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Selam or merhaba?

While in real life, I often hear people use "Selam" instead of Merhaba. So, where's the difference?

May 25, 2019

23 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/smail600829

Religious? Lol.. These are completely traditional and widespread type of greetings in Turkey..

May 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Retromolare

I partly do not agree with the comments. Yes, "selam" is a word which originated from Arabic and Islam. But in the daily usage, "selam" means just "hi". It has a little or none religious concept. Religious people do not often say just "selam", instead, they say "selamın aleyküm". I am not a religious man but I often say "selam".

So, you can use both words for greeting (selam or merhaba).

May 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mxtxo

Merhaba is also from Arabic :)

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/UzumakiHir

selam is more friendly and candid.

May 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Fr0stedFr0st

Selam is religional greeting word. But you can use both for greetings.

May 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Greenstar_Honda

Ah, alright, thanks

May 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Woeey

Selam-ın Aleyküm is religional word,selam is not but i advise you to say "N'aber"

May 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TaaeerZA

Religional? Guys that's not a word. Böyle bir kelime yok.

May 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Woeey

You're right, I used it because he used it.thanks for information

June 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/_quantumphysics_

ahahhaha

June 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TaaeerZA

They're like hi and hello. Eles são como oi e olá.

May 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SASSYandsisters.

That's taken from Arabic lol. I mean in Arabic "salam" is used by muslims so I'm guessing "Selam" is religious in Turkish too. In Arabic it's "Marhaban", and it's used by everyone. I think it probably is the same with Turkish really... :)

Edit: Nvm Fr0sted beat me to it. ;p

May 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/smail600829

Selam means peace.. Selamün aleyküm means peace on you.. Aleyküm selam means peace on you too.. Merhaba means be relax.... etc

May 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Eysan629

Some say selam is religious but no. ''Selamün aleyküm'' is religious but both selam and merhaba are often used in daily life.

June 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/orde90

Selam is informal and more friendly. You will also notice that the 'h' in the middle of Merhaba is not pronounced sometimes, which makes it sound less informal than Merhaba itself but still more formal than Selam.

June 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/KPrxFoVG

Selam - usually preferred by young people. Merhaba - more general. And Selamun Aleyküm is religious

June 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Berk729188

Nothing. You can say "merhaba" too. There is no difference.

May 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Greenstar_Honda

Okay, thanks

May 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/emreakd

"Selam" is generally used in circle of friends "Selamın Aleyküm" is generally used in daily conversations by Muslims. It's used by almost all of the muslims not only by religionist people.

But "Merhaba" is more formal. Generally used in formal conversations, business meetings etc. Also you can use it against people who you don't know or you know less.

Except, for example: I say "merhaba" to women and I say "Selamın Aleyküm" to men.

May 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Lajudokatte58

they are the same

May 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/senihavoyvot

Well, yes "Selam" may have a religious background (salamum alaikum) but it's now just a more informal way to say "Hi."

In a day if you are just talking with your friends you can say "Selam, n'aber?" which means "Hey, what's up?" but in places that you must be serious and formal you should say "Merhaba"

Also, you can use "Merhaba" as "Merhabalar" it's an other informal way to say "Hi"

June 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Burak724970

"Merhaba" is more formal than "selam" You can use "merhaba" to everyone but "selam" is more informal. (as far as I know both them comes from Arabic)

July 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/MustafaOuz526752

There is no difference between them. Personally, I prefer saying selam. It sounds more modern.

June 8, 2019
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