The Vitruvian Man

How to Say "Hello" in 15 Languages

by James Brooks | May 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

You’re out for drinks with clients and a new client from the Japanese office is there to meet you. Do you stumble over your words as you flip back through the filing cabinet to scrape together a Japanese greeting? Or are you “Johnny on the spot” and come out with a quick Konnichiwa? As a modern renaissance man, make sure it’s the latter.


Of course we don’t expect you to know how to say “Hello” in all 6,500 spoken languages just yet, but these 15 should get you well on your way.


Mandarin - The highest number of speakers in the world. This is a must.

Ni Hao


Spanish - If you don’t know this one yet, clearly you haven’t eaten enough tacos.

Hola


Hindi - After seeing Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, a trip to India was added to your bucket list.

Namaste

 

Arabic - With over 350 million speakers worldwide, you ought to know this one.

As-salām 'Alaykum


Russian - From Russia with love.

Zdravstvujte


Portuguese - The World Cup is in Brazil this year. Start brushing up on your Portuguese.

Olá

Oi (Brazil)


Japanese - Tokyo is a must on your travel list.

Konnichiwa


French - Paris, the city of love.

Salut / Bonjour


German - Prepare for your trip to Oktoberfest.

Guten Tag


Italian - Because your knowledge of Italian should extend beyond the words pizza and ravioli.

Ciao

Buongiorno


Turkish - Turkish coffee is delicious. Enough said.

Merhaba


Vietnamese - Treat yourself to a Banh Mi sandwich while learning some Vietnamese.

Chào bạn

Chao Anh (to an older male)

Chao Chi (to an older female)


Korean - Some of the best BBQ around.

Annyeonghaseyo


Irish (Gaelic) - Make sure you can speak the local tongue while you’re out visiting the Guiness factory.

Dia dhuit


Klingon - In case you ever meet a Trekkie. This will knock them off their feet.

NuqneH



15 ways to say “Hello” down, 6,485 to go. Be a modern Renaissance man and embrace the world.

 

 

 

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