How Many Languages Can You Say “Hello” In?

1059710_old_urdu_pageThese days a lot of people are bilingual or multilingual. Even though many people aren’t, the vast majority of people know one or two words out of a multitude of languages thanks to our modern technology, and one of these words are “Hello.” Polling 15 random people online I found out that they knew how to say “Hello” in an estimated seven languages a piece. Language is one of my favorite hobbies, and so I wondered if I, indeed, also knew how to say “Hello” in at least 7 languages. Do you? Without cheating (using google, etc.) how many languages can you say “Hello” (or another formal/informal greeting that means basically the same thing) in? Here goes mine:


  1. English- Hello
  2. Chahta- Halito
  3. Greek- Gia Sou
  4. Italian- Cao
  5. Slovak- Ahoj
  6. German- Hallo
  7. Spanish- Hola
  8. French- Bonjour
  9. Chinese- Ni hao


So, 9. That’s 2 aabove what the average was, so I don’t feel all that bad. I do feel sort of upset with myself because I can’t for the life of me remember how to say hello in Swedish, which I used to know… oh well. Haha. So tell me how many languages you can say hello in!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cory
    Apr 04, 2013 @ 08:58:11

    1. English – Hello
    2. Spanish – Hola
    3. German – Hallo
    4. French – Bonjour
    5. Italian – Ciao
    6. Slovak – Ahoj
    7. Chahta – Halito

    You taught me the last two lol. I love how the Slovakians say ahoj for hello, because it’s pronounced ahoy and I feel like a sailor lol 🙂


  2. Dixie's Ranter
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 09:39:42

    oh darn, I knew Jewish/Hebrew to! lol. Wow, you know a lot! You go! haha


  3. Annamaria Bazzi
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 09:05:43

    don’t forget
    shalom — jewish
    salam alykom — arabic
    konnichiwa — japanese
    ola — portuguese
    salut — romanian
    ni hao — chinese

    you already covered french, spanish, english, and i guess that’s it for me


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