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Reaching out to others is an inherent human quality and 'Hello' is the word most of us use to get the conversation going. Learn how to say 'Hello' in some of the most spoken languages in the world.
You've probably noticed how when someone says hello or smiles at you, your automatic reaction is to say hello or smile back. - Shawn Achor
The author of The Happiness Advantage certainly has a point. Humans are born with the natural urge and the ability to reach out to others. And, whenever we want to engage with someone, we usually begin by greeting the individual.
Nowadays, cutting across cultures and languages, the ubiquitous way of greeting a stranger or a friend, is to say 'Hello'.
The popularity of the phrase 'Hello' is such that a day dedicated to promoting dialogue, communication, and peace in the world is named World Hello Day.
According to the website of World Hello Day, this day "was begun in response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel in the Fall of 1973. Since then, World Hello Day has been observed by people in 180 countries."
The creators of World Hello Day wanted to emphasize the importance of communication, instead of force, in order to resolve conflicts. So, this day is not simply about saying 'hello', but about taking the first step in starting conversations with those around us. Hopefully, these conversations can help us listen better to each other and teach us to move past conflict through communication.
Taking part in the World Hello Day celebrations is a simple affair. An individual only has to greet ten or more people by saying 'Hello'.
While 'Hello' remains the most popular way of greeting around the world, there are similar ways of greeting people in other widely spoken languages across the world.
Let's go ahead and try them out. It can be the perfect excuse to call up or message your friends who speak these languages!
1. Mandarin: Ni hao
Mandarin is the most common language spoken in China and the most widely spoken language in the world. 'Ni hao' literally translates to 'you good'.
2. Hindi: Namaste
Namaste literally translates to 'bow I you', which can be read as 'I bow to you'.
3. Arabic: Salaam
Salaam means 'peace' in Arabic. Another word for 'hello' is marhaban, pronounced as mur-ha-ba.
4. Russian: Privyet
This is the informal way of saying 'hello', but if you are planning to talk to someone you don't know well, you might want to opt for Zdravstvujtye, pronounced as zdras-tvooy-tyeh.
5. Japanese: Konnichiwa
You can use this phrase to greet anyone in Japanese. Konnichiwa is the shorter version of a longer greeting which loosely translates to: 'How're you feeling today?'
6. Punjabi: Satsriakal
Satsriakal literally translates to 'the one beyond time (God) is real/truth'. This greeting is more popular amongst the Sikhs, while others in Punjab say namaskar, which is a variation of namaste.
7. Korean: Anyong Haseyo
Pronounced: ahn-yo ha-say-yoh
Anyong Haseyo translates to 'hope you are well'. If you want to be even more formal, you can say 'Anyeong Hasimnikka', which is pronounced as ahn-yo hash-im-nee-kah.
8. German: Hallo or Gutan Tag
Pronounced: ha-lo or gu-tun-taag
Hallo is the root word for the English 'Hello'. Gutan Tag means 'good day', where Gutan means 'good' and tag means 'day'.
9. Tamil: Vanakkam
This greeting is used as a way of showing respect to the presence of another person. It can be used both formally and informally.
10. Italian: Ciao
Interestingly, 'Ciao' is used both to greet and to say goodbye.
Now that you know how to say 'Hello' in ten different languages, go ahead and teach them to your child as well and encourage him to use them to greet his friends. And, who knows, someday, you or your child may even strike an interesting conversation with someone who is a native speaker of any of these languages. In fact, you can even ask your child to coin a word of his own to greet an alien, if at all he happens to meet one someday!
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