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This page contains greetings in native American languages of California.

Ethnologue lists 245 languages spoken in the United States.  58 of these languages are Native American languages native to California.

There are 44 languages on this page.

 

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Achumawi [acv] (United States of America: northeastern California.)
  Tusi uwi

general greeting in Homawi dialect

     
Barbareño [boi] (United States of America: southern California near Santa Barbara.)
 

Haku

general greeting

 

Haku itšitš

general greeting spoken to a group of people

 

Yawa

general greeting

  Me'šumawiš

general greeting, "good health"

     
Cahuilla [chl] (United States of America: southern California.)
 

Miyaxwa

general greeting spoken in the Wanipiyapa dialect

 

Miyaxwen

general greeting spoken in the Qawichpameyawitcem dialect

 

Miyaxwen umon emem

general greeting spoken to a group of people in the Qawichpameyawitcem dialect

  Hiich'a' miyaxwen? how are you? in the Qawichpameyawitcem dialect
  Em miyaxwen pish em mehave't iiv'ax? how are you? in the Qawichpameyawitcem dialect
  A miyaxwen pish a mexhave ii'vax? how are you? in the Qawichpameyawitcem dialect
  Páxam welcome greeting
     
Cupeño [cup] (United States of America: southern California.)
 

Miyaxwe

general greeting

 

Ichaam

reply to Miyaxwe

 

Miyaxwenet?

how are you?

  Súlulyexem welcome greeting
     
Esselen [esq] (United States of America: Big Sur, California.)
 

Saleki atsa

general greeting

 

Saleki asatsa

morning greeting

 

Saleki itsa

afternoon greeting

 

Saleki itsu

evening greeting

 

Saleki tomanis

nighttime greeting

  Ketsapam nenipuk? where are you going?
  Iyu iyu welcome greeting
     
Gabrieliño-Fernandeño [xgf] (United States of America: southern California.)
 

Miiyu

general greeting

  Nachochan general greeting
     
Hupa [hup] (United States of America: Hoopa Valley, California.)
 

He:yung

general greeting

 

He:yung whima:lyo'

greeting spoken to a friend

 

Xwe:di whung 'a:nt'e?

how are you? spoken to one person

 

Dixwe:di wha:ne 'a:nt'e?

how are you? spoken to one person

 

Dixwe:di wha:ne 'a:noht'e?

how are you? spoken to a group of people

 

Niwho:n

reply to Dixwe:di wha:ne 'a:nt'e and Dixwe:di wha:ne 'a:noht'e

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Ineseño [inz] (United States of America: southern California.)
 

Haku

general greeting

 

Haku č'antik

greeting spoken to a friend

 

Haku tikali'?

how are you?

 

Pa kič hek'i

reply to Haku tikali'

 

Pa kič hek'i, na tikali' hi pi'?

reply to Haku tikali'

 

Pa kič hek'i nani'

reply to Pa kič hek'i, na tikali' hi pi'

     
Karok [kyh] (United States of America: northwestern California.)
 

Ayukîi

general greeting

 

Ayekwi

general greeting

 

Akich

greeting used between men

 

Huut kich?

how are you?

     
Kashaya [kju] (United States of America: California.)
  Džamáy general greeting
  Camáy general greeting
  Háy informal greeting
 

He'én s'iwa mithoni?

how are you?

 

He'én ma 'iwa?

how are you?

     
Kato [ktw] (United States of America: Laytonville California.)
 

Naanyaa kwaan

greeting to a person who is walking (literally: "you are walking around")

 

Naanyaa kwaan, naanywa kwaan

greeting to a person who is walking (literally: "you are walking, you are walking")

 

Naashai

reply to Naanyaa kwam, naanywa kwam (literally: "I am walking around")

 

Ninsaat, diishoo' shilkimut

reply to Naanyaa kwam, naanywa kwam (literally: "sit, tell me something")

     
Kawaiisu [xaw] (United States of America: Mojave Desert of California.)
  Hü'üyü tavi general daytime greeting
  Hagare'enaam? how are you?
  Hagare'enaame? how are you?
  Hagareya 'imi? how are you?
  Hü'üt reply to Hagare'enaam, Hagare'enaame, and Hagareya 'imi
  Hagarokwenaam? where are you going?
     
Kitanemuk [qe8] (United States of America: California.)
  Haimukat mümi? where are you going?
     
