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How many languages can you say hello in?

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  • Added on: September 25th, 2007
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:

English
Scottish-Gaelic
French
German
Spanish
Latvian
Italian
Japanese
Thai
Arabic

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Damn - forgot Hebrew and Maori and Hawaiian...
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  • Added on: September 26th, 2007
If this were an activity in an ESL class, I'd have to respond "prove it!" and make you say hello in those languages. So how do you?

I can add

Turkish (merhaba)
Lao (sabadii)
Tunisian Arabic (selaam, mon ami)
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  • Added on: September 26th, 2007
Okay then...

English - hi / hiya / g'day / hello
Scottish-Gaelic - Oidhche mhath
French - Bonjour
German - Guten Tag
Spanish - Ola
Latvian - Labdien
Italian - ciao
Japanese - Konichiwa
Thai - Sawatdee Kaa
Arabic - as salaam alaykum
Hebrew - Shalom
Maori - Kia Ora
Hawaiian - Aloha
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  • Added on: September 26th, 2007
Oh - and Croatian (Dobro jutro)
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  • Added on: September 26th, 2007
Admittedly, I did not know the Scottish, Latvian Maori, Lao or Tunisian Arabic, but the rest on the list, I got. Add to that:

Hungarian - "Jo napot" (good day) and "Szia" (Hello).
Egyptian Arabic - "Sabah el Kher" (good morning)
Romanian - "Buna zia"
Romani - "Dobroj Tut"
Mandarain - "Ni Hao"
Estonian - "Tervist"
Czech and Slovak - "Dobry den"
Slovenian - "Zhivjo" informally - I don't remember the formal
Dutch - "Godendag" or just "Dag"
Zulu - "Sawu bona"
Xhosa - "Molo"
Russian - "Privet"
Portugese - "Ola"
Dinka - "See Yee Bak"
"Dobro Jutro (good morning) and Dobar Dan (good day also apply to Serbia and Bosnia. More common for hi, however, is "Zdravo" or "Bog" in Croatia
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  • Added on: September 26th, 2007
dammit - I will have to tell the croatian guy who sits next to me at work that he's got it wrong then...
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  • Added on: September 27th, 2007
Nope, he is right. "Dobro jutro" is correct if you want to say "Good morning." "Bog" meaning "God" is a common way to say "Hi" in Croatia. Similar to the way the Austrians use "Gruss Gott" and Arabs us "Salaam el Leykum" I used Bog a lot with my friends and some of my most familiar Croatia clients.

Ask your Croatia colleague, "Kako Ste?" (How are you?) or if you are feeling more daring say "Je buti slikas foyju." Then laugh.
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  • Added on: September 27th, 2007
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if you are feeling more daring say "Je buti slikas foyju." Then laugh.


Ha ha...

I understand part of that anyway I think.

You know, in Moscow they have Russian tea, in the UK they have black tea, and in ex-Yugo they have jebi ga ti...

What about plain old Cao? Smile
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  • Added on: September 27th, 2007
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Originally posted by KPG:

Japanese - Konichiwa


Actually in practice the standard greeting in summer and winter seems to be a winge about the weather:

Atsui, desu ne? (Hot, isn't it?)
Samui, desu ne? (Cold, isn't it?)

These greetings seem to be used regardless of the actual temperature.
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  • Added on: October 4th, 2007
I can add:

Slovak--Ahoj (hello)

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  • Added on: October 4th, 2007
You can add Welsh too with:

Hello: Shw mae (Shoe-my)
Good Morning: Bore da (Boh-reh-dar)

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  • Added on: October 29th, 2007
You can add Korean

Hello - 안녕하세요 (An nyeong ha sey yo)
or
Hi - 안녕 (An nyeong)

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  • Added on: January 4th, 2008
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:

English
Scottish-Gaelic
French
German
Spanish
Latvian
Italian
Japanese
Thai
Arabic

Smile


Hmmm...let me think.

English: G'day / Hello
German: Guten tag / Hallo
Spanish: Buenos dias / Hola
French: Bonjour / Alo (phone)
Italian: Buon giorno / Ciao
Portuguese: Ola / Bom dia
Polish: Dobry den?
Norwegian: Hej
Swedish: Hallo (something like that)
Chinese: Ni hao
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  • Added on: March 20th, 2008
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Originally posted by KPG:

Scottish-Gaelic - Oidhche mhath


Hate to ruin it for you but that means goodnight! Big Grin
In Irish-gaelic it's spelt Oiche mhaith but said pretty much the same way.

The Irish Gaelic hello is Dia dhuit. Literally God be with you.
In Ulster, the north of the country they said, 'Cad é mar atá tú?'. Mean how are you but they say it as hello.
That's what they say in Scottish-gaelic too but the spelling is different I think.

Has anyone said Swedish? Think it's hej!
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