How do you say hello in your native language?

United States
November 11, 2017 6:32pm CST
In my native languages, which are Russian and Belarusian, hello would be zdravstvuyte and dobry dzien respectively. They are probably not easy to pronounce for non-native speakers. But I think pronouncing hello in Korean is even harder. If you want to say hello to someone in Korean you have to say annyeonghaseyo. I don't speak Korean, so don't know how to pronounce this word correctly. To me it sounds like I am sneezing when I try to pronounce annyeonghaseyo. I must be going bonkers. How do you say hello in your native language?
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• Peoria, Arizona
12 Nov
I normally go with Oh hey, or sup dude. Haha but of course English is my native language.
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• United States
12 Nov
These can be cool alternatives to "hello" but not everyone may like "sup dude" .
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@kobesbuddy (19625)
• East Tawas, Michigan
12 Nov
@lovebuglena Or like Fonzi, 'AAAAAAAAA!'
• Peoria, Arizona
12 Nov
@lovebuglena I even say it to my grandma haha that is just me!
@JudyEv (100832)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov
If a word or even a person's name is totally foreign to you in the sense that you've never heard it before, it is very hard to remember it at all let alone pronounce it properly.
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@marlina (62080)
• Canada
13 Nov
So true here.
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@much2say (35423)
• United States
12 Nov
Being born here, my "native" language is English . . . but I am also Japanese . . . hello is "konnichiwa".
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• United States
15 Nov
That's much easier to pronounce than the Korean word.
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@much2say (35423)
• United States
15 Nov
@lovebuglena When my kids had to test for tae kwon do, they had to learn a list of Korean words that their Master had given them. One of them was "annyeonghaseyo" . . . I told them to remember "onion - haseyo" .
• United States
15 Nov
@much2say That's an interesting way to remember it. I have to say that based on your way to remember it I was pronouncing it wrong.
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@ilocosboy (33281)
• Philippines
12 Nov
Oh my that is really hard to pronounce. I have also received some Korean greetings in my country through text. In my country you would say "magandang buhay"
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• United States
12 Nov
@ilocosboy Interesting. It always amazes me when a word in one language translates into a phrase in another language.
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@ilocosboy (33281)
• Philippines
12 Nov
that is true, always amazing.
@kobesbuddy (19625)
• East Tawas, Michigan
12 Nov
English is my native language, so that's easy enough to say, right?
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• United States
12 Nov
Hello is definitely very easy to pronounce. But why are there two Ls?
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@kobesbuddy (19625)
• East Tawas, Michigan
12 Nov
@lovebuglena To add to the confusion, of the already mixed-up, English dialect! LOL
• United States
12 Nov
@kobesbuddy I am sure English is not the only language that does this... but why include letters, in words, that are not even pronounced? Or why use one letter that sounds like another letter? Why not use that letter instead?
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@kavinitu (919)
21 Nov
I am from India. Hello means Namaste. It's very easy to say
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• United States
21 Nov
I know this one. And yes, it's easy to pronounce.
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@kavinitu (919)
21 Nov
@lovebuglena Yes it is very easy and is becoming very common just like Hello
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@youless (87137)
• Guangzhou, China
12 Nov
I am from China. Ni hao means hello in Chinese. Perhaps you know how to speak it. It is not that difficult anyway
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@youless (87137)
• Guangzhou, China
14 Nov
@lovebuglena Very good indeed
@KrauseHome (33371)
• United States
13 Nov
Well, my native language since I am from the US is Hello. I am almost 1/2 French and Hello for them is Bon Jour. It would be interesting to learn how to say Hello in various languages.
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• United States
15 Nov
Definitely, especially if people travel to different countries. The least they can do is learn how to say hello.
@allen0187 (27591)
• Philippines
12 Nov
In the Philippines, there is no direct word that translates into 'Hello' but I guess the closest one is 'Kamusta ka?' which directly translates into 'How are you?'.
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• United States
15 Nov
Hmmm... Interesting!
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@DEMI12 (590)
• Guangdong, China
14 Nov
we say nihao in China.Its easy
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@Daelii (2038)
• United States
12 Nov
Hello! I'm American, so it was easy. It is really neat to see all the other answers from the different countries!
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@marlina (62080)
• Canada
13 Nov
In French, it is simple, we say "Allo".
• United States
13 Nov
@marlina How is the letter A pronounced?
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