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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

Language Hello / general greeting Hello (on phone)
Abkhaz Бзиа збаша (Bzia zbaşa)
Бзиара убааит (Bziara ubaait) - m
Бзиара ббааит (Bziara bbaait) - f
Бзиара жәбааит (Bziara žəbaait) - pl
 
Adyghe Фэсапщы
Сэлам (inf)
Алло
Afrikaans Haai (inf)
Hallo
Goeie dag (frm)
 
Albanian Ç'kemi
Tungjatjeta
Alo
Aleut Aang  
Alsatian Hallo
Güete Tag
Buschur
Güata Tàg
Göte Tàij
Grias di wohl
Salü
 
Amharic ሰላም (sälam)
ታዲያስ (tadiyass) - inf
ጤና ይስጥልኝ (tena yste'lle'gn) - frm
 
Arabic
(Modern Standard)
(as-salām 'alaykum) السلام عليكم
rsp - (wa 'alaykum as-salām) و عليكم السلام
inf - (marḥaban) مرحبا
('āllō) آلو
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
(alu) الو
Aragonese Ola  
Arapaho Héébee (m) Tous (f/m>f)  
Armenian
(Eastern)
բարև(Barev) inf
ԲարևՁեզ (Barev dzez) frm
ալլո (Alló)
Armenian
(Western)
Բարեւ: (Parev) inf
Բարեւ ձեզ: (Parev tsez) frm
 
Arrernte Werte  
Assamese নমস্কাৰ (nomoskaar)  
Asturian Hola / Bonos díes  
Atikamekw Kwei
Matcaci
Azeri Salam
Salam əleyküm
Əleyküm salam (reply)
 
Basque Kaixo  
Belarusian Вітаю (Vitayu)
Дзень добры (Dzien' dobry)
Дабрыдзень (Dabrydzien)
Прывітанне (Pryvitanne) - inf
 
Bengali নমস্কার (nômoshkar) - for Hindus
আসসালামু আলাইকুম (assalamualaikum)
স্লামালিকুম (slamalikum) - for Muslims
haelo
Bhojpuri प्रणाम (prannam)  
Bosnian Dobar dan (frm)
Zdravo
Halo / Molim
Breton Salud
Mat an traoù?
Mat an traoù ganeoc'h?
 
Bulgarian Здравейте (Zdravejte) frm
Здравей (Zdravej) inf
Здрасти (Zdrasti) inf
Привет (Privet) - regards, greetings
Ало (Alo)
Дочуване (Dočuvane)
Hello
(General greeting)
မဂႆလာပၝ (min-ga-la-ba) ဟဲလို? (hello)
Catalan Hola, Bon dia Hola? Si? Digui?
Chabacano de Zamboanga Que tal? Hola!  
Chabacano de Cavite Ola  
Chamorro Håfa ådai / Buenas  
Chechen Салам  
Cherokee ᎣᏏᏲ (Osiyo)
'ᏏᏲ (Siyo)
 
Chichewa Moni  
Chinese
(Cantonese)
你好 (néih hóu) (wái)
Chinese
(Hakka)
你好 (ngi2 ho3)
你好冇? (ngi2 ho3 mo?)
噯 (oi)
Chinese
(Mandarin)
你好 (nǐ hǎo) - inf
您好 (nín hǎo) - frm
(wéi)
Chinese
(Shanghainese)
侬好 (nong23 hao34)
大家好!(dâka-hô!) - hello everybody
饭吃过伐? (ve23 qik3 gu5 va1?)
- "have you eaten?"
 
Chinese
(Taiwanese)
你好 (lí-hó) - sg
恁好 (lín-hó) - pl
喂 (ôe)
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 / Dobrý den Haló
Danish Hej Hallo
Dutch Hallo / Goededag / Goeiedag (inf)  
Elfdalian Hej, Høj, Góðdag  
English (British) Hello
Hi (inf)
Hey (inf)
Hello
Eritrean ታዲያስ (tadiyalä)  
Esperanto Saluton Halo
Estonian Tere
Tervist
 
Faroese Hallo / Hey  
Fijian Bula (inf)
Drau bula (dl)
Dou bula (pl)
Nibula (mp)
 
