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Hello in many languages

This page shows equivalents of 'hello' or similar general greetings in many languages. It also shows how to say 'hello' on the telephone, if there is a different way of doing so.

Guide to abbreviations: inf = informal, frm = formal, sg = singular (said sg), dl = dual (said to two people), pl = plural (said to three or more people), rsp = respectful form, m = said by men, f = said by women

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Language Hello / general greetings
Abkhaz Бзиа збаша (Bzia zbaşa)
Бзиара убааит (Bziara ubaait) - m
Бзиара ббааит (Bziara bbaait) - f
Бзиара жәбааит (Bziara žəbaait) - pl
Adyghe Фэсапщы
Сэлам (inf)
Afrikaans Haai (inf)
Hallo
Goeie dag (frm)
Akkadian Hello in Akkadian Cuneiform (allû)
(allû)
Hello in Akkadian Cuneiform (šulmu)
(šulmu)
Aklan Kamusta
Hay
Hello
Albanian (Gheg) Fâla
Mir-dita (good day)
Qysh je ?
Si je ?
Tun-gât-jeta (may your life be longer)
Albanian (Tosk) Ç'kemi
Tungjatjeta
Aleut Aang
Alsatian Hallo
Güete Tag
Buschur
Güata Tàg
Göte Tàij
Grias di wohl
Salü
Altay Эзендер (Ezender) - frm
Эзен (Ezen) - inf
Amharic ሰላም። (sälam) [peace] - inf
ታዲያስ። (tadyass) - inf [how is it?] - inf
ጤና ይስጥልኝ። (ṭenaisṭəlləň) >frm
[may he (God) give you health on my behalf]
Arabic
(Modern Standard)
(as-salām 'alaykum) السلام عليكم
rsp - (wa 'alaykum as-salām) و عليكم السلام
inf - (marḥaban) مرحبا
Arabic
(Egyptian)
(is salām 'alaykum) ألسّلام عليكم
rsp - (wa 'alaykum is salām) وعليكم السّلام
(ahlan wa sahlan) أهلاً و سهلاً
rsp - (ahlan beek) أهلاً بيك
inf - (ahlan) أهلاً
Arabic
(Lebanese)
Mar7aba
Arabic
(Moroccan)
(ssalamū 'lekum) اسلا عليكم
Aragonese Ola
Aramaic Shl'am lak שלמלך (>m)
Sh'lam lek שלמלך (>f)
Sh'lam l-kon (>mpl)
Sh'lam l-ken (>fpl)
Arapaho Héébee (>m)
Tous (>f)
Armenian
(Eastern)
բարև(Barev) inf
ԲարևՁեզ (Barev dzez) frm
Armenian
(Western)
Բարեւ: (Parev) inf
Բարեւ ձեզ: (Parev tsez) frm
Aromanian Bunâ dzuâ
Arrernte Werte
Assamese নমস্কাৰ (nômôskar)
Asturian Hola
Bonos díes
Atikamekw Kwei
Matcaci
Aymara Laphi!
Jay
Azerbaijani Salam
Salam əleyküm
Əleyküm salam (reply)
Bashkir сәләм
(säläm)
Basque Kaixo
Batak (Toba) Horas
Bavarian Seavus
Grias god
Grias di
Moizaid (mealtime greeting)
Belarusian Вітаю (Vitaju)
Дзень добры (Dzień dobry)
Дабрыдзень (Dabrydzień)
Прывітанне (Pryvitańnie) - inf
Bengali নমস্কার (nômoshkar) - for Hindus
আসসালামু আলাইকুম (assalamualaikum)
স্লামালিকুম (slamalikum) - for Muslims
Bhojpuri प्रणाम (prannam)
Bosnian Dobar dan (frm)
Zdravo
Breton Salud
Mat an traoù?
Mat an traoù ganit? (inf)
Mat an traoù ganeoc'h (frm/pl)
Bulgarian Здравейте (Zdravejte) frm
Здравей (Zdravej) inf
Здрасти (Zdrasti) inf
Привет (Privet) - regards, greetings
Burmese မဂႆလာပၝ (min-ga-la-ba)
Cape Verdean Creole Olá
Oi
Catalan Hola
Bon dia
Cebuano Hello
Hoy
Uy
Chabacano de Zamboanga Que tal? Hola!
