Hello in Different Languages- List| Weird Greetings

There are various kinds of weird greetings in every regions and countries. Some greetings could be funny, unique or unusual. The type of greetings that is practiced differs because of culture and tradition.

Let’s not forget that greetings are the act of social communication between individuals or group of people we meet.


Here’s Hello in different languages- list!

1) Maori Greetings

Hongi during Powhiri ceremony


Maori Greetings

Maori greetings saying “Kia Ora” (Hello)

Maori Greetings

Hongi a traditional Maori greetings in New Zealand, by pressing nose and forehead (as in picture of US airman and a Maori warrior exchanging hongi greetings during a Powhiri ceremony or welcoming ceremony).

2) Eskimo Kissing (same with Maori)

Eskimo Kissing (Greetings)

Kunik Greetings (Inuit way of greetings)

The Inuit people (Eskimo) way of greetings, is similar to Hongi greetings of Maori in New Zealand, by pressing their nose and upper lips against the cheeks or foreheads and breathing-in, as to inhale the skin or hair of the person they greet.

3) Pacifica Welcome Greetings (Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Niue and Cook Islands)

Pasifica Welcome Greetings (


Tau’olunga (Tonga Dance )

Different Pasifica greetings: “Talofa lava”; “Fakalofa lahi Atu”; “Malo e lelei”; “Ni sa bula vinaka”; “Kia orana !”

Fiji welcome greetings (

In Fiji, hello is “Bula Vinaka”.

Greetings from Samoa

The Chamorro say Hufa Vinaka, meaning hello.

4) Hawaii

Hawaii-Lei Greetings

Hawaii Airport Greetings (

Soon the visitors or friends arrive, they meet and hand a lei garlands to welcome visitors and say Aloha, which means “hello and goodbye”.

Hawaii Hula dancers, one way of greeting their guests

Micronesia or Yapese greetings

Micronesia Greetings


Micronesia Greetings (

Micronesia greetings in Yapese language greet the guest or friends with, “It was good!”

5) Jamaica Greetings

Jamaican women at the airport welcomes the visitors


Jamaica woman greeting and welcomes Prince Charles and Camilla

The Jamaican (home for ‘ ya Mon’), commonly welcome their visitors by saying ” Waapun“, meaning ‘What is happening!’
6) Ghana, Africa Greeting

Ashanti-Twi tribe welcomes their King (asedarawhoney.com)


The Ghanaian commonly greet their friends and visitor by saying ” Akwaaba” (welcome). The Twi tribes in Ghana’s way of greeting is saying : ” eh ti zain” meaning “how is your soul seeing the world? “Eyeh” meaning ‘everything’ should be the answer, which means you are happy in everything around you.

7) Botswana, Africa

Botswana Greetings

A little vumbura greetings Botswana way

In Botswana, one should greet a friend with a handshake without gripping. Momentary contact with palms and fingers; and ask each other: “How did you wake up?”

8) Mozambique Greetings


In Mozambique, they clap their hands three times before saying hello.

9) Benin, Nigeria

Snapping fingers

In Benin, they snap fingers before shaking hands as greetings, and say Nde Ewo (hello).


Benin, Nigeria Greetings:

Hausa greetings : Ina Uni (hello)


Nigers performong Yaake Dance for visitors

The Kanouri tribe shake a fist at head level and greet friends; Wooshay ! Wooshay! ( hello, hello)!

Sierra Leone

Mende woman in the village of Njama, Sierra Leone

Touching chins

Rubbing the chin of a friend or to welcome visitor, is the traditional greetings of the Mende people in Sierra Leone.


10) Germany

German Shake Hands dailymail.co.uk

The German shake hand is their polite greetings to friends they meet, and greet a simple Hallo or Guten Tag !

11) Greece

Slap at the back (well done


Back slap greetings in Greece

Slap Back

In Greece, their greeting constitutes of slapping the back of another person and saying Yeia Sas (formal greetings) or Yeia Sou (informal, especially to closest friends or relatives).

12) Italy

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy ( http://en..org/wiki/Italy)


Lanchera group dancers, Italy


In Italy, the common greetings is Ciao (informal), Salve (semi formal), or Boungiorno / Bounasera (formal).

France and European Countries

Kissing the hand of Nancy Reagan by Denis Thatcher ( husband of former UK Prime Minister Magaret Thatcher)

Kissing the hand of a Lady as a social greetings and respect according to social status of the person.