Kumiai [dih] (United States: southern California.  Mexico: Baja California.)
  Háawka general greeting
  Inya kwahaun general greeting
  Memeeyu tempa? how are you?
  Ehaun tempa reply to Memeeyu tempa
  Memeeyu temeyuw? how are you? spoken to a person who is standing
  Memeeyu temewaa? how are you? spoken to a person who is sitting
  Memeeyu temeyak? how are you? spoken to a person who is lying down
  Memeeyu temenyeway? how are you? spoken to a group of people
  Mamuyuth miñay? how are you?
  Ijan man maath'a reply to Mamuyuth miñay
  Ijan reply to Mamuyuth miñay
  M'am maj? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Nymsup kwahaun morning greeting
  Eehaun morning greeting
  Kwahaup welcome greeting
     
Luiseño [lui] (United States of America.) 
  Miiya general greeting in the Juaneño dialect
  Miiyu general greeting spoken to one person in the Luiseño dialect
  Miiyuyam general greeting spoken to a group in the Luiseño dialect
  Micha shu 'iiq? how are you? in the Luiseño dialect [lui-lui]
  Micha shu 'om 'iiq? how are you? in the Luiseño dialect [lui-lui]
  'Om shu looviq? how are you? in the Luiseño dialect [lui-lui]
  Poloov temet morning greeting in the Luiseño dialect
  Suláaqaxam welcome greeting in the Luiseño dialect
     
Maidu, Northeast [nmu] (United States of America: central California.)
  Heh-eh general greeting
  Hesasaka? how are you?
Yahakus reply to Hesasaka
  Hesasaka niki heskum? how are you? spoken to a friend
  Homon'di tene okoi'dom maka? greeting to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Mínk'i k'odojdi hesasaka a'de?

general greeting to a visitor from another place, literally "how are things in your land?"

     
Maidu, Valley [vmv] (United States of America: central California.)
  Hei general greeting
     
Miwok, Coast [csi] (United States of America: California.)
 

'Oppun towih?

how are you? spoken to one person

 

Katowih

reply to 'Oppun towih

 

Walli katowih

reply to 'Oppun towih

 

'Oppu mikkos towih?

how are you? spoken to two people

 

'Ostowih

reply to 'Oppu mikkos towih

 

'Oppu mikkon towih?

how are you? spoken to a group of three or more people

 

Matowih

reply to 'Oppu mikkon towih

     
Miwok, Lake [lmw] (United States of America: California.)
  ’Eméene ’áwweh morning greeting
     
Miwok, Northern Sierra [nsq] (United States of America: California.)
  Michəksəs? how are you?
  M'chəksəs? how are you?
  Kuchi achin? how are you?
  Kuchi achit reply to Michəksəs, M'chəksəs, and Kuchi achin
  Tinnə michchəs? general greeting, "what do you say?"
  Minto wəksəs? where are you going?
  Kuchi kawləpa

morning greeting (calque from English)

  Kuchi kawəələə

nighttime greeting (calque from English)

  Əəke' welcome greeting, "come in"
  Əəke' hungngeni welcome greeting, "come in and sit down"
  Əəke' nem liwaanis welcome greeting, "come, let's talk"
     
Miwok, Plains [pmw] (United States of America: California.)
  Wioh ukuh? how are you? in the valley dialect
  Wumeh? greeting spoken to a visitor in the valley dialect, "where did you come from?"
  Hiti wechin? how are you? in the Lockford dialect
  Welewasin? how are you? in the Lockford dialect
  Wəlewasin? how are you? in the Jackson Valley dialect
  Kani wəlewasit reply to Wəlewa·sin in the Jackson Valley dialect
     
Miwok, Southern Sierra [skd] (United States of America: California.)
 

Híyako'

general greeting spoken to a person arriving

  Híyanaksi

general greeting spoken to a person arriving

 

Híyakoc'i

general greeting spoken to a group of people arriving

  Híntikatun 'óppoj? how are you?
  Minitle wəksəsə? where are you going?
  Mínimi? where did you come from?
     
Mohave [mov] (United States of America: Arizona and California.)
  Kamaduu

general greeting

  Kamaduum

general greeting

 

Kwich kamaduum

general greeting

  Kuuch kamaduum general greeting
  Kamaduum midum? how are you?
  Ahotk reply to Kamaduum midum
     
Mono [mnr] (United States of America: east central California.)
 

Manahu

general greeting spoken to one person

  Manahu e boso

general greeting spoken to a friend

     
Nisenan [nsz] (United State of America: Sierra Nevada foothills of California.)
  Homoma kani uk'oji? general greeting, "where are you going?"
     
