Hello! This greeting is the start of many conversations, and if you’re speaking with someone new, the way you say it offers a first impression of you.
When you’re talking to people who speak a different language than you, even if you don’t have a strong grasp of the basics of their language, knowing how to give them a proper hello will get you started on the right foot.
Here’s how you can say hello in fifteen different languages, to help you greet people with gusto!
Hello in different languages
|German||guten Tag||GOO-tehn tahk|
|Vietnamese||xin chào||sin jow|
|Polish||dzień dobry||jayn doh-brih|
This is a list of general greetings that are useful in a wide variety of situations. They’re common ways of saying hello that will help you fit in with most native speakers. These greetings are also formal and polite, so if you’re talking to someone who you need to be particularly respectful toward — such as a senior or authority figure — you’re covered.
While some of these terms literally translate to “hello,” not all of them do. For example, the German greeting guten Tag means “good day,” while the translation of “hello” in German is hallo. In some languages, the literal translation of “hello” is considered informal and may be inappropriate to use with people you don’t know well. Those are not included on this list.
Casual greetings in different languages
It may be best to use formal language when you’re talking to strangers and acquaintances, but with friends and family it’s a different story. You can afford to give them a more casual hello to show your affection and comfort around them.
The formal greetings listed above are appropriate to use with people you’re close with, but if you want to express yourself with a more informal hello, here’s what you can say instead:
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