International Greetings

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Country or Language Formal Informal
Afrikaans Môre (morning)

Middag (afternoon)

Naand (evening), “d” sounds like “t”

Goeiendag, “n” is silent, means “good day”

Hallo
Argentina Buenos días (morning) Buenas tardes (afternoon)

Buenas noches (evening)

¡Hola!
Chile Buenos días (morning) Buenas tardes (afternoon)

Buenas noches (evening)

¡Hola!
Croatia

same as Serbian

Hallo, when answering telephone

Dobar Dan (daytime)

Dobro Vece (afternoon/evening)

Hallo, when answering telephone

Zdravo, when meeting someone

Czech

 

Dobry den

Dobry is pronounced with a long “e” at the end

Ahoj, used when greeting and leaving. Pronounced “ah-hoy”. Very casual, informal.
Denmark Hallo (telephone)

Pronounced “hello”

Goddag (in person)

Hej (hello/have a good day), when meeting someone

Pronounced “hi”

Estonia Tere, both “e”s are pronounced as a short “a”; described as
“teh-reh” with a quick rolled r (as in Spanish and Italian)
Tere, both “e”s are pronounced as a short “a”; described as
“teh-reh” with a quick rolled r (as in Spanish and Italian)
Finland Hyvää huomenta (morning)

Hyvää päivää (afternoon)

Hyvää iltaa (evening)

Hei, Finns usually answer the phone with their name and then “hei”

Terve, very informal

France

 

Allo, Bonjour …and then the name of the company, your name etc…

Enchanté(e), when meeting someone in person

Bonjour

Salut, very informal

Germany Gunten Tag

Gruss Got, used in southern regions only

Hallo
Hebrew Shalom Shalom
Hungary Jó napot kívánok Szervusz, pronounced as “servus” – “r” like in Spanish
Italy Pronto, when answering telephone

Buon giorno

Salve

Ciao, very informal

Mexico

 

Buenos días (morning) Buenas tardes (afternoon)

Buenas noches (evening)

¡Hola!
Poland Dzien’dobry (day)

Dobry wieczór (evening)

Hi
Portugal Está, when answering telephone

Como está?, when meeting someone

 

Olá
Romania Va¨ salut, used formally towards men, all times of day

Sa¨rut mâinile, used formally towards women

Buna¨ seara, used in evening (both formal and informal)

Buna¨ ziua, used during the day and into early evening

Buna¨ seara, used in evening (both formal and informal)

Russia Zdrastvuiete, when meeting someone

1) Slushaiu

2) Allo

1-2, when answering telephone, in order of formality (most formal > least formal).

Privet, very informal when meeting someone

Da, very informal when answering telephone

Serbia

same as Croatian

Hallo, when answering telephone

Dobar Dan (daytime)

Dobro Vece (afternoon/evening)

Hallo, when answering telephone

Zdravo, when meeting someone

Spain Buenos días (morning) Buenos tardas (afternoon)

Buenos noches (evening)

Dígame, when answering telephone

¡Hola!
Sweden Hej Hej
Turkey

 

Merhaba Merhaba

Selam

Selamlar (plural)

Xhosa

Native speakers unavailable. Information provided is based on resource reference material.

Molo

Molweni (plural)

Iwu, used to attract attention

Hewu, used to attract attention

Zulu

Native speakers unavailable. Information provided is based on resource reference material.

Halo Halo