ahoj

Hello in Croatian

Formal: Dobar dan
Informal: Zdravo

Hello in Danish

Formal: Goddag
Informal: Hej, Halløj

Hello in Dutch

Formal: Goedendag
Informal: HoiHallo

Hello in Greek

Formal: Yassas
Informal: Yassou

Hello in Polish

Formal: Dzień dobry (jine-dobree)
Informal: Cześć (chech-sh-ch), Witaj

Hello in Hindi

Formal: Namaste, Namaskar
Informal: Hai, Helo

Hello in Turkish

Formal: Merhaba (mehr-hah-bah)
Informal: Selam (sel-um)

Hello in Hebrew

Formal: Shalom (shah-lohm)
Informal: Hey

Hello in Swedish

Formal: God dag
Informal: Hej, Tjena

Hello in Norwegian

Formal: God dag
Informal: Hei

Hello in Thai

Informal: S̄wạs̄dī (sah-wah-dee)

Hello in Cantonese

Informal: néih hóu (nay-ho)

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