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The international greeting ‘Hello’ is the first word we get to know before entering any country, therefore I thought it would be great to make a giant list of the equivalent term in various languages. How many did you know beforehand?

Afrikaans – hallo

Albanian – tjeta

Amharic – selam

Arabic – marhaban

Armenian – barev

Azerbaijani – salam

Basque – kaixo

Belarusian – vitaju

Bengali – nomoshkar (hindu) or assalamualaikum (muslim)

Breton – demat

Bulgarian – zdravej

Burmese – mingalarba

Bosnian – zdravo

Cambodian – sous-dey

Cantonese – neih hou

Catalan – hola

Chichewa – moni

Chinese – ni hao

Croatian – bok

Czech – ahoj

Danish – hallo

Dutch – hallo

Dzongkha – kuzu-zangpo

Esperanto – saluton

Estonian – tere

Fijian – bula

Finnish – terve

French – bonjour

Frisian – goeie

Gaelic – halo

Georgian – gamarjoba

German – hallo

Greek – yassou

Gujarati – namaste

Hausa – sannu

Hawaiian – aloha (my favourite)

Hebrew – shalom

Hindi – namaste

Hungarian – szia

Icelandic – hallo

Igbo – kedu

Indonesian – halo

Irish – dia duit

Italian – ciao

Japanese – konnichiwa

Kannada – namaste

Kazakh – salem

Kinyarwanda – bite

Korean – annyeong

Kurdish – merheba

Kyrgyx – salam

Lao – sabaidee

Latin – Salve

Latvian – sveika (male) or sveiks (female)

Limburgish – Hallau

Lingala – mbote

Lithuanian – sveikas (male) or sveika (female)

Luganda – ki kati

Luxembourgish – moien

Macedonian – Добар ден

Malagasy – miarahaba

Malay – hello or hai

Malayalam – aay

Maltese – Ħelow

Maori – kia ora

Marshallese – yokwe

Mongolian – sain bainu uu

Ndebele – salibonani

Nepali – namaste

Northern Sotho – dumelang

Norwegian – god dag

Odia – ନମସ୍କାର

Oromo – attam

Palauan – alii

Pashto – salaam

Persian – salam

Polish – czesc

Portuguese – ola

Punjabi – sat sri akal (Sikh) or salaam (Muslim)

Romanian – salut

Russian – privet

Samoan – malo

Serbian – zdravo

Sesotho – dumela

Shona – mhoro

Sinhala – halo

Slovak – ahoj

Slovene – zivjo

Spanish – hola

Swahili – jambo

Swati – sawubona

Swedish – hej

Tagalog – helow

Tahitian – ia ora na

Taiwanese Hokkien – li-ho

Tamil – vanakkam

Tatar – salam

Telugu – namaskaram

Thai – sa-wat-dee

Tibetan – tashi delek

Tigrinya – selam

Tok Pisin – gude

Tongan – malo e lelei

Tsonga – avuxeni

Tswana – dumela

Turkish – selam

Ukrainian – pryvit

Urdu – salam

Uyghur – yahshimusiz

Uzbek – salom

Vietnamese – xin chao

Welsh – s’mae

Wolof – salaam aleekum

Xhosa – molo

Yiddish – sholem-aleykhem

Yoruba – bawo

Zulu – sawubona

Written by | tombourlet

Tom Bourlet is the creator of Spaghetti Traveller and has been addicted to travelling ever since taking a roadtrip across the USA.

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