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how to say hi in different languages?

Discussion in 'Foreign Languages' started by erosennin-fin, Apr 12, 2005.

  1. erosennin-fin

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    i think'd because theres so much different nationalities, i should start this thread... so here it goes. whats hi said in your language. in finnish it is custom to say terve, hei or moi......
    and dont say konnichiwa we all know that one :laugh
     
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  2. phaos

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    ok in my language ( arabic) we say Essala Mou Alaikom , but we just say Salam ^_^
    in french u say Salut ! in italian ciao, in spanish hola! in chinese nihow
    that s all i can think about ^_^
     
  3. Konata Izumi

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    "Hei p? deg"
    Norwegian. :)
     
  4. The Space Cowboy

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    In German:
    hi = Hi
    hello = Hallo
    Good mornin = Guten Morgen
    Good afternoon = Guten Tag
    Good evening = Guten Abend
    Good night = Gute Nacht

    wow isn`t that a big difference^^
     
  6. Kaleidovision

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    Nice idea,, i'm curious what exotic ways of saying hello we're going to learn this way.

    Here's a few I know of :

    Dutch : Hallo, Hoi, Goedendag (although that's kinda stiff), Hoe gaat het?
    German : Hallo, Gutentag, Wie geht's?
    French : Bonjour, Salut, Comment ca va?

    Although there's probably many more ways of saying that in those languages...
     
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    hola (spanish)
    hej (swedish)
     
  9. Rio

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    German:
    Hallo (and the "a" is pronounced like the "o" in house or mouse)- most common, fit's in every situation
    Hall?chen, Hallihallo- kind of nonsense from hallo
    Guten Tag(/Morgen/Abend) - very formal ("Gute Nacht" is rather a good-bye phrase, you won't say that to greet someone)
    Hi, Huhu, Na?, Tag (short for guten Tag), morgen (short for guten Morgen), 'nabend (short for guten Abend)- also quite common among friends/young ppl
    (Na) Wie geht's (dir)?- how are you? (but you'll NEVER answer with the same phrase without an answer, this Englisch "How do you do?""How do you do?" is quite strange^^)
     
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    con ta bai: papiamentu(carribean language)
     
  11. Oahgneg

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    cantonese: lei hou ma
     
  12. crabman

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    i thought it was....

    lei tew puck gai lei say jo huey been ah?

    Lol, for those of you who speak it you should get it.
     
  13. erosennin-fin

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    hello=terve
    good morning=hyv?? huomenta
    good afternoon=hyv?? p?iv??
    good evening=hyv?? iltaa
    good night=hyv?? y?t?

    there isnt much difference in finland also :)
     
  14. Totesmetall

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    Hi or Hallo, that or a thing that I cant put here because the site dosnt accept language text (russian)
     
  15. Neenah

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    in danish:

    hej
    hi
     
  16. Aruarian

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    English:
    Hi, Heya, Hello, Herro, Hiiiii~

    xP
     
  17. Toshigo

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    I don't if it's been said, but

    French:Bonjour, salut, enchant?,allo that's the traditional way
    French from Quebec:Eille(eye)!!
     
  18. Asmodeus

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    Japanese: Ohayo (gozaimasu), Konnichiwa, Konbanwa, Oi
    Spanish:Hola, Buenos Dias, Buenos Tardes, Buenos Noches
    French: Bonjour
    Italian: Ciao
     
  19. Jimnast

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    Zulu: Sawubona! - Hello
    (pronounced sow u borna)
    Usaphila na? - How are you?
    (pronounced, usapeela na)
     
  20. Kakashi the Cyclops

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    I used to know it in Irish ...but I kinda forgot ... >.<
     
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    Hmm, in akkadian it would be : umum banam ... that is if it wasnt a dead language XD
     
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    Turkish.

    Hi : Selam
    What's up? : Naber?
    Good Morning : Iyi Sabahlar.
    Goodbye (In a way that you know you will meet again) : Gorusuruz!
    How are you? : Nasilsin?
    Good Night : Iyi Geceler.

    :amuse
     
  23. kaiiya

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    Well a few languages I know to say 'Hi' in are:
    Tamil: Vanakam,
    Bengali: Sunchhen
    Hindi: Namaste
    Greek: Gia
    Gaelic: Dia duit
    Welsh: Hylo

    I think I spelt them correct :blink
     
  24. SasuNaru

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    In German, oddly enough, it's "Koenne Ich seine Schwester abutschen, bitte sehr?"

    Trust me. :smile-big
     
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    hello or hi in greek: gia or giasou
    Good day or good morning:kali mera
    Good night: kali nikta
    how are you: ti kaneis?
     
  26. Arodnad the Dad

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    in scotland we tend to say the pearsons name or
    alright=hello
    haw=hi
    how ye dein=how are you
    i dont know the gailic for these but ill look it up and post it later
     
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    Are you Greek or something?
     
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    Beat me to it :amuse

    Chorba : Soup (mmm)
    Yes : Evet
    I love music! : Music'i seviyorum!

    I know bad words in Turkish too, so if anyone is interested....PM me :oh
     
  29. Kira Yamato Retired Staff

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    Hello in Creole.

    Bonjou: Good morning
    Bonswa: Good evening
     
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    in mando it is ni hao ma?
     
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