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Hello In All Kinds Of Languages

Do you know how to say hello in different languages? If you do, please post it here ☺☺☺

August 24, 2017



In Romanian there are many ways to say hello. The most common way is "Buna" which if translated literally means "Good" in english but the longer version of this would be "Buna ziua" which means "Good day". Another way to say hello is "Salut", just like in French, however you mostly say this to friends or family. We also say "Alo" but you only say this when your talking on the phone. Then, there's "Hei" which you could obviously guess means "Hey".


In Icelandic, we normally just say (which is more like "hi"). The other way is sæl (talking to a woman) and sæll (talking to a man). There's also simply halló, which is a bit more formal.


In all the languages I am studying and plan on studying :

  • English : Hello ( well this one I'm not studying, as it's already my mother-tongue )
  • German : Hallo
  • Norwegian : Hallo
  • Danish : Hej
  • Swedish : Hej
  • Icelandic : Hállo
  • Faroese : Hállo
  • Russian : Здраствуйте
  • Finnish : Terve
  • Karelian : Terveh
  • French : Salut
  • Japanese : こんにちは
  • Chinese : 你好


That's a lot of languages ☺☺☺


Kazakh: сәлем Bulgarian: здравей(те) Uzbek: Salom/салом Kabardian: уузыншэм

I would add more, but it's kind of late and I probably shouldn't be here anyway.


Languages I can speak with a reasonable level:

Portuguese (my mother tongue) - Olá/ Oi

Catalan - Hola

Spanish - Hola

English - Hi/ Hello

Languages that I can speak in a basic way:

French - Salut

Esperanto - Saluton

Languages that I am studying or that I can speak some very basic things:

Dutch - Hoi

German - Hallo

Italian - Ciao

Romanian - Buna/ Salut

Swedish - Hej

some languages that I intend to speak one day:

Occitan - Adieussiatz

Mandarin - Nihao

Russian - Privet


Very cool! Great job XD


A couple that haven't been listed yet:

Sumerian: Silim

Hittite: Assu

I have studied both informally, but intend to study them at a university in the future.


hola: hello in spanish. Hydrofluoric acid: goodbye


In Lojban, “coi” is used as a greeting: .i coi la'o sy. toggitang3 .sy

Also, “doi” is used like, doi .djon. .e'apei mi klama le vimku'a “Hey, John, can I go to the bathroom?”

Additionally, “ju'i” is a way call demand attention from the listener(s). ju'i minde .i mi pu facki le besna be do “Attention, Commander. I found your brain.”


Russian Здравствуйте – Hello Привет – Hi


In Korean we say 안녕하세요 to an adult and 안녕 to a friend or to a person younger than you


Spanish: Hola

Portuguese: Ola

French: Bonjour

Italian: Ciao

German: Hallo


Japanese - こんにちは


In Tagalog, we don't really have a word for hello, so we just say "Kamusta" which literally means "How are you".


hello! hallo! hola! ola! <--- hello in the languages i know/am studying. but also kaixo! salut! hoi! ni hao! kon'nichiwa! marhabaan! ciao! i know these for whatever reason.


Turkish; Merhaba, Selam


Toki Pona: Toki


Estonian: Tere! (I'm sure there are other ways, but my Estonian is teeny tiny.)
Hebrew: שלום, היי (Hi, Shalom)
Russian: Здравствуй(те), привет, hello/greetings, hi.
Esperanto: Saluton
French: Bonjour/salut (more formal, less formal)


As far as I know: English: Hello. Dutch: Hallo. German: Hallo. French: salut. chinese (this is how you say it.):Nihaw.


Myaamia (Miami-Illinois): Aya

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