Hello!?

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How to say hello on the telephone in a variety of different languages. See the other hello page to learn how to say hello when not on the phone.

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

Click on any of the phrases that are links to hear them spoken. If you can provide recordings, corrections or additional translations, please contact me.

To see more phrases in each language click on the language names. If you'd like to see these phrases in any combination of two languages, try the Phrase Finder.

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 (Hyalo)
Bikol Hello
Bosnian Halo
Molim
Bulgarian Ало (Alo)
Burmese ဟဲလို? (hello)
Catalan Hola?
Si?
Digui?
Chinese
(Cantonese)
(wái)
Chinese
(Hakka)
噯 (oi)
Chinese
(Mandarin)
(wéi)
Chinese
(Taiwanese)
喂 (ôe)
Czech Haló
Danish Hallo
Elfdalian Häj!
Allo!
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
Παρακαλώ; (Parakaló?) - 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)
Kiribati Hello
Korean 여보세요 (yeoboseyo)
Kumyk Алло! (Allo!)
Kurdish (Sorani) Elu
Lithuanian Alio
Okinawan もしもし (moshi moshi)
Macedonian Ало (Alo)
Magahi हलो /həlo:/
हेलो /heːloː/
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?)
Rusyn Вітай (Vitaj)
Агой (Ahoj)
Serbian Молим (Molim)
Sinhala හලෝ (halō)
Slovenian Halo
Sorbian (Upper) Hallo
Csesc
Spanish ¡Diga!
¡Dígame!
¿Sí?
¿Bueno?
¡Hola!
¿Aló?
Tabassaran Алло (Allo)
Tagalog Musta? (inf)
Kumusta? (frm)
Hello
Hi
Thai ฮัลโหล (hanlǒh)
Tokelauan Tālofa
Tsotsil K'uxi
Alo
Alotalel
Jech
Lek
Turkish Alo, Efendim
Tuvaluan Tālofa!
Udmurt Чырткем (Čyrtkem)
Ӟечбур (Dźečbur) - sg
Ӟечбуресь (Dźečbures’) - pl
Умой (Ymoj) - sg
Умоесь (Ymoes’) - pl
Ukrainian Алло (Allo)
Слухаю (Sluchaju)
Urdu (helo) ەيلو
Uyghur ئەسسالامۇ ئەلەيكۇم!
frm - (Ässalamu äläykum!)
ۋېي!
from Chinese 喂 - inf - (Wey!)
Uzbek Labbay!
Vietnamese Á-lô!
Westrobothnian (Piteå) Häi
Auxiliary and constructed languages
Esperanto Halo
Ido Saluto
Bona jorno
Interlingua Hallo!

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Links & sources

Hello in many languages
http://www.elite.net/~runner/jennifers/hello.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hello
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Hello

World Telephone Cultures
http://www.netjeff.com/humor/item.cgi?file=HelloOnTelephoneWorldwide

Other phrases

Welcome | Hello | How are you? | Long time no see | What's your name? | Where are you from? | Pleased to meet you | Good morning | Good afternoon | Good evening | Good night | Goodbye | Good luck | Cheers! | Have a nice day | Have a nice weekend | Bon appetit | Bon voyage | Yes, No | Maybe | I don't know | Do you understand? | I understand | I don't understand | Please speak more slowly | Please say that again | Please write it down | Do you speak English? | Do you speak ...? | How do you say ... in ...? | Speak to me in ... | Excuse me | How much is this? | Sorry | Please | Thank you | Where's the toilet? | This gentleman/lady will pay for everything | Would you like to dance? | Do you come here often? | I miss you | I love you | Get well soon | Go away! | Leave me alone! | Help! | Fire! | Stop! | Call the police! | Merry Christmas | Happy New Year | Happy Easter | Happy Birthday | Congratulations | One language is never enough | My hovercraft is full of eels


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