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How many languages can you say hello in?

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  • Added on: March 23rd, 2008
The ones I know (which I think have all been said already) are Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English, Egyptian Arabic, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, Hindi/Urdu... um... I think that's it for me.

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Aloha kakou!

This is a tricky one ... some languages have so many ways to say hello, depending on rank and time of day and formality and gender and ... who knows what else.

Some for the list:
  • Bahasa Indonesia - selamat pagi (good morning)
  • Turkish - Iyi gunler (good day)
  • Micronesian (Chuuk) - Ran allim (good day)
  • Micronesian (Pohnpei) - Kaselehlie
  • Micronesian (Chamorro) - Hafa adai
  • Mentawai (Sumatra) - Anailoita (Not sure how to spell that!)
  • Mandarin - Nii hao (Get the tones right! Else it might mean 'suck my goose' for all I know).
  • Portuguese / Brazil - Bom dia.
  • Egyptian Arabic - Baksheesh mister.


    I used to know some of the Thai and Sumatran indigenous language greetings, but I forgot which went with who - not that I could spell any of them. There was an u du tois and an abudah jah

    Haci Richard - Now I need to go to Tunisia just so that I can say Selam, mon ami. There's something sexy about that.
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    • Added on: March 24th, 2008
    In Swedish it's definitely - hej!

    Polish - czesc! or Dzien Dobry!
    Cape Verdean Creole - Tu de bon!
    Dzongkha (Bhutan) - kuzuzangbola!

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    English: Howdy.
    Spanish: Hola.
    Portuguese: Oi.
    Dutch: Hallo.
    German: Hallo.
    French: Salut.
    Czech: Ahoj.
    Russian: Privet.
    Arabic: La-bas.
    Hebrew: Shalom.
    Thai: Sawatdee khap.
    Korean: Annyeong (haseyo).
    Japanese: Genki.
    Burmese: Mingalaba.
    Bahasa: Selamat (+).
    Mandarin: Ni hao.
    Italian: Ciao.
    Swahili: Jambo.
    Hindi: Namaste.

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    English
    French
    Spanish
    German
    Arabic

    The rest I forget.
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    Dutch
    English
    Spanish
    French
    German
    Italian
    Russian

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    Hungarian - "Jo napot" (good day) and "Szia" (Hello).


    Also: Szervusz.

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    German
    French
    Hebrew
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    Mandarin: Ni hao.
    Italian
    Swahili
    Polish
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    • Added on: January 28th, 2009
    At one point I could say hello in:

    English
    Spanish
    German
    French
    Italian
    Hindi
    Chinese (mandarin and Cantonese)
    Thai
    Laotian
    Vietnamese
    Arabic
    Afrikans
    Hebrew
    Dutch

    Now:

    English
    Spanish
    French
    Italian
    German
    Hindi
    Chinese Mandarin
    Czech
    Swiss-German
    Hebrew
    Dutch
    Urdu
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    Dutch, English, French, German, Polish, Russian, Fula, Mongolian, Arabic, Slovak, Czech, Serbian, Letzeburgish (is that the English name of the language they speak in Luxemburg???), Spanish, Italian, Chinese - I think that's about it
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    seraphim wrote: Letzeburgish (is that the English name of the language they speak in Luxemburg???)


    I think it might be Luxembourgish or Luxembourgeois.
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    • Added on: February 7th, 2009
    Jacob G. Norlund wrote:quote:Originally posted by KPG:So - I may not be able to speak any language other than English to any recognisable degree, but atleast I can say hello in 10 languages:..... Polish: Dobry den?....,Swedish: Hallo (something like that)


    Those two weren't correct - 'dobry den' is good day in Czech, and 'Hallo' in Swedish is when you want someone's attention.

    Cześć - hello in Polish (dzień dobry = good day)
    Hej - hello in Swedish (god dag = good day)
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    • Added on: March 10th, 2009
    Just a few along the way...

    Thai- Sawadee Krup (male hello)
    Hmong- Bua Nyo' Djong
    Moroccan Arabic- Salaamu Aleikum, La bes? (Peace be upon you, how are you?)
    Modern Standard Arabic- Salaamu Aleikum, kaifa al-hal? (Peace be upon you, how are you?)
    Cambodian Kumai- Suk Sabaii
    Laos-Sabaidee Go/Bo?
    English-Hello
    Spanish-Hola
    Chinese-Ni Hao
    Ethiopian Amharic- Un Duminekh (to a male)
    Hindi- Namaste, Ap Kahsa' Hah? (Hello, how are you? to a male)

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    Kurdish
    Greek
    Armenian
    English
    Spanish
    French
    Italian
    Dutch
    German
    Russian
    Arabic
    Japenese
    Hebrew
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