Finnish Terve
Hyvää päivää
Päivää
Moi
Hei
Haloo?
French Bonjour (frm)
Salut (inf)
Allô?
Frisian (North) Moin / Guundach  
Frisian (Sater) Gouden Dai  
Frisian (West) Hoi
Goeie
A goeie
Goedei
 
Friulian Bundì, Mandi  
Galician Ola  
Georgian გამარჯობა (gamarjoba) ალო (alo)
გისმენთ (gismenth)
German Hallo
Guten Tag
Servus (used in Austria & Bavaria)
Moin
Hallo
German (Bavarian) Servas / Gria̦sgood  
Greek (Modern) Γειά! (ya) – inf
Γειά σου (ya su) – inf
Γειά σας (ya sas) – frm
Έλα (éla) – (ela) inf
Λέγετε (léyete) – frm
Εμπρός (embrós) – inf
Greenlandic Aluu (inf) Inuugujoq / Kutaa (frm) Haluu
Gujarati નમસ્તે (namaste)  
Haitian Creole Bonjou  
Hausa Sannu
Salama alaikum
A gaishai ka
Amin. Alaikum salam (reply)
 
Hawaiian Aloha  
Hebrew (šalom) שלום (halo) הלו
Herero Tjike  
Himba Mono  
Hindi नमस्ते (namaste) नमस्कार (namaskār) हेलो (helo)
Hungarian Jó napot kívánok / Szervusz / Szia Halló
Icelandic Halló / Góðan dag / Góðan daginn
Sæll (>m) Sæl (>f)
 
Ido Saluto  
Igbo kedụ
Indonesian Hi
Apa kabar?
Halo
Interlingua Bon die! Salute! (on meeting)
Holla! (to call attention)
Vide! (to express surprise)
Hallo!
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 Pronto?
Jutish Godaw  
Japanese 今日は (konnichiwa)
おっす (ossu) - used between close male friends
もしもし (moshi moshi)
Jèrriais Salut / Bouônjour  
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 (johm riab sua) - frm
surs dey (inf)
 
Khoekhoe (Nama) Halau  
Kinyarwanda Muraho / Bite (inf)  
Klingon nuqneH ('What do you want?')
- general 'greeting'
used when confronted by another
 
Korean 안녕하십니까 (annyeong-hasimnikka) - frm
안녕하세요 (annyeonghaseyo) - inf
안녕 (annyeong) - inf
여보세요 (yeoboseyo)
!Kung San !kao  
Kurdish (Kurmanji) Merheba
Silav
Silamun eleykum
Rojbaş (inf)
 
Kurdish (Sorani) Sillaw, Ew kata bash, Em kata bash Elu
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)  
Latin Heus (inf) Ave / Salve (sg) Salvete (pl)  
Latvian Sveiki  
Limburgish Hallo  
Lithuanian Labas, Sveikas, Sveiki Alio
Low Saxon Moin  
Lozi Lumela (sg) Mlumeleng (pl)  
Lule Sámi Buoris  
Luxembourgish Moien / Salut  
Macedonian Здраво (Zdravo) Ало (Alo)
- on phone
Malagasy Manao ahoana e  
Malay Selamat pagi (good morning)
Selamat petang (good afternoon)
Selamat malam (good night)
Assalamualaikum (used by Muslims)
 
Malayalam നമസ്തെ (namaste)
നമസ്കാരം (namaskaram)
 
Manx (Gaelic) Dy bannee diu, Ta shiu/oo cheet!  
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)  
Mongolian Сайн уу? (Sain uu?)
Сайн байна уу? (Sain baina uu)
Байна уу (Baina uu)
Nama !gai //oas  
Nahuatl Niltze / Tialli / Pialli  
Navajo Yá'át'ééh  
Newari / Nepal Bhasa ज्वजलपा  
Ndebele (Northern) Salibonani  
Nepali नमस्ते (namaste)  
Northern Sámi Bures
Bures bures (reply)
 
Norwegian Goddag / Hei / Morn Hallo
Occitan Bonjorn! Adieu! Adieussiatz!  
Ojibwe Aniin (inf) / Bozhoo (frm)  
Old English Wes hāl (sg) Wesaþ hāl (pl)  
Oriya ନମସ୍କର (namascara)
ନମସ୍ତେ (namaste)
ଶୁଣିବେ (sunibe)
 
Papiamento Bon dia / Halo  
Pashto (khe chare) ښې چارې
(salaam) سلام
(as-salaamu' alaykum) السلام عايكم
 
