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How to Say Hello in 30 Different Languages

Shannon Kennedy

Want to impress your friends by knowing how to say hello in different languages? You’re in the right place!

Here, you’ll learn ways to say hello in 30 different languages. Learning to say “hi” is one of the first things you’ll want to know when learning a new language, so we’re here to help you get started on the right foot. 

You’ll find the translation for hi in several languages below as well as the literal meaning of these different ways to say hello and a link to the audio so you can hear how these phrases sound.

Ready to learn to say hi in different languages? Let’s get started.

Hello in Different Languages

How to Say Hello in Arabic - مرحبا

In Arabic, you say مرحبا (marhaba) to greet someone or say “hello”. You can also use it to say “welcome” or “bravo”. It’s literal meaning is “God is love”. Visit this link to hear how to say hello in Arabic.

How to Say Hello in Cantonese - 嗨

Hi in Cantonese is (hāi). It’s a loan word from the English “hi”. It’s said with a high tone. Visit this link to hear how to say hello in Cantonese.

How to Say Hello in Danish - Hej

The Danish word for hello is hej and it sounds similar to the English word “hey”. Visit this link to hear how to say hello in Danish.

How to Say Hello in Dutch - Hoi

The Dutch word hoi means the same as the English word “hi” and is slightly less formal than another way to say hello in Dutch--hallo. Visit this link to hear how to say hello in Dutch.

How to Say Hello in Brazilian Portuguese - Oi

The Brazilian Portuguese word for “hello” that you’ll commonly hear in Brazil is oi. It literally means “hi”. Visit this link to hear how to say hello in Brazilian Portuguese.

How to Say Hello in Castilian Spanish - Hola

The Castilian Spanish word for “hello” is hola. Visit this link to hear how to say hello in European Spanish.

How to Say Hello in Esperanto - Saluton

The Esperanto word for “hello” is similar to the English greeting “salutations” or the French salut. In Esperanto, “hello” is saluton. Visit this link to hear how to say hello in Esperanto.

How to Say Hello in European Portuguese - Olá

While oi is the most common greeting in Brazilian Portuguese, olá, the Portuguese word for “hello”, is what you’ll most likely hear in Portugal. Visit this link to hear how to say hello in European Portuguese.

How to Say Hello in French - Bonjour

To say “hello” in French, you literally say “good day”. The French word for “hello” is bonjour. The word bon means “good” and jour means “day”. Visit this link to hear how to say hello in French.

How to Say Hello in German - Hallo

The German word for “hello” is very similar to the word in English. It’s hallo. Visit this link to hear how to say hello in German.

How to Say Hello in Hawaiian - Aloha

The literal meaning of aloha, the Hawaiian word for “hello” is “the breath of life”. The greeting carries much more meaning than a simple “hello” and implies a degree of respect and love. Visit this link to hear how to say hello in Hawaiian.

How to Say Hello in Hebrew - היי

Want to know how to say hello in Hebrew? It’s  היי (hyy). Visit this link to hear how to say hello in Hebrew.

How to Say Hello in Hindi - नमस्ते

To greet someone in Hindi, you say नमस्ते (namaste). In Hinduism, the greeting means “I bow to the divine in you." It’s derived from the sanskrit namah and te. It is often said with a slight bow and the hands pressed together. Visit this link to hear how to say hello in Hindi.

How to Say Hello in Hungarian - Szia

The Hungarian word for “hello” can mean either “hi” or “bye” depending on the context. It’s szia. Visit this link to hear how to say hello in Hungarian.

How to Say Hello in Icelandic -

The Danish word for hello is and much like the Danish hej, it sounds like the English word “hey”.  Visit this link to hear how to say hello in Icelandic.

How to Say Hello in Indonesian - Hai

If you’d like to say hello in Indonesian, it’s “hai”. You can also say “halo”. Visit this link to hear how to say hello in Indonesian.

How to Say Hello in Italian - Ciao

Like Hungarian, the Italian word for “hello” can mean either “hi” or “bye” depending on when you say it. To say “hello” in Italian, you can say ciao. Visit this link to hear how to say hello in Italian.

How to Say Hello in Japanese - こんにちは

The Japanese word for hello is こんにちは (konnichiwa). It literally means “this” (kon) “day” (nichi) “as for” (wa). Visit this link to hear how to say hello in Japanese.

How to Say Hello in Korean - 안녕하세요

To greet someone in Korean, you would say 안녕하세요 (annyeong haseo), or in less formal situations, more simply 안녕 (annyeong). It literally means “peace be with you”. Visit this link to hear how to say hello in Korean.

How to Say Hello in Latin American Spanish - Hola

The Latin American Spanish word for “hello” is the same as the word in European Spanish. It’s hola. Visit this link to hear how to say hello in Latin American Spanish.

How to Say Hello in Mandarin - 你好

If you want to say “hello” in Mandarin Chinese, you say 你好 (nǐ hǎo). It literally means “you good”. Visit this link to hear how to say hello in Mandarin.

How to Say Hello in Maori - Kia ora

The Maori word for “hello” is kia ora. It can also mean “cheers”, “good luck”, “thanks” or “best wishes”. Visit this link to hear how to say hello in Maori.

How to Say Hello in Norwegian - Hei

The Norwegian word for hello is hei and much like the Danish hej, or the Icelandic , it sounds much like the English greeting “hey”. Visit this link to hear how to say hello in Norwegian.

How to Say Hello in Polish - Cześć

The Polish word for “hello” is cześć and it’s believed to be derived from the Proto-European word for honor. Visit this link to hear how to say hello in Polish.

How to Say Hello in Russian - Привет

One way to say “hello” in Russian is Привет (privet). It’s slightly less formal than здра́вствуйте (zdravstvujte) and was passed down from an older Slavic language. Visit this link to hear how to say hello in Russian.

How to Say Hello in Swedish - Hej

Saying “hello” in Swedish is the same as Danish--it’s hej. Visit this link to hear how to say hello in Swedish.

How to Say Hello in Tagalog - Kumusta

The Tagalog greeting kumusta is derived from the Spanish ¿cómo está?. This means it can also mean “how are you?” in Tagalog as well as “hello”. Visit this link to hear how to say hello in Tagalog.

How to Say Hello in Thai - สวัสดี

To say “hello” in Thai, you use สวัสดี (sà-wàt-dee). It is usually followed by is usually followed by kha when spoken by a woman and by khrap when spoken by a man. Visit this link to hear how to say hello in Thai.

How to Say Hello in Turkish - Merhaba

The origin of the Turkish greeting merhaba came from the Arabic word for hello. It, like it’s Arabic equivalent, means “God is love”. Visit this link to hear how to say hello in Turkish.

How to Say Hello in Vietnamese - Xin chào

If you want to say “hello” in Vietnamese, you would say xin chào. Visit this link to hear how to say hello in Vietnamese.

Hey, How About You?

Now you can say hello in 30 different languages. You can surprise your friends, impress your coworkers, or get to know new people in all of these languages. 

What languages can you say hello in? Do you know any other ways to greet someone in the languages in this article? 

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