How to Say ‘Hello’ in 23 Different Languages

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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:


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


Formal: Guten Tag
Informal: Hallo, Hi


Formal: Salve
Informal: Ciao


Formal: Bonjour
Informal: Salut


Formal: Olá
Informal: Oi


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


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


Formal: Konnichiwa


Formal: Anyoung haseyo
Informal: Anyoung


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


Formal: Dobrý den
Informal: Ahoj


Formal: Dobar dan
Informal: Zdravo


Formal: Goddag
Informal: Hej, Halløj


Formal: Goedendag
Informal: HoiHallo


Formal: Yassas
Informal: Yassou


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


Formal: Namaste, Namaskar
Informal: Hai, Helo


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


Formal: Shalom (shah-lohm)
Informal: Hey


Formal: God dag
Informal: Hej, Tjena


Formal: God dag
Informal: Hei


Informal: S̄wạs̄dī (sah-wah-dee)


Informal: néih hóu (nay-ho)


More Information About the Languages:

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