Can You Say ‘Hello’ in 100 Languages? Yes, You Can!

In today’s world, we are connected like never before. Thanks to new technology and more efficient transportation, the world is becoming smaller. And with this increased connectivity, there is never a better time to learn a second language. It can be an incredible tool for jet-setters, allowing us to communicate basic needs and establish deeper bonds with the places we visit. 

Learning just one word, such as “hello,” can be an incredible gateway into another culture. With this simple word, you can show respect to locals and break down barriers between yourself and those around you. And with 100 different translations, there’s no excuse not to know a bit of the local lingo before your next adventure!

100 Ways to Say Hello in Different Languages

Afrikaans: Hallo

Where it’s spoken: South Africa

Albanian: Përshëndetje

Where it’s spoken: Albania, Kosovo

Amharic: ሰላም (pronounced “salam”)

Where it’s spoken: Ethiopia

Arabic: مرحبا (pronounced “marhaba”) 

Where it’s spoken: Middle East, North Africa

Armenian: Բարև (pronounced “barev”)

Where it’s spoken: Armenia

Azerbaijani: Salam

Where it’s spoken: Azerbaijan

Basque: Kaixo

Where it’s spoken: Northern Spain and Southern France

Bengali: নমস্কার (pronouncd “nomoshkar”)

Where it’s spoken: Bangladesh

Bhutanese: Kuzu zangpo la

Where it’s spoken: Bhutan

Bosnian: Zdravo

Where it’s spoken: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bulgarian: Здравейте (pronounced “zdraveĭte”) 

Where it’s spoken: Bulgaria 

Burmese: ဟယ်လို (pronounced “hailo”)

Where it’s spoken: Myanmar

Cambodian/Khmer: ជំរាបសួរ (pronounced “chomreabsuor”)

Where it’s spoken: Cambodia

Cantonese Chinese: 哈囉 (pronounced “ha lo”) 

Where it’s spoken: Hong Kong, Macau

Chichewa: Moni 

Where it’s spoken: Malawi

Croatian: Bok 

Where it’s spoken: Croatia

Czech: Ahoj

Where it’s spoken: Czech Republic

Danish: Hej

Where it’s spoken: Denmark

Dutch: Hallo

Where it’s spoken: Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname

English: Hello 

Where it’s spoken: Globally 

Estonian: Tere 

Where it’s spoken: Estonia

Farsi/Persian: سلام (pronounced “salam”)

Where it’s spoken: Iran, Afghanistan

Fijian: Bula 

Where it’s spoken: Fiji

Finnish: Hei 

Where it’s spoken: Finland

French: Bonjour 

Where it’s spoken: France, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland

Georgian: გამარჯობა (pronounced “gamardjoba”)

Where it’s spoken: Georgia

German: Hallo 

Where it’s spoken: Germany, Austria, Switzerland

Greek: Γεια σας (pronounced “geia sas”) 

Where it’s spoken: Greece, Cyprus

Hausa: Sannu 

Where it’s spoken: Nigeria, Niger

Hawaiian: Aloha 

Where it’s spoken: Hawaii 

Hebrew: שלום (pronounced “shalom”)

Where it’s spoken: Israel

Hmong: Nyob zoo

Where it’s spoken: Southeast Asia, United States

Hungarian: Szia 

Where it’s spoken: Hungary

Icelandic: Halló

Where it’s spoken: Iceland

Igbo: Ndewo 

Where it’s spoken: Nigeria

Indonesian: Halo 

Where it’s spoken: Indonesia

Italian: Ciao

Where it’s spoken: Italy

Japanese: こんにちは (pronounced “konnichiwa”) 

Where it’s spoken: Japan

Kannada: ಹಲೋ (pronounced “halo”) 

Where it’s spoken: Karnataka (India)

Kazakh: Сәлеметсіз бе (pronounced “salemetsiz be”) 

Where it’s spoken: Kazakhstan

Khmu: ສະບາຍດີ (pronounced “sabaidee”) 

Where it’s spoken: Laos

Kinyarwanda: Muraho 

Where it’s spoken: Rwanda

Kiribati: Moa oti 

Where it’s spoken: Kiribati

Korean: 안녕하세요 (pronounced “annyeonghaseyo”) 

Where it’s spoken: South Korea

Kyrgyz: Салам (pronounced “salam”) 

