International Greetings

Saying Hello in Different Languages!!

When you meet new people, the way you greet them can set the stage for the rest of the encounter.  This conversation starter is a great way to initiate a friendly talk, discussion, long speech or even a brief question. It is the polite way to make your presence known in-person, on the phone or on digital communication channels.

Stretching the greeting with a smile is an internationally expected way of starting a respectful conversation at work while traveling when you approach someone or are approached by someone. You can make your presence known and start positive encounters with foreigners by doing one simple thing: learning how to say “Hello” in their native language.

‘’Hello’’ is not just the only way for greeting, some cultures greeting each other by wishing good health, good day or even peace. You will also find that some

Even that ‘’Hello’’ is not the proper word for each situation, for example, you will find greeting in a formal business way, unlike the informal one. 

Warm Greetings with Kind Wishes

Peace

Arabic and its similar languages usually greeting ”peace”, language and religion effects each other.

Therefore, Arabic speakers mostly greet each other the greeting of Islam, which is ”السلام عليكم”.

  • Arabic: ”السلام عليكم” pronounced ”al salaam aliykhum
  • Hebrew: ”שלום” pronounced ”shalom”
  • Hausa: pronounced “Sannu/ Salam Aleikom”
  • Azeri ”Azerbaijani”: pronounced ”Salam”
  • Chechen: ”Ассаламу Iалайкум” or ”Салам” pronounced ”assalamu aliykhum or salam”
  • Hawaiian: Aloha, this is the word means “peace”, “affection”, “compassion”, or “mercy”.
  • Persian ”Farsi”: pronouncing as ”Salaam” means (peace)

Good Day

Greeting method of wishing a good day to each other incarnate into European languages.

  • French: Bonjour (good day)
  • Romanian: Bună ziua (good day)
  • German: Guten tag (good day)
  • Swedish: God dag (good day)
  • Dutch: Goede dag (good day)

Happiness

Some languages are wishing fortunes like being happy.

  • Thai:‘sàwàtdee” from the Sanskrit word (swasti) meaning “good” or “blissful”.
  • Icelandic: Komdu sæll (“Come happy”)

Good Health

Greetings that include a wish for good health were used traditionally and originate from a time in history when good health was rare because of mediocre medical treatment. The traditional greeting lived on to become one of the most common forms of initiating a conversation  especially among countries in the East. 

  • Mandarin:nǐ hǎo” (you well)
  • Maori:Kia ora” (Be healthy)
  • Russian:zdrastvuytye” (I wish you health)
  • Fijian: Bula (Life or Alive)

Blessings

Religious expressions are incorporated into everyday speech, so wishing someone a blessing is a norm in several languages

  • Hindi: namaste” (I bow to you)
  • Irish:Dia dhuit’‘ (God be with you)

Greeting by Asking for News

  • British English: Alright?
  • Ojibwe:Aaniin” (this is the word for “what” or “how”)
  • Kiswahili:Habari yako’‘ (Your news)

… Or Simply,  “Hello”

  • Spanish:HOLA” (Hello)
  • Italian:CIAO” (Hello)
  • Portuguese:OLÀ” (Hello)

Now that you know how to greet someone in several languages, let’s continue and learn more about the cultures and languages of the diverse people you meet. Don’t stop at “Hello” take a few easy steps to build your vocabulary and master basic grammar rules. You can increase your confidence when talking to native speakers.

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