Chabacano de Cavite Ola
Chamorro
(Guam dialect)
Håfa ådai
Buenas
Chamorro
(North Marianas dialect)
Hafa Adai
Chechen Салам (Salam)
Cherokee ᎣᏏᏲ (Osiyo)
'ᏏᏲ (Siyo)
Chichewa Moni
Moni onse (hello all of you)
Chinese
(Cantonese)
你好 (néih hóu)
Chinese
(Hakka)
你好 (ngi2 ho3)
你好冇? (ngi2 ho3 mo?)
Chinese
(Mandarin)
你好 (nǐ hǎo) - inf
您好 (nín hǎo) - frm
Chinese
(Shanghainese)
侬好 (nóng hō)
大家好! (dâka hō!) - hello everybody
饭吃过伐? (ve qik gu va?)
飯吃了嗎? - "have you eaten?"
Chinese
(Taiwanese)
你好 (lí-hó) - sg
恁好 (lín-hó) - pl
Chinese
(Teochew)
汝好 (leu2 ho2)
Chipewyan ʔédlánet’é
Choctaw Halito
Cimbrian Guuten takh!
Cornish Dydh da
Hou
Ha
Hou sos
Lowena dhis (sg)
Lowena dhywgh (pl)
Corsican Salute
Bonghjornu
Croatian Bok
Ćao
Dobar Dan
Cuyonon Hello
Kamosta?
Czech Ahoj (inf)
Čau (inf)
Čus (inf)
Nazdar (inf)
Dobrý (inf)
Dobrý den (frm)
Danish Hej
Dutch Hallo
Goededag
Goeiedag (inf)
Efik Mɔkɔm
Elfdalian Hej
Høj
Góðdag
English (British) Hello
Hi (inf)
Eritrean ታዲያስ (tadiyalä)
Estonian Tere
Tervist
Extremaduran Ola!
Buenas!
Heu! (inf)
Híu! (inf)
Yeu! (inf)
Hai! (inf)
Faroese Hallo
Hey
Fijian Bula (inf)
Drau bula (dl)
Dou bula (pl)
Nibula (mp)
Finnish Terve
Hyvää päivää
Päivää
Moi
Hei
French Bonjour (frm)
Salut (inf)
Frisian (North) Moin
Guundach
Frisian (Sater) Gouden Dai
Frisian (West) Hoi
Goeie
A goeie
Goedei
Friulian Mandi
Galician Ola
Georgian გამარჯობა (gamarjoba)
German Hallo
Guten Tag
Servus (used in Austria & Bavaria)
Moin
Greek (Ancient) Χαῖρε! (Khaíre!) - sg
Χαίρετε! (Khaírete!) - pl
Greek (Modern) Γειά! (Ya) - inf
Γειά σου (Ya su) - inf
Γειά σας (Ya sas) - frm
Greenlandic Aluu (inf)
Inuugujoq
Kutaa (frm)
Gujarati નમસ્તે (namaste)
Haitian Creole Bonjou
Hausa Sannu
Salama alaikum
A gaishai ka
Amin. Alaikum salam (reply)
Hawaiian Aloha
Hebrew (Shalom) שלום
Herero Tjike
Himba Mono
Hindi नमस्ते (namaste)
नमस्कार (namaskār)
Hmong (White) Nyob zoo (live well)
Hungarian Jó napot kívánok
Szervusz
Szia
Icelandic Halló
Góðan dag
Góðan daginn
Sæll (>m)
Sæl (>f)
Ido Saluto
Bona jorno
Igbo Kedụ
Iloko Kablaaw
Inari Saami Tiervâ
Pyeri peivi (good day)
Indonesian Hi
Apa kabar?
Salam sejahtera (frm)
Inuktitut ᐊᐃ (Ai)
ᐊᐃᓐᖓᐃ (Ainngai)
Iñupiaq Halauġikpiñ
Irish (Gaelic) Dia dhuit (sg)
Dia dhaoibh (pl)
Dia is Muire dhuit (sg) - reply
Dia is Muire dhaoibh (pl) - reply
Italian Ciao
Salve
Jutish Godaw
Japanese 今日は (konnichiwa)
おっす (ossu) - used between close male friends
Javanese ꦲꦭꦺꦴ (Halo)
Jenesch Puiznu
Jèrriais Salut
Bouônjour
Kalmyk Мендвт (Mendvt)
Менд (Mend) inf
Kashubian Witôjze
Kannada ನಮಸ್ತೆ (namaste)
ನಮಸ್ಕಾರ (namaskāra)
Kashmiri Assalām ‘alaikum (>Muslims)
Namaskār (>Hindus)
Halo (inf) आदाब । (aadaab)
Kazakh Сәлем! (Sälem!) - inf
Сәлеметсіз бе? (Sälemetsiz be?) - frm
Khmer ជំរាបសួរ (chôm rab suôr) - frm
សួស្ដី (suô-stei) - inf
Khoekhoe (Nama) Halau
Kinyarwanda Muraho
Bite (inf)
Kiribati Ko na mauri
Mauri
Korean 안녕하십니까 (annyeong-hasimnikka) - frm
안녕하세요 (annyeonghaseyo) - inf
안녕 (annyeong) - inf
!Kung San !kao
Kurdish (Kurmanji) Merheba
Silav
Silamun eleykum
Rojbaş (inf)
Kurdish (Sorani) Sillaw
Ew kata bash
Em kata bash
Kyrgyz Салам! (Salam!) - sg/inf
Саламатсыңбы! (Salamatsyngby!) - sg/inf
Саламатсыңарбы! (Salamatsyngarby!) - sg/inf
Саламатсызбы! (Salamatsyzby!) - sg/frm
Саламатсыздарбы! (Salamatsyzdarby!) - pl/frm
Саламатчылык! (Salamatchylyk) - reply/frm
Ассалом алейкум! (Assalom aleykum!) - m/>m
Алейкум Ассалам! (Aleykum Assalam!) - reply
Саламат! (Salamat!) - short reply
Саламатчылык! (Salamatchylyk) - full reply
Арыбаңыз! (Arybangyz!) - sg/frm
Бар болуңуз! (Bar bolunguz!) - reply
Lakota Sioux Hau (m)
Lao ສະບາຍດີ (sába̖ai-di̖i)
Latin Heus (inf)
Ave
Salve (sg)
Salvete (pl)
Latvian Sveiki
Limburgish Hallo
Lithuanian Labas
Sveikas
Sveiki
Low Saxon Moin
Lozi Lumela (sg)
Mlumeleng (pl)
Lule Sámi Buoris
Luxembourgish Moien
Salut
Macedonian Здраво (Zdravo)
Maithili Pranam (frm)
Halchal ki chho? (inf)
Malagasy Manao ahoana (inf)
Manao ahoana e (frm)
Malay Selamat pagi (good morning)
Selamat petang (good afternoon)
Selamat malam (good night)
Assalamualaikum (used by Muslims)
Malayalam നമസ്തെ (namaste)
നമസ്കാരം (namaskaram)
Mam Jeeka, ma tzuula (sg)
Jeeka, ma chi uula (pl)
Ma (reply)
Manx (Gaelic) Moghrey mie (morning)
Fastyr mie (afternoon / evening)
Maldivian Assalaamu Alaikum (frm)
Kihineh? (inf)
Maltese Ħello
Hawn
Aw
Māori Kia ora
Kia ora rā kōrua (dl)
Kia ora koutou (pl)
Tēnā koe (sg/frm)
Tēnā kōrua (dl/frm)
Tēnā koutou (pl/frm)
Marathi नमस्कार (namaskār)
Mauritian Creole Bonzur
Míkmaq Gwe’
Monégasque Ciau
Bon girunu
Bungiurnu
Mongolian Сайн уу? (Sain uu?)
Сайн байна уу? (Sain baina uu)
Nahuatl Niltze
Tialli
Pialli
Navajo Yá'át'ééh
Newari / Nepal Bhasa ज्वजलपा
Ndebele (Northern) Salibonani
Nepali नमस्ते (namaste)
Nogai Салам!
Амансызба!
Аман-эсен-сизбе!
Аьруьвсизбе!
Яхшымысыз?
Салам алейкум! (Ас-саляму алейкум!) ("Peace to you!")
Алейкум салам! (Ва алейкум ас-салам!) - reply
Northern Sámi Bures
Bures bures (reply)
Northern Sotho Dumêlang
Thôbêla
Helele
Hai
Norwegian Goddag
Hei
Morn
Occitan Bonjorn!
Adieu!
Adieussiatz!
Ojibwe Aniin (inf)
Bozhoo (frm)
Okinawan 今日拝なびら (chuu wuganabira)
はいさい (haisai) m
はいたい (haitai) f
へーさい (heesai) m (Shuri)
へーたい (heetai) f (Shuri)
今日や早く起きそーいびーんやー
(chuuya feeku ukisooibiinyaa)
- frm (lit. You're early today)
Old English Ēalā
Oriya ନମସ୍କାର (namascara)
ଶୁଣିବେ? (sunibe?)
ହାଏ (hāē)
Papiamento Bon dia
Halo
Pashto (khe chare) ښې چارې
(salaam) سلام
(as-salaamu' alaykum) السلام عايكم
Persian (Farsi) (dorood) درود
(salâm) سلام
Picard Bojour
Bojour mes gins (frm)
Salut ti z'aute (inf)
Pitjantjatjara Wai
Wai palya
Polish Cześć (inf)
Siema (vinf)
Siemano (vinf)
Portuguese Olá
Portuguese (Brazilian) Oi!
E aí?
Tudo bem?
Tudo certo?
Opa!
Punjabi ਸਤਿ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਅਕਾਲ। / ست سِری اَکال (sat srī akāl)
ਨਮਸਕਾਰ / نمسکار (namaskar)
Quechua Rimaykullayki
Napaykullayki
Réunion Creole Bonzour
Romani Sastipe!
Lachho dives (Good day)
Lachi tiri divés (Good day to you)
Kushti divvus (British Romany)
Romanian Salut
Bună ziua
Romansh Ciao
Tgau
Allegra
Russian Здравствуйте! (Zdravstvujte!) - frm
Привет! (Privet!) - inf
Приветик (Privetik!) - inf
Rusyn Слава Исусу Христу (Slava Ysusu Chrystu)
Слава на вікы (Slava na viky) - reply
Sakha бирибиэт (biribiet) - frm
Дорообо (doroobo) - inf
Samoan Malō (inf)
Malō soifua (frm)
Tālofa
Sanskrit नमस्ते (namaste)
नमो नमः (namo namaḥ)
नमस्कारः (namaskāraḥ)
Sardinian
(Logudorese)
Bone die
Scots Hello
Scottish Gaelic Halò
Ciamar a tha thu? (inf)
Ciamar a tha sibh? (frm/pl)
Serbian Здраво (Zdravo)
Sesotho Lumela
Dumela (sg)
Dumelang (pl)
Helele
Shona Mhoro (sg)
Mhoroi (pl)
Sicilian Ciau
Salutamu
Assa binidica
Sabbinidica [assabbini'ɾika] (formal for elderly people)
Sinhala ආයුඛෝවන් (āyubūvan)
Slovak Ahoj (sg/inf)
Ahojte (pl/frm)
Nazdar
Servus
Slovenian Pozdravljeni
Živjo
Zdravo (in cities)
Somali Is ka warran
Sorbian (Lower) Dobry źeń (frm)
Ja śi strowim (inf)
Buź strowjona (inf)
Sorbian (Upper) Dobry dźeń
Ja će strowju (inf)
Budź strowjeny (inf)
Southern Sámi Buaregh
Bööresth
Buerie biejjie (Good day)
Spanish ¡Hola!
Stellingwarfs Hoj
Sundanese Sampurasun
Rampés (reply)
Swahili Habari (inf)
Hujambo (sg)
Hamjambo (pl)
Sijambo (reply)
Swazi Sawubona (sg - Do you see me?)
Sanibonani (pl - Do you see me all?)
Yebo (reply = yes)
Swedish God dag (frm)
Hej (inf)
Hallå (inf)
Tjena
Tja (vinf)
Swiss German Grüezi (frm)
Sali (inf)
Grüezi mittenand (pl/frm)
Sali zämme (pl/inf)
Tagalog Musta? (inf)
Kumusta? (frm)
Hello
Hi
Tahitian Ia ora na
Tamil (formal) வணக்கம்! (vaṇakkam) [ml] [fm]
Tamil (informal) வணக்க0! (vaṇakkã) [fm]
Tatar Isänme(sez)
Sawmı(sız)
Sälam (inf)
Telugu నమస్కారం (namaskārām)
Tetum Elo
Hi
Teribe Miga (said by a visitor)
Kobe (said to a visitor)
Thai สวัสดี (sà-wàt-dee)
Tibetan བཀྲ་ཤིས་བདེ་ལེགས། (tashi delek)*
Tigrinya ሰላም (selam)
Tok Pisin Gude
Hi
Hai
Tongan Mālō e lelei (inf)
Mālō ‘etau lava (frm)
Tsonga Xewani
Avuxeni (sg)
Ahee (reply)
Tsotsil K'uxi
Alo
Alotalel
Jech
Lek
Tswana Dumela
Tsez АсаламугIалейкум! (Asalamuʔaleykum!)
СаламгIапейкум! (Salamʔaleykum!)
СаламгIапейкум! (Biziyä!) (>f)
Изийаь! (Iziyä!) (>m)
Ризийаь! (Riziyä!) (>pl)
Tumbuka Monile
Monire a mama (>f)
Monire a dada (>m)
Monire a gogo (>eld)
Monire mose (>pl)
Turkish Merhaba
Selam
İyi günler
Ukrainian Вітаю (Vitayu) - frm
Агов (Ahov) - inf
Ulch Сородэ
Urdu (āssālam 'alaykum) السلام علیکم
reply - (wālaikum assalām) وعليكم السلام
inf - (salām) سلام
Uyghur ئەسسالامۇ ئەلەيكۇم!
frm - (Ässalamu äläykum!)
ۋەئەلەيكۇم ئەسسالام!
reply - (Wä'äläykum ässalam!)
ياخشىمۇسىز!
inf - (Yaxshimusız!)
Uzbek Salom
Venda I nhlikanhi
Ndaa (m)
Aa (f)
Venetian Ciao!
Vietnamese Chào anh (>m)
Chào chị (>f)
Võro Tereq
Walloon Bondjoû (Good day)
Eh, Bondjou !
Diè wåde (God keep you)
A (Hi)
Salut !
Warlpiri Ngurrju mayinpa
Welsh Helô
Hylô
Shwmae
S'mae
Wolof Na nga def (sg)
Na ngeen def (pl)
Salaam aleekum
Xhosa Molo (sg)
Molweni (pl)
Yapese Mogethin
Yiddish (A gutn tog) אַ גוטן טאָג
Yoruba Ẹ n lẹ
Yucatec Maya Ba'ax ka wa'alik?
Zazaki Selam
Ma be xér
Demê şıma be xeyr
Zulu Sawubona (sg)
Sanibonani (pl)
Auxiliary and constructed languages
Esperanto Saluton
Interlingua Bon die! Salute! (on meeting)
Holla! (to call attention)
Vide! (to express surprise)
Klingon nuqneH
('What do you want?') - general 'greeting' used when confronted by another)
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Hello on the phone

How to say hello on the telephone in many languages.

Language Hello (on phone)
Adyghe Алло
Albanian (Gheg) Alo
Albanian (Tosk) Alo
Arabic
(Modern Standard)
('āllō) آلو
Arabic
(Moroccan)
(alu) الو
Armenian
(Eastern)
ալլո (Alló)
Assamese হেল্ল' (hello)
Bengali হ্যালো (hyālō)
Bosnian Halo
Molim
Bulgarian Ало (Alo)
Дочуване (Dočuvane)
Hello (General greeting) ဟဲလို? (hello)
Catalan Hola?
Si?
Digui?
Chinese
(Cantonese)
(wái)
Chinese
(Hakka)
噯 (oi)
Chinese
(Mandarin)
(wéi)
Chinese
(Taiwanese)
喂 (ôe)
Czech Haló
Danish Hallo
English (British) Hello
Extremaduran Sí?
Diga?
Finnish Haloo?
French Allô ?
Georgian ალო (alo)
გისმენთ (gisment)
German Hallo
Greek (Modern) Έλα (Éla) - inf
Λέγετε (Léyete) - frm
Εμπρός (Embrós) - inf
Greenlandic Haluu
Hebrew (Halo) הלו
Hindi हेलो (helo)
Hungarian Halló
Indonesian Halo
Italian Pronto?
Japanese もしもし (moshi moshi)
Kalmyk Алло (Allo)
Korean 여보세요 (yeoboseyo)
Kurdish (Sorani) Elu
Lithuanian Alio
Okinawan もしもし (moshi moshi)
Macedonian Ало (Alo)
Mongolian Байна уу (Baina uu)
Nogai Алло?
Norwegian Hallo
Polish Halo
Słucham
Portuguese Está lá?
Estou sim?
Estou?
Hâlo
Portuguese (Brazilian) Alô?
Romanian Alo
Russian Алло? (Allo?)
Serbian Молим (Molim)
Sinhala හලෝ (halō)
Slovenian Halo
Spanish ¡Diga!
¡Dígame!
¿Sí?
¿Bueno?
¡Hola!
¿Aló?
Tagalog Musta? (inf)
Kumusta? (frm)
Hello
Hi
Thai ฮัลโหล (hanlǒh)
Tsotsil K'uxi
Alo
Alotalel
Jech
Lek
Turkish Alo, Efendim
Tuvaluan Tālofa!
Ukrainian Алло (Allo)
Слухаю (Sluchaju)
Urdu (helo) ەيلو
Uyghur ئەسسالامۇ ئەلەيكۇم!
frm - (Ässalamu äläykum!)
ۋېي!
from Chinese 喂 - inf - (Wey!)
Uzbek Ishlaringiz yaxshimi?
Ahvolingiz qalay?
Vietnamese Á-lô!
Auxiliary and constructed languages
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