Did you know that the 21st of November is World Hello Day? To celebrate, learn how to say hello in 15 languages today!
Participating in World Hello Day is as easy as saying “Hello” to ten people. But what if they don’t speak your language? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how to say “Hello” in 15 different languages, along with some etiquette tips for greeting people from different cultures.
How to Say “Hello” in 15 Languages
How to Say Hello in French
Use “salut” only for close friends and family. For everyone else, use “bonjour.” When meeting a stranger, it’s polite to shake hands . . . quickly, and with a light grip.
In other words, not like this:
Friends, family, and acquaintances may greet each other with a kiss on the cheek. However, the French are not huggers.
How to Say Hello in Spanish
Buenos días (Good morning, with morning being anytime before lunch)
Buenas tardes (Good afternoon)
Buenas noches (Good evening)
¿Qué tal? (Informal- What’s going on?)
In most Spanish-speaking cultures, it’s polite to shake hands with strangers and acquaintances you don’t know well. Between people who know each other, air-kissing is a common way for women to greet each other and for men to greet women. Men often hug.
How To Say Hello in Russian
When greeting strangers or acquaintances, shaking hands is the preferred greeting. Russians generally go for firm handshakes. Don’t shake hands over the threshhold of a door, as this is considered bad luck.
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