“Hello” is a common yet meaningful word in our lives. It isone of the first words we learn in school. It is one of the first words we useeach 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 friendlyyet 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 saygoodbye 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 ifyou want to be formal. Or you can be more relaxed by saying Hallo to acquaintances. Once the sunsets, 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 spokengreeting in the world (based on population). Nei Ho means a formal “hello” in both Cantonese and MandarinChinese.
5. Japanese – Konnichi Ha (kon-neen-chee-wah). Translation:Hello.
Written in Japanese asこんにちは – Konnichi Ha is a very common way andrespectful of greeting somebody in Japan, or wherever Japanese is spoken!
6. Russian – Zdravstvuyte (ZDRA-stvooy-tyeh).Translation: “Hello.”
No matter what time of day it is you can greet someone with Zdravstvuyte. If you want to be brief, aquick Privet! (pree-VYET) will dojust fine for saying “hi.”
7. Portuguese – Olá pronounced (oh-LAH). Translation: Hello.
Olá (similar toSpanish) 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 theformal way to greet somebody in Arabic. Mar-ha-banand Ahlan both mean a simpler “Hello” and will make you sound morerelaxed.
9. Italian – Ciao (chow). Translation: Hello.(Sometimes Goodbye).
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 afriendly “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 interactwith people all over the world… or share new wisdom with your friends in everydaylife. Do you know any other translations for hello? Please share below. Ciaofor now!