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Hi in Different Languages

by Rosetta Stone

With nearly 200 countries on Earth, and thousands of languages spoken within them, it’s always useful to know how to say “hi” in each one. Or if that seems a bit ambitious, maybe just learn some of the most common ways to greet someone with a “hi.” Here’s a list to get you started.

  • Arabic = marhaba
  • Bahasa Indonesia = Halo
  • Chinese = nǐ hǎo
  • Dari = سَلام.
  • Dutch = Hallo
  • Esperanto = saluton
  • Farsi/Persian = s_alām
  • French = bonjour
  • German = guten Tag
  • Greek = Γεια σας
  • Hebrew = שָלוֹם!
  • Hindi/Indian = namaste
  • Irish = Dia duit
  • Italian = buongiorno
  • Japanese = kon’nichiwa
  • Korean = 안녕하세요
  • Latin = Salve
  • Navajo = yá’át’ééh
  • Polish = Dzień dobry
  • Portuguese = olá
  • Russian = Здравствуйте!
  • Spanish = hola
  • Swedish = Hej
  • Tagalog = Magandang araw
  • Thai = sàwàddee
  • Tongan = mālō e lelei
  • Turkish = Merhaba
  • Zulu = sawubona

If you’re planning a vacation or business trip, getting down the basics of a new language can completely change your days, weeks, or months abroad. Not only will it make it easier to connect with people in everyday situations, but feeling secure in some of the fundamentals will significantly smooth your interactions with people in stores, hotels, restaurants, museums, and beyond.

Rosetta Stone’s Dynamic Immersion® methodology teaches you to speak the language, not just memorize the words. What makes it effective is that we prepare you to use your new language in your everyday life. So it’s not just about the features, but what you’re able to do because of them. It helps you get ready to handle any situation with confidence.

How Rosetta Stone Can Help

Not only does learning a new language open doors for personal and professional possibilities, but it also expands your thinking and can prime your confidence. It can be an experience that transforms your life. As technology like the internet shrinks our world and we become members of a global community, the ability to learn a language becomes an essential part of how we interact and succeed.

Perhaps you’ve hesitated to learn a new language because you’re worried about the time commitment. Or maybe you’ve heard it’s more difficult to learn a language as an adult. Set these common misconceptions about learning languages aside—because research suggests that your ability to learn a language is mostly a matter of practice, building confidence through speaking, and contextualizing your learning.

After you decide on which language to learn and get comfortable with the basics, developing accurate pronunciation is critical. Rosetta Stone helps you dial in your pronunciation with our TruAccent™ speech-recognition engine. It compares your voice to native and non-native speakers so you get the feedback you need for the most accurate pronunciation. It’s also adjustable, which allows you to tweak your accent as needed. TruAccent is a powerful tool for helping you learn and speak the language.

Once you’ve acquired basic words, short phrases, and their proper pronunciation, it’ll be a natural transition to learn the longer phrases that make up so much of everyday conversation. Rosetta Stone’s brief, 10-minute lessons are built in exactly this way, teaching the basics first, then moving onto longer phrases. This approach helps you acquire the skills to understand and be understood with confidence.

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The best part? You don’t have to choose between app or desktop. Both come with your subscription and sync, so you can switch between devices seamlessly.

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