How To Say

How To Say 'Hello' in 50+ Different Languages

What is one of the most commonly used words around the world? Hello! This is likely to be one of the first things you will say to someone whether it be in your native country or when travelling abroad.

Learning how to say 'hello' in a different language is a great way to make a good impression. It is also very friendly and polite. Picking up 'hello' in a foreign language is a very easy as it is just a single word to translate so requires minimum effort.

View our list of 'hi' in 80+ of the major worldwide languages below. In brackets we have written how best to pronounce the word as it can be difficult to understand when just looking at the direct translation:

We have also included links to worldwide language schools abroad if you would be keen to learn or improve your language skills overseas.


Afrikaans: Hallo

Albanian: Mirë dita

Amharic: ታዲያስ (Tadiyas)

Arabic: مرحبا (Marhaban or Marhabaa)

Azerbaijani: Салам / سلام (salam)

Basque: Kaixo 

Bengali: নমস্কার (Nomoshkaar or Namaskar)

Bosnian: Zdravo 

Brazilian Portugese: Olá or Oi (view Portuguese language schools in Brazil)

Breton: Demat 

Bulgarian: Здравейте (Zdravey)

Catalan: Hola

Chichewa: Moni

Corsican: Bonghjornu

Croatian: Bok

Czech: Ahoj

Danish: Hej

Dutch: Hallo 

English: Hello

Espetanto: Saluton

Estonian: Tere

Farsi: سلام or درود بر تو or درود بر شما (Salaam or Dorood bar to or Dorood bar shoma)

Fijian: Bula

Filipino: Kamusta

Finnish: Hei or Terve

French: Bonjour (view French language schools in France)

Georgian: მიესალმები (miesalmebi)

German: Hallo (view German language schools in Germany)

Greek: Χαίρε (chai-ray) or Γεια σου (yiassoo)

Hausa: Hello

Hawaiian: Aloha 

Hebrew: שלום (Shalom)

Hindi: नमस्ते (Namaste)

Hungarian: Sziasztok

Indonesian: Halo or Hai

Irish: Dia dhuit

Italian: Ciao

Japanese: こんにちは (Kon'nichiwa) (view Japanese language schools in Japan)

Kannada: ನಮಸ್ಕಾರ (Namaskār)

Khmer: ជំរាបសួរ (Cham reap sour)

Korean: 안녕 (Annyeong)

Lao: ສະບາຍດີ (sabaidi)

Latin: Salve 

Latvian: Sveiki

Limburgish: Hallau

Lithuanian: Sveiki

Macedonian: Добар ден (Dobar den)

Malaysian: Selamat tengahari 

Maltese: Ħelow 

Mandarin Chinese: 你好 (Nǐ hǎo) (view Chinese language schools in China)

Maori: Kia ora 

Nepali: नमस्ते (Namaste)

Norwegian: Hei 

Odia: ନମସ୍କାର (Namaskār)

Pashto: سلام (salam)

Polish: Cześć or Hej 

Portugese: Olá or Oi (view Portuguese language schools in Portugal)

Romanian: Buna

Russian: Привет (Preevyet) (view Russian language schools in Russia)

Samoan: Talofa

Scottish Gaelic: Haló 

Serbian: Здраво (Zdravo)

Shanghainese: 侬好 (Noŋ hɔ)

Shona: Mhoro

Slovak: Ahoj

Slovenian: Zdravo

Spanish: Hola (view Spanish language schools in Spain / Spanish language courses in South America)

Swabian: Grüss Gott 

Swahili: Hodi

Swedish: Hej or Hallá 

Tamil: வனக்கம் (Vanakkam)

Vietnamese: Xin chào (Krekt)

Woiworung: Womenjeka 

Yiddish: שלום (Sholem)

Tamil: வணக்கம் (Vanakaam)

Telugu: నమస్కారం (Namaskāram)

Thai: (Female) สวัสดีค่ะ (Sawatdeekha) / (Male): สวัสดีครับ (Sawatdeekhrap) (view Thai language schools in Thailand)

Turkish: Merhaba

Vietnamese: Chào bạn

Welsh: Helo

Yiddish: העלא (Hela)

Zulu: Sawubona


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