How to Be Welcomed as a Traveller Anywhere in the World

The one single thing you should learn to be welcomed in any country is it’s language. A desire to learn the language shows the locals your sincere desire to make authentic relationships and to get to know their country deeply and that resonates with ALL PEOPLE. And if there’s one phrase you should start with, it should, of course be “Hello!” greeted with a smile on your face.

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, former president of South Africa

So here’s how you say hello in 107 languages!

  1. Arabic – Marhaba
  2. Armenian – Barev
  3. Austrian German – gruess gott
  4. Azerbaijani – Salam
  5. Bahamas – heyello
  6. Basque – kaixo
  7. Bengali – namaskar
  8. Bhojpuri – prannam
  9. Bulgarian – zdraveite
  10. Burmese – min-ga-la-ba
  11. Burmese – mingalarbar
  12. Catalan – hola
  13. Chamorro – hafa adai
  14. Chichewa – moni bambo (To a male), moni mayi (To a female)
  15. Chinese (Cantonese) – nay ho
  16. Chinese (Mandarin) – ni hau
  17. Congo – mambo
  18. Cornish – Dydh da
  19. Croatian – boke
  20. Czech – ahoj
  21. Danish – hej
  22. Dutch – goedendag
  23. English (South African) – howzit
  24. Esperanto – saluton
  25. Finnish – hyvää päivää
  26. French – salut
  27. Gaeilge – dia duit
  28. Georgian – gamardjoba
  29. German – Tag
  30. Greek – yia sou
  31. Guarani – mbaé’chepa
  32. Gujarathi – kem che
  33. Hakka – ngi ho
  34. Hausa – Sannu
  35. Hawaiian – aloha
  36. Hebrew – shalom
  37. Hindi – namaste
  38. Hungarian – Magyar jo napot
  39. Icelandic – góðan dag
  40. Igbo – nde-ewo
  41. Indonesian bahasa – halo
  42. Italian – ciào
  43. Japanese – ohayou gozaimasu
  44. Javanese – Halo
  45. Kanien’kéha (Mohawk) – kwe kwe
  46. Kannada – namaskara
  47. Klingon – nook-neck
  48. Korean – ahn nyeong ha se yo
  49. Kurdish – choni
  50. Lao – sabaidee
  51. Latin – salve
  52. Latvian – labdien
  53. Lingala – mbote
  54. Lithuanian – laba diena
  55. Luxembourgish – MOY-en
  56. Malayalam – namaskkaram
  57. Manx (Isle of Man) – Dy bannee diu
  58. Maori – kia ora
  59. Marathi – namaskar
  60. Mongolia – sain baina uu?
  61. Nahuatl – niltze
  62. Navajo – ya’at’eeh
  63. Nepali – namaskar, kasto cha
  64. Northern German – moin moin
  65. Northern Shoto – dumelang
  66. Norwegian – hallo
  67. Occitan – Adieussiatz
  68. Odia – Namascara
  69. Oshikwanyama – wa uhala po, meme? (female), wa uhala po, tate? (male)
  70. Pashto – khe chare, salaam, as-salaamu’ alaykum
  71. Persian – salaam
  72. Polish – dzień dobry
  73. Portuguese – oi
  74. Punjabi – Sata srī akāla
  75. Quechua – Rimaykullayki, napaykullayki
  76. Romanian – salut
  77. Rumantsch – allegra
  78. Russian – zdravstvuyte
  79. Samoan – talofa
  80. Scanian – go’da
  81. Senegal – salamaleikum
  82. Serbian – zdravo
  83. Shanghainese – nong hao
  84. Sinhala – a`yubowan (ar-yu-bo-wan)
  85. Sinhala – āyubūvan
  86. Slovak – dobrý deň
  87. Slovenian – zhivyo
  88. Spanish – O-la
  89. Sundanese – Halo
  90. Swahili – jambo
  91. Swedish – hej
  92. Swiss German – grüzi
  93. Tagalog – kumusta ka
  94. Tahitian – ia orana
  95. Taiwanese – Li Ho
  96. Tamil – vanakkam
  97. Telugu – baagunnara
  98. Tetum – bondia
  99. Thai – sawa dee-ka (female), sawa dee-krap (male)
  100. Tsonga – minjhani
  101. Turkish – merhaba
  102. Ukranian – pryvit
  103. Urdu – adaab
  104. Vietnamese – xin chào
  105. Welsh (North Wales) – shwmai
  106. Yiddish – sholem aleikhem
  107. Zulu – sawubona
Did I miss a language you feel I should add on the list? Let me know by leaving a comment! Have an authentic travel experience ahead!

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