Where it’s spoken: Kyrgyzstan

Lao: ສະບາຍດີ (pronounced “sabaidee”) 

Where it’s spoken: Laos

Latvian: Sveiki 

Where it’s spoken: Latvia

Lithuanian: Sveiki 

Where it’s spoken: Lithuania

Luganda: Wabula

Where it’s spoken: Uganda

Macedonian: Здраво (pronounced “zdravo”)

Where it’s spoken: North Macedonia

Malagasy: Manao ahoana

Where it’s spoken: Madagascar

Malay: Hai

Where it’s spoken: Malaysia, Indonesia

Malayalam: നമസ്കാരം (pronounced “namaskaram”)

Where it’s spoken: Kerala (India)

Mandarin Chinese: 你好 (pronounced “nǐ hǎo”)

Where it’s spoken: China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia

Maori: Kia ora  

Where it’s spoken: New Zealand

Marshallese: Yokwe

Where it’s spoken: Marshall Islands

Mongolian: Сайн байна уу (pronounced “sain baina uu”)

Where it’s spoken: Mongolia

Ndebele: Sawubona

Where it’s spoken: South Africa, Zimbabwe

Nepali: नमस्ते (pronounced “namaste”)

Where it’s spoken: Nepal

Norwegian: Hei

Where it’s spoken: Norway

Nyanja: Moni

Where it’s spoken: Zambia

Oromo: Akkam

Where it’s spoken: Ethiopia

Polish: Cześć

Where it’s spoken: Poland

Portuguese: Olá

Where it’s spoken: Portugal, Brazil

Punjabi: ਸਤ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਅਕਾਲ (pronounced “sat sri akaal”)

Where it’s spoken: Punjab (India and Pakistan)

Romanian: Salut

Where it’s spoken: Romania

Russian: Здравствуйте (pronounced “zdravstvuyte”)

Where it’s spoken: Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan

Samoan: Talofa

Where it’s spoken: Samoa

Serbian: Здраво (pronounced “zdravo”)

Where it’s spoken: Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sesotho: Lumela (pronounced “dumela”)

Where it’s spoken: Lesotho

Setswana: Dumela

Where it’s spoken: Botswana

Shona: Mhoro

Where it’s spoken: Zimbabwe

Sinhala: හෙලෝ (pronounced “helo”)

Where it’s spoken: Sri Lanka

Slovak: Ahoj

Where it’s spoken:Slovakia

Slovenian: Živijo

Where it’s spoken: Slovenia

Somali: Salaam alaykum

Where it’s spoken: Somalia

Spanish: Hola

Where it’s spoken: Spain, Latin America

Sranan Tongo: Odi

Where it’s spoken: Suriname

Swahili: Habari

Where it’s spoken: East Africa

Swati: Sawubona

Where it’s spoken: Swaziland

Swedish: Hej 

Where it’s spoken: Sweden, Finland

Tagalog/Filipino: Kamusta

Where it’s spoken: Philippines

Tahitian: Ia ora na

Where it’s spoken: French Polynesia

Tajik: Салом (pronounced “salam”)

Where it’s spoken: Tajikistan

Tamil: வணக்கம் (pronounced “vanakkam”)

Where it’s spoken: Tamil Nadu (India), Sri Lanka

Telugu: నమస్తే (pronounced “namaste”)

Where it’s spoken: Andhra Pradesh (India)

Thai: สวัสดี (pronounced “sawatdee”)

Where it’s spoken: Thailand

Tigrinya: ሰላም (pronounced “salam”)

Where it’s spoken: Eritrea

Tongan: Mālō e lelei

Where it’s spoken: Tonga

Turkish: Merhaba

Where it’s spoken: Turkey

Turkmen: Salam

Where it’s spoken: Turkmenistan

Ukrainian: Вітаю (pronounced “vitayu”)

Where it’s spoken: Ukraine

Urdu: سلام (pronounced “salam”)

Where it’s spoken: Pakistan

Uzbek: Salom

Where it’s spoken: Uzbekistan

Vietnamese: Xin chào

Where it’s spoken: Vietnam

Wolof: Salam

Where it’s spoken: Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania

Xhosa: Molo

Where it’s spoken: South Africa

Xitsonga: Avuxeni

Where it’s spoken: South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

Yoruba: Bawo ni

Where it’s spoken: Nigeria, Benin

Zulu: Sawubona

Where it’s spoken: South Africa