Nomlaki [nol] (United States of America: California.)
 

Weyam?

welcome greeting to a person who is arriving, literally "did you come?"

 

Weda

reply to Weyam

     
Obispeño [obi] (United States of America: southern California.)
  Hatyu

general greeting

     
Ohlone, Northern [cst] (United States of America: north central California.)
Horsé tuuxi general greeting in the Chocheño dialect of the East Bay
  'Em kaymi? how are you? in the Chocheño dialect of the East Bay
     
Ohlone, Southern [css] (United States of America: north central California.)
 

Pasip-inyi

general greeting in the Mutsun dialect

 

Misymin tuuhis

morning greeting in the Mutsun dialect

 

Misymin aruh'a

afternoon greeting in the Mutsun dialect

 

Misymin yukasyte

evening greeting in the Mutsun dialect

 

Misymin murut

nighttime greeting in the Mutsun dialect

 

Hinakahte-m?

how are you? in the Mutsun dialect

 

Miste-ka

reply to Hinakate-m in the Mutsun dialect

 

Akkuy misymin

welcome greeting in the Mutsun dialect

 

Akkuy misimpi

welcome greeting in the Mutsun dialect

 

Akkuyut misimpi

welcome greeting spoken to a group of people in the Mutsun dialect

     
Paipai [ppi] (United States: southern California.  Mexico: Baja California Norte.)
 

Awka

general greeting

 

'Awlika

reply to Awka

 

Kam'yuli

general greeting

  Kam'yuli reply to Kam'yuli
  Muh'kemi'yam? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Nyex'wahe'yam reply to Muh'kemi'yam, spoken by a person who is going home
     
Paiute, Northern [pao] (United States of America: Nevada, Oregon, and California.)
 

Tu cubin noonie

greeting spoken to a friend

 

Noonie tu cubin

reply to Tu cubin noonie

 

Iooie, iooie

reply to Noonie tu cubin

 

Mike tu cubin

greeting spoken to a friend

  Ha'oo manewun? how are you?
  Ha'oo u welcome greeting
Patwin [pwi] (United States of America: California.)
 

ʔomoy'

general greeting

  Miʔ hɛ́nɛsàj? greeting spoken to a person arriving, literally "you've come?"
  ʔo hɛnébus chu reply to Miʔ hɛ́nɛsàj, "yes, I'm here"
  Hétoka mihárasáj? where are you going?
     
Pomo, Central [poo] (United States of America: California.)
  Chamay general greeting
  Bé'ka ma mó'wan general greeting
  Siin wa ma? how are you?
  'Aa q'di reply to Siin wa ma
  'Aa q'di u'daaw reply to Siin wa ma
     
Pomo, Eastern [peb] (United States of America: California.)
  Chiin tha eh? how are you?
  Q'odii reply to Chiin tha eh
  Hah q'odii 'eh reply to Chiin tha eh
  Ma tha chiin eh? how are you?
  Xa ah q'odii' morning greeting
  Mii garrsa q'odii'eh welcome greeting spoken to one person, "I'm happy to see you"
  Gaohuum welcome greeting spoken to one person, "come in"
  Gaopiiliimae welcome greeting spoken to a group, "come in"
  Gaa'gim welcome greeting spoken to one person, "have a seat"
     
Pomo, Northern [pej] (United States of America: California.)
  Kidí mac'í general greeting
  ʔa·y ma tanaʔ general greeting spoken to one person
  ʔe· ʔa·naʔ reply to ʔa·y ma tanaʔ
  ʔa·y ma tananaʔ general greeting spoken to more than one person
  ʔe· yanaʔ reply to ʔa·y ma tananaʔ
     
Pomo, Southeastern [pom] (United States of America: California.)
  Pasip-inyi general greeting
     
Pomo, Southern [peq] (United States of America: California.)
  Pasip-inyi general greeting
     
Quechan [yum] (United States: Fort Yuma, California.)
  Kumathum general greeting
  Kawits kumathum informal greeting
  Kiyi greeting spoken by a man to a male friend
  Shiyi greeting spoken by a woman to a female friend
  Ma axot moovak? how are you?
  Axot reply to Ma axot moovak
  Axoyt'ta reply to Ma axot moovak
     
Serrano [ser] (United States of America.)
  Ava'aha general greeting
  Haminat general greeting, literally "who is it?"
  Haminat puyuuhan welcome greeting
     
Timbisha [par] (United States of America: Death Valