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20 Ways to Say “Hello” Around the World

20 Ways to Say “Hello” Around the World

“Hello!”, “Hi!”, and “Hey!” are the three most common forms of greetings in use today. Greetings do not rely only on the language, but also on the way you express it. Different countries have their different customs of saying “hello” to each other.

Here are 20 ways to say “hello”  taken from around the globe. Next time you are visiting any of the countries, you will know how to greet everyone.

1. Encantado / Encantada (Argentina)

In Argentina, when you meet a person for the first time, it is a courtesy to put your right cheek onto your acquaintance’s right cheek and make a kissing sound only. Don’t repeat this on the left cheek, unless the person moves forward to do it. Since this is a formal greeting, if the person is a male, say “encantado”, and if they’re female, say “encantada”.

2. Dumela rra / Dumela mma (Botswana)

People in Botswana prefer to say “hello” to each other before proceeding to talk about other things. If you are meeting a man, say “dumela rra” (doo-meh-lah-rah), and if you are meeting a woman, say “dumela mma” (doo-meh-lah-mah). The custom they follow is a handshake with a twist, achieved by extending your right hand for a normal handshake, then once you hold the other person’s hand, change the hand position, grasp your friend’s thumb with yours, and return back to the handshake.

3. Bedouin men

Bedouin men are desert nomads, who are also Arabs. They are a huge tribe, and live all of their lives in the desert, maintaining their very own culture. According to them, rubbing noses with an acquaintance is the only way they greet each other. This act is done by both men and women alike. In the case of women, they do it as well, except that they prefer to do so behind the curtain.

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4. Nin Hao (China)

This is the first thing you learn as a beginner when you start learning Chinese. “Nin Hao” means “hello” in a more respectful way other than “Ni Hao”. As for the custom, people in China bend forward by kneeling down on the floor, and touching their forehead on the ground. This custom is dying out, but many still do this out of respect to elders.

5. Bonjour (France)

Saying “hello” to everyone is a common form of greeting in France, regardless of whether you are traveling on the bus, or dining out, or even walking down the road. A common custom of greeting is a kiss on each cheek, but there are other rituals when people kiss four times (twice on the right cheek, twice on the left).

6. “Eskimo Greeting” (Greenland)

Eskimos (or Inuits) have a special kind of a greeting, known as Kunik. An Inuit will put their nose and upper lip on their companion’s cheeks or forehead, and inhale their companion’s smell.

7. Namaste (India)

Indians fold both their hands together and say “namaste” to each other. A common custom of greeting is to bend down and touch the other person’s feet.

8. Ohayo (Japan)

The Japanese bow when they are saying “Ohayo” (hello) to each other. Apart from being their culture, it is also a form of showing respect to the elders and other individuals.

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9. Selamat.. (Malaysia)

Malaysia is a multicultural country with the majority of people being conservative. Despite various cultures, people generally follow the same manner in greeting each other. They will lightly touch their companion’s hands with both of their hands, and pull back their hands toward the heart. Meanwhile, they use the word “selamat depending on the time of the day (for example: “selamat pagi” means “good morning.

10. Tena Koe (Maori)

The first thing Maori tribal people do to address each other is to perform hongi. This is done by pressing the forehead and the nose against your companion’s. This is mostly done out of respect for each other.

11. Micronesia

Micronesia consists of many islands put together. Each island has its individual way of ritual and custom when greeting people; however, residents of Marshall Islands acknowledge the presence of each other by raising their eyebrows. Interesting, isn’t it?

12. Salaam (Middle East)

The custom of greeting in Middle East is to shake hands and kissing cheeks 2 to 3 times. This has to be done to the same gender.

13. Kamusta (Philippines)

The young Filipinos will bow, take a hand, and touch the knuckles of the elderly on their forehead to show respect and a way to say “Kamusta” (hello). This form of greeting is known as Mano.

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14. Zdravstvuyte (Russia)

As a tradition followed for generation after generation, Russians greet their guests with bread and salt. This is known as Kleb da sol. Russians respect bread the most out of any food, and salt means “long friendship” to them.

15. Aybowan (Sri Lanka)

When saying “Aybowan” (hello) in Sri Lanka, the people will hold their hands in front of their guest.

16. Tashi Delek (Tibet)

Funny enough, a courteous greeting in Tibet is to stick out your tongue, and it isn’t even considered rude!

17. Sawasdi Ka (Thailand)

If you have traveled on Thai Airways or have seen their ads, you already know how they greet people. Their custom is to fold their palms at the chest, bow their head at such a level that their thumbs touch their chin and the fingertips touch the forehead.

18. Dobryy den’ (Ukraine)

Ukrainian men remove their gloves before shaking hands with their male guest. As for women, a way of showing gallantry is by kissing a woman’s hand. Men don’t shake women’s hands because it does not fall into their tradition.

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19. Hey (USA)

Nowadays, Americans shake hands on formal occasions, and everyone smiles at each other. As far as tradition goes, they mainly hug, but there is a trend for men fist bumping with their male friends. Actually, fist bumps first stemmed out of the 1940s by motorcycle gangs.

20. Bwanji (Zambia)

There is no specific way to say “hello” in Zambia because Zambians directly ask “How are you?” which is “Bwanji” in their language. As for the tradition, in the West and the North West, people clap on each other’s hands and gently squeeze the thumbs.

