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10 Different Ways to Say "Hello" Around The World

Being at a new place we tend to initiate conversation with strangers. "Hello" is one of the best way to start your conversations, it could be an icing on the top if you can speak a few words of their native language. Speaking in local language can brings a sense of comfort and it makes an instant connection that connection is "foreigner - native connection". In this article, the word "Hello"is written in various languages which you can speak on your next adventure.

Here are The 10 Different Ways to say "Hello" Around The World

1. BONJOUR - French

Where it can be used:

Apart from France, Belgium and Switzerland certain parts of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria and the sub-Saharan African countries of DR Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Guinea, Gabon Mauritius and even Canada.

2. HOLA – Spanish

Where it can be used:

Outside Spain, Spanish, or Castillian as it is sometimes called, is the main language of all Central and South American countries apart from Brazil. It is also the second most common language in the USA, spoken by more than 34m Hispanic Americans.

3. HALLO / GUTEN TAG – German

Where it can be used:

It is mostly used in the countries like Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

4. Nǐn hǎo - Chinese

Where it can be used:

This word is widely spoken in the country China. This greeting can also be used in nearby island surrounding the country.

5. CIAO – Italian

Where it can be used:

There is very famous saying"When in Rome do as Romans do". Learn this greeting and feel the Italian roots.

6 PRIVET -.Russian

Where it can be used:

Russia, and as a first or second language in the Eastern European, Caucasian and Central Asian countries of the former USSR. Kazakhstan in particular has large numbers of ethnic Russians who speak Russian rather than Kazakh.

7. OLA - Portuguese

Where it can be used:

Portugal and Brazil. Also spoken in former Portuguese colonies of Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Macau.


Where it can be used:

Japanese is spoken pretty much only in Japan. The greetings above are used in the morning, around midday and in the evening respectively.

9. NAMASTE – Hindi

Where it can be used:

Northern India and Nepal. Hindi is one of the official languages of India, but is spoken as native language by only 41% of the population. Some people classify Hindi as the same language as Urdu, which is spoken in Pakistan.


Where it can be used:

Arabic in various dialects is spoken throughout North Africa and the Middle East. It is a main language in the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, Western Sahara, Yemen


SALAAM – Persian (Farsi)

Where it can be used:

Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan. Also parts of Uzbekistan and Bahrain. NB. Persian is sometimes called Farsi. That’s the local name for Persian as it is spoken in Iran.



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