Hello in Other Languages

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We often say HELLO when we answer or make a phone call but how do we say it in other languages? Out of curiosity, we posted a list of translation of Hello in other languages below. This list is taken from another source so if you have any corrections, please do contact us.

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 Hello
(on phone)
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
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 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?” (common greeting)
Chinese
(Taiwanese)
你好 (lí-hó) – sg / 恁好 (lín-hó) – pl 喂 (ôe)
Chinese
(Teochew)
汝好 (leu2 ho2)
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
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)
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) – inf
Саламатсызбы (Salamatsyzby) – frm
Саламатсыздарбы (Salamatsyzdarby) – pl
Саламатчылык (Salamatçylyk) – reply
Lakota Sioux Hau (used only by men)
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 Hello; Hi 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)
This phrase, which means “Good fortune”, is used as a greeting, though isn’t really an equivalent of hello. Questions like “How are you?” or “Where are you going?” are used instead.
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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