Saying Hello

How to Say Hello in Different Languages

If you want to say “hello” to everyone on the planet, you would have to learn at least 2,796 languages and greet at least 6,500,000,000 people. Here are some of the ways of saying “hello” all around the world, it will be so cool you can also teach your friends!

  • American Sign Language (ASL) — To say “hello,” squeeze the fingers in your right hand together, touch the tips of your fingers to your forehead, palm facing outward, and move your hand away from your forehead in a sort of saluting motion.
  • Catalan — hola (pronounced o-la), bon dia (pronounced bon dee-ah) good morning, bona tarda (bona tahr-dah) good afternoon, bona nit (bona neet)good night. You can also say just bones (bo-nahs) to make it informal.
  • English – American — hello (formal), hi (informal), hey (informal,) yo (informal)
  • French — salut (informal; silent ‘t’), allo,bonjour (formal, for daytime use; ‘n’ as a nasal vowel, pronounced “bon-shore”), bonsoir (good evening; ‘n’ is a nasal vowel), bonne nuit (good night)
  • German – Traditional — hallo (informal), Guten Tag (formal; pronounced gootan taag), Tag (very informal; pronounced tahg).
  • Hawaiian — aloha (pronounced ah-low-ha)
  • Hebrew — shalom (means “hello”, “goodbye” and “peace”), hi (informal), ma kore? (very informal, literally means “whats happening” or “whats up”)
  • Italian — ciào (pronounced chow; informal; also means “goodbye”), buon giorno (pronounced bwohn geeornoh; good morning; formal), buon pomeriggio (pronounced bwohn pohmehreejeeoh; good afternoon; formal), buona sera (pronounced bbwoonah sehrah; good evening; formal)
  • Klingon — nuqneH? [nook-neck] (literally: “what do you want?”)
  • Korean — 안녕하세요 ahn nyeong ha se yo (formal), 안녕 ahn nyeong (informal; can also be used to mean “goodbye”)(when calling/answering the phone”; 여보세요 yeo-bo-sae-yo (prounounced “yuh-boh-say-yoe”)
  • Latin (Classical) — salve (pronounced sal-way; when talking to one person), salvete (pronounced sal-way-tay; when talking to more than one person), ave (pronounced ar-way; when talking to one person; when talking to someone respected), avete (pronounced ar-way-tay; when talking to more than one respected person)
  • Pig Latin — eyhay (informal), ellohay (formal), atswhay upay? (“what’s up?”)
  • Spanish — hola (pronounced with a silent ‘h’: o-la), alo, qué onda (South America; very informal, like “what’s up”; pronounced keh ondah), qué hay, (South America; very informal), qué pasa (Spain, informal), buenos días (“good morning”), buenas tardes (afternoon and early evening), buenas noches (late evening and night). These three forms can be made informal by saying “buenas”. Also Qué Transa (Mexico; very informal, like “what’s up”, pronounced keh trahansa). Qué tál (meaning “what’s up”, pronounced kay tal)

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