13) Romania Greetings

Romanian in Traditional costumes

The Romanians common hello or hi, is salut! salut! And when they welcome visitors or greet friends they say, ‘Bine ati venit! Bine ati vinet!‘

14) Finland Greetings



Finnish greetings

‘Hei‘, ‘Terve‘, Hyvaa huomenta/ paiva/ iltaal (formal)

Holland Greetings

Holland Greetings

Dutch Greetings : a simple “Hallo”.

Norwegian women in Amsterdam

Iceland / Faroe Island

Faroese performing folk dance wearing their national costumes


Icelandic women

Greeting of Hae (hello) the formal and simple way of greetings in Iceland.

15) Russia traditional Greetings

Russian bread and salt, traditional greetings


Russian traditional greetings

Russian traditional greetings, welcome visitors by offering “kleb da sol” (bread and salt) or “khlebosolny“: Bread is a Russian hospitality culture, bread is the most respected food in Russia and the salt symbolizes, “long friendship” as the host say in Russian; “To eat a food of salt” (together with someone).



16) Middle East

Obama shaking hands with the King of Saudi Arabia


Obama receiving a gift from King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud

Right handshake and 2 or 3 slight cheek to cheek kiss, is the traditional greetings among Saudi nationals, but of course they should be of the same genders. Or say Assalamu alaikum (Peace be upon you), and reply with Wa alaykum as-salam (And upon you be peace).


Afghanistan women

Handshake Hug greetings

Handshake-hug greetings

In Afghanistan, the usual greetings is right-handshake with friendly hug, done with the same genders.

Iran ( Persia)

Women in Persia (Iran) ( http://en..org/wiki/Iran)

In Iran a simple greeting of Salam which means (Peace, Health and Peace upon you) will do.


Turkish people


Turkish man performong the traditional dance

In Turkey just a simple ” Selam“( hello or hi), will do, as greetings as sign of respect too.

17) India


Namaste (India greeting gestures )

In India, Nepal, Cambodia and Thailand have similarity of greeting gestures. In India they greet Namaste or Pranam as sign of respect.


Anjali Mudra position ( http://en..org/wiki/A%C3%B1jali_Mudr%C4%81)


The Anjali, is a Sanskrit salutation and a “reverence gesture”, salutation and benediction, which means to honor or celebrate. And Mudra is salutation seal or seal or sign.

Pranama or Charana-sparsa (Touching feet in India culture)

Pranama or Charana-sparsa, is the touching of the feet in India cultures as sign of respect especially among children to their elders.

18) Thailand, Cambodia and Tibet

Wai gestures in Thailand (


Wai (Thailand greetings gestures)

The Thailand greeting gestures is called Wai, and say Sawat-dee (hello) or Sawat-dee kap/ kha.

Cambodia ( Sampeah)

Cambodia traditional greetings

Sampeah in Cambodia


Bhutan Greetings


Tibet women welcome tourist


Tibet Kow Tow greetings

Kow Tow, is the traditional greeting gestures in among Tibetans.


China Greeting gestures ( http://ph./images)

The China way of greeting is to hold own hand, left over right hand, raised on the chest level, as a salutation and respect, and say Ni Hao Ma (hello).


Vietnamese welcomes visitors

Laos People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR)

Lao PDR greeting gestures


Lao Culture of greetings (yeslaos.com)




A simple greeting of Chao (hello) is appropriate, and their hands like a praying gestures (same with Thai (Wai), Cambodia (Sampeah) or India’s Namaste.

19) Japanese

Japanese Bowing greeting gestures ( japan-guide.com)

The Japanese culture and traditional greetings is bowing, as a sign of respect for individual and their elders. Most of the time the bowing gesture is accompanied by saying the word Ohayo.



Korean have the same way of greeting their friends by bowing before them and say A-nyeong Haseyo (hello or good day).


20) Philippines

Putong greetings in Marunduque, Philippines

Marinduque is one region in the Philippines, where they practice the Putong or “crowning” their visitors with garlands or bouquet and say Mabuhay. The common greetings of hi and hello in the Philippines is Kumusta or Maligayang Pagdating sa Pilipinas.

Kissing hand of Elderly in the Philippines and Chamorro and some Asian cultures:

Kissing of hand of elder Chamorro


Beso-Beso (Cheek to cheek kiss)

In the Philippines the “social way” of greeting friends is the cheek to cheek kiss or commonly known as beso beso (kiss, kiss).

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