“Hello” is a common yet meaningful word in our lives. It is
one of the first words we learn in school. It is one of the first words we use
each morning. And it helps us build courage and confidence in new environments.
“Hello” can also be translated into nearly all modern languages!
1. Spanish – Hola (oh-LA). Translation: Hello.
Hola is a friendly yet formal way of saying hi. You can also be more casual by saying Qué Onda (keh ondah) in South America or Qué Pasa (keh pasah) in Spain, both phrases meaning: “What’s Up?”
2. French – Salut (sah-LUU). Translation: Hi.
Greet friends or family any time of the day by saying Salut. You can also use it to say goodbye after a conversation! Bonjour (bohn-ZHOOR) is more formal and translates to “Good Day.” And Bonsoir (bohn-SOOAH) means “Good Evening.”
3. German – Guten Tag (gooten-taag). Translation: Hello or Good Day.
Say Guten Tag if you want to be formal. Or you can be more relaxed by saying Hallo to acquaintances. Once the sun sets, Guten Abend (gooten-abend) means “Good Evening.” And don’t forget – Tag (tahg) means “hi” among friends.
4. Chinese – Nei Ho (nee-how). Translation: Hello.
Written in Cantonese and Mandarin as 你好 – Nei Ho may be the most spoken greeting in the world (based on population). Nei Ho means a formal “hello” in both Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese.
5. Japanese – Konnichi Ha (kon-neen-chee-wah). Translation:
Written in Japanese asこんにちは – Konnichi Ha is a very common way and respectful of greeting somebody in Japan, or wherever Japanese is spoken!
6. Russian – Zdravstvuyte (ZDRA-stvooy-tyeh).
No matter what time of day it is you can greet someone with Zdravstvuyte. If you want to be brief, a quick Privet! (pree-VYET) will do just fine for saying “hi.”
7. Portuguese – Olá pronounced (oh-LAH). Translation: Hello.
Olá (similar to Spanish) is an everyday, complimentary greeting used between all people. However, Boas, Oi and Alô are all different kinds of informal greetings you can use.
8. Arabic – As-salam (ala-kyum). Translation: Peace Upon You.
As-salam is the formal way to greet somebody in Arabic. Mar-ha-ban and Ahlan both mean a simpler “Hello” and will make you sound more relaxed.
9. Italian – Ciao (chow). Translation: Hello.
Depending on the time of day, you may also want to use Buongiorno (bwohn-GEEOR-noh) for “Good Day,” or Buonasera (bwohn-ah-SARA) for a friendly “Good Evening.”
10. Indian – Namaste or Namaskar.
The word is a combination of two Sanskrit terms: namah (I bow respectfully to you) and aste (let there be). However the spirit of the meaning is more important than the literal translation.
These are just a few of the ways you can learn to interact with people all over the world… or share new wisdom with your friends in everyday life. Do you know any other translations for hello? Please share below. Ciao for now!