Featured photo credit: Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo via en.wikipedia.org

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Last Updated on December 3, 2019

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

There are so many lessons I wish I had learned while I was young enough to appreciate and apply them. The thing with wisdom, and often with life lessons in general, is that they’re learned in retrospect, long after we needed them. The good news is that other people can benefit from our experiences and the lessons we’ve learned.

Here’re 10 important life lessons you should learn early on:

1. Money Will Never Solve Your Real Problems

Money is a tool; a commodity that buys you necessities and some nice “wants,” but it is not the panacea to your problems.

There are a great many people who are living on very little, yet have wonderfully full and happy lives… and there are sadly a great many people are living on quite a lot, yet have terribly miserable lives.

Money can buy a nice home, a great car, fabulous shoes, even a bit of security and some creature comforts, but it cannot fix a broken relationship, or cure loneliness, and the “happiness” it brings is only fleeting and not the kind that really and truly matters. Happiness is not for sale. If you’re expecting the “stuff” you can buy to “make it better,” you will never be happy.

2. Pace Yourself

Often when we’re young, just beginning our adult journey we feel as though we have to do everything at once. We need to decide everything, plan out our lives, experience everything, get to the top, find true love, figure out our life’s purpose, and do it all at the same time.

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Slow down—don’t rush into things. Let your life unfold. Wait a bit to see where it takes you, and take time to weigh your options. Enjoy every bite of food, take time to look around you, let the other person finish their side of the conversation. Allow yourself time to think, to mull a bit.

Taking action is critical. Working towards your goals and making plans for the future is commendable and often very useful, but rushing full-speed ahead towards anything is a one-way ticket to burnout and a good way to miss your life as it passes you by.

3. You Can’t Please Everyone

“I don’t know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to please everyone” – Bill Cosby.

You don’t need everyone to agree with you or even like you. It’s human nature to want to belong, to be liked, respected and valued, but not at the expense of your integrity and happiness. Other people cannot give you the validation you seek. That has to come from inside.

Speak up, stick to your guns, assert yourself when you need to, demand respect, stay true to your values.

4. Your Health Is Your Most Valuable Asset

Health is an invaluable treasure—always appreciate, nurture, and protect it. Good health is often wasted on the young before they have a chance to appreciate it for what it’s worth.

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We tend to take our good health for granted, because it’s just there. We don’t have to worry about it, so we don’t really pay attention to it… until we have to.

Heart disease, bone density, stroke, many cancers—the list of many largely preventable diseases is long, so take care of your health now, or you’ll regret it later on.

5. You Don’t Always Get What You Want

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

No matter how carefully you plan and how hard you work, sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want them to… and that’s okay.

We have all of these expectations; predetermined visions of what our “ideal” life will look like, but all too often, that’s not the reality of the life we end up with. Sometimes our dreams fail and sometimes we just change our minds mid-course. Sometimes we have to flop to find the right course and sometimes we just have to try a few things before we find the right direction.

6. It’s Not All About You

You are not the epicenter of the universe. It’s very difficult to view the world from a perspective outside of your own, since we are always so focused on what’s happening in our own lives. What do I have to do today? What will this mean for me, for my career, for my life? What do I want?

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It’s normal to be intensely aware of everything that’s going on in your own life, but you need to pay as much attention to what’s happening around you, and how things affect other people in the world as you do to your own life. It helps to keep things in perspective.

7. There’s No Shame in Not Knowing

No one has it all figured out. Nobody has all the answers. There’s no shame in saying “I don’t know.” Pretending to be perfect doesn’t make you perfect. It just makes you neurotic to keep up the pretense of manufactured perfection.

We have this idea that there is some kind of stigma or shame in admitting our limitations or uncertainly, but we can’t possibly know everything. We all make mistakes and mess up occasionally. We learn as we go, that’s life.

Besides—nobody likes a know-it-all. A little vulnerability makes you human and oh so much more relatable.

8. Love Is More Than a Feeling; It’s a Choice

That burst of initial exhilaration, pulse quickening love and passion does not last long. But that doesn’t mean long-lasting love is not possible.

Love is not just a feeling; it’s a choice that you make every day. We have to choose to let annoyances pass, to forgive, to be kind, to respect, to support, to be faithful.

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Relationships take work. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s incredibly hard. It is up to us to choose how we want to act, think and speak in a relationship.

9. Perspective Is a Beautiful Thing

Typically, when we’re worried or upset, it’s because we’ve lost perspective. Everything that is happening in our lives seems so big, so important, so do or die, but in the grand picture, this single hiccup often means next to nothing.

The fight we’re having, the job we didn’t get, the real or imagined slight, the unexpected need to shift course, the thing we wanted, but didn’t get. Most of it won’t matter 20, 30, 40 years from now. It’s hard to see long term when all you know is short term, but unless it’s life-threatening, let it go, and move on.

10. Don’t Take Anything for Granted

We often don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone: that includes your health, your family and friends, your job, the money you have or think you will have tomorrow.

When you’re young, it seems that your parents will always be there, but they won’t. You think you have plenty of time to get back in touch with your old friends or spend time with new ones, but you don’t. You have the money to spend, or you think you’ll have it next month, but you might not.

Nothing in your life is not guaranteed to be there tomorrow, including those you love.

This is a hard life lesson to learn, but it may be the most important of all: Life can change in an instant. Make sure you appreciate what you have, while you still have it.

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