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How to Say Hello and Thank You in Foreign Languages

Updated on April 18, 2017
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Lena Kovadlo is a writer for various content-sharing websites. She's the author of 12 books and helps other authors publish theirs.

Knowing how to say greetings, such as Thank You and Hello, in different foreign languages is not only fun, but is also beneficial when traveling to different countries around the world. Below you will find a list of countries and how to say Thank You and Hello in their respective languages.

How to Say Hello in Foreign Languages

  • Albanian – C'kemi
  • Arabic - mArHAbAN-مرحبا
  • Armenian - Barev
  • Belarussian – Прывiтанне (Privitanne)
  • Bosnian – Hej
  • Bulgarian - Zdrasti
  • Chinese (Cantonese) -你好 (Nei Ho)
  • Chinese (Mandarin) -你好 (Nǐ Hǎo)
  • Croatian – Bok
  • Czech - Ahoj
  • Danish – Hej, God Dag
  • Dutch - Hoi, Hallo
  • Egyptian - Salaam Alekum (sulam ulakume)
  • Fijian – Bula Uro
  • Finnish – Hei, Hyvää Päivää (formal)
  • French – Allo
  • Georgian - Gamardjoba
  • German – Hallo, Guten Tag
  • Greek - Γεια σου (pronounced YAH-soo)
  • Haitian Creole – Olá
  • Hawaiian – Aloha
  • Hebrew – Shalom
  • Hindi – नमस्ते (Namaste)
  • Hungarian - Jó Napot
  • Icelandic – Hæ, Góðan Dag
  • Indonesian - Halo
  • Irish – Dia Duit
  • Italian – Ciào
  • Japanese - konnichiha
  • Kazakh - Salem
  • Korean - 안녕하세요 (Ahn Nyeong Ha Se Yo)
  • Latin - Salve
  • Latvian – labdien
  • Lithuanian - laba diena
  • Macedonian -
  • Malasyan – Selamat Datang
  • Moldovan - Boonaziwa...
  • Mongolian - sain baina uu?
  • Norwegian - Hallo
  • Polish - Witaj
  • Portuguese – Alô
  • Romanian – Salut
  • Russian – Привет (privet)
  • Samoan – Talofa (formal), Malo
  • Scottish - Howzitgaun
  • Shanghainese – Здраво (Zhdravo)
  • Spanish – Hola
  • Swahili – Jambo?
  • Swedish – Tja, Hej, God Dag
  • Swiss – Hallo, Grüezi (formal)
  • Taiwanese – Li-Ho
  • Turkish – Merhaba Selam
  • Ukrainian - Pryvit
  • Uzbek – Salom, Assalomu Alaykum (formal)
  • Vietnamese - Xin Chào

How to Say Thank You in Foreign Languages

  • Albanian - Faleminderit
  • Arabic - (shukran) شكرا
  • Armenian (eastern) - մերսի (Mersi)
  • Armenian (western) – Մերսի: (Mersee)
  • Belarussian - Дзякуй (Dziakuy)
  • Bosnian – Hvala
  • Bulgarian - Благодаря (blagodarya)
  • Chinese (Cantonese) - 多謝 (dòjeh)
  • Chinese (Mandarin) - 謝謝 [谢谢] (xièxie)
  • Croatian - Hvala
  • Czech - Dĕkuji
  • Danish – Tak
  • Egyptian - (shukrān) ﺷﻜﺮﺍﹰ
  • Fijian – Vinaka
  • Finnish - Kiitos
  • French – Merci
  • Georgian - გმადლობთ (gmadlobth)
  • German – Danke
  • Greek - Ευχαριστώ (Efharistó )
  • Haitian Creole – Mesi
  • Hawaiian – Mahalo
  • Hebrew – רב תודות (rav todot)
  • Hindi - धन्यवाद (dhanyavād)
  • Hungarian - Köszi
  • Icelandic – Takk
  • Indonesian - Makasih ya
  • Irish (gaelic) - Go raibh maith agat
  • Italian – Grazie
  • Japanese - arigatou (ありがとう)
  • Kazakh - Рахмет (Raxmet)
  • Korean - 감사합니다 (kamsahamnida)
  • Latin - Gratias tibi ago
  • Latvian – Paldies
  • Lithuanian - Dėkoju
  • Macedonian - Благодарам (Blagodaram)
  • Moldovan - Мулцумеск (mulcumesk)
  • Mongolian - Баярлалаа (Bayarlalaa)
  • Norwegian - Takk
  • Polish - Dziękuję
  • Portuguese – Obregado
  • Romanian – Mersi
  • Russian - Спасибо (Spasiba)
  • Samoan - Fa'afetai
  • Scottish (gaelic) - Tapadh leat
  • Shanghainese - 谢谢 (shiazia)
  • Spanish – Gracias
  • Swahili – Asante
  • Swedish – Tack
  • Swiss – Merci
  • Taiwanese - 多謝(to-sia)
  • Turkish – Teşekkürler
  • Ukrainian - Дякую (Diakuju)
  • Uzbek - Rahmat
  • Vietnamese - Cảm ơn ông (m), Cảm ơn bà (f)

Now that you've learned how to say Hello and Thank You, it's time to learn how to say I Love You, and I Miss You.

© 2011 Lena Kovadlo


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