Persian (Farsi) (dorood) درود (salâm) سلام  
Pitjantjatjara Wai, Wai palya  
Polish Cześć (inf)
Siema (vinf)
Siemano (vinf)
Halo
Słucham
Portuguese Olá Está lá?
Estou sim?
Estou?
Hâlo
Portuguese (Brazilian) Oi! E aí? Tudo bem? Tudo certo? Opa! Alô?
Punjabi ਸਤਿ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਅਕਾਲ। / ست سِری اَکال (sat srī akāl)
ਨਮਸਕਾਰ / نمسکار (namaskar)
 
Quechua Rimaykullayki / Napaykullayki  
Romanian Salut / Bună ziua Alo
Romansh Ciao / Tgau / Allegra  
Russian Здравствуйте! (Zdrávstvujte!) - frm
Привет! (Privét!) - inf
Алло? (Alló?)
Sakha бирибиэт (biribiet) - frm
Дорообо (doroobo) - inf
 
Samoan Talofa / Falopa  
Sardinian
(Logudorese)
Bone die  
Scottish Gaelic Halò / Ciamar a tha thu/sibh?  
Serbian Здраво (Zdravo) Молим (Molim)
Sesotho Lumela; Dumela (sg) Dumelang (pl) Helele  
Shona Mhoro (sg)
Mhoroi (pl)
 
Sicilian Ciau / Assabbinirica / Sabbinirica / Salutamu  
Sinhala ආයුඛෝවන් (āyubūvan) හලෝ (halō)
Sesotho Lumela / Dumela (sg)
Dumelang (pl)
 
Slovak Ahoj (sg/inf) Ahojte (pl/frm) Nazdar / Servus  
Slovenian Pozdravljeni, Živjo, Zdravo Halo
Somali Is ka warran  
Southern Sámi Buaregh  
Spanish ¡Hola! ¡Diga!
¡Dígame!
¿Sí?
¿Bueno?
¡Hola!
¿Aló?
Stellingwarfs Hoj  
Sundanese Halo (borrowed from Indonesian)  
Swahili Habari (inf)
Hujambo (sg)
Hamjambo (pl)
Sijambo (reply)
 
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
Musta? (inf)
Kumusta? (frm)
Hello
Hi
Tahitian Ia ora na  
Tamil வணக்கம் (vaṇakkam) - inf
வணக்க0 (vaṇakkã) - frm
 
Tatar Isänme(sez) / Sawmı(sız) / Sälam (inf)  
Telugu నమస్కారం (namaskārām)  
Tetum Ola, Oi  
Teribe Miga (said by a visitor)
Kobe (said to a visitor)
 
Thai สวัสดี (sà-wàt-dee) ฮัลโหล (hanlǒh)
Tibetan བཀྲ་ཤིས་བདེ་ལེགས། (tashi delek)*  
Tigrinya ሰላም (selam)  
Tok Pisin Gude
Hi
Hai
 
Tongan Mālō e lelei (inf)
Mālō ‘etau lava (frm)
 
Tswana Dumela  
Tsez АсаламугIалейкум! (Asalamuʔaleykum!)
СаламгIапейкум! (Salamʔaleykum!)
СаламгIапейкум! (Biziyä!) (>f)
Изийаь! (Iziyä!) (>m)
Ризийаь! (Riziyä!) (>pl)
 
Turkish Merhaba, Selam, İyi günler Alo, Efendim
Ukrainian Вітаю (Vitayu) - frm
Агов (Ahov) - inf
Алло (Allo) Слухаю (Sluchaju)
Ulch Сородэ  
Urdu (āssālam 'alaykum) السلام علیکم
reply - (wālaikum assalām) وعليكم السلام
inf - (salām) سلام
(helo) ەيلو
Uzbek Assalomu Alaykum!
Vaalajkum assalom! (reply)
Labbay!
Venda I nhlikanhi  
Venetian Ciao!  
Vietnamese Chào anh (>m)
Chào chị (>f)
Á-lô!
Volapük Glidis  
Võro Tereq  
Walloon Bondjoû  
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  
Yorùbá Ẹ n lẹ  
Yucatec Maya Ba'ax ka wa'alik?  
Zazaki Selam / Ma be xér / Demê şıma be xeyr  
Zulu Sawubona (sg)
Sanibonani (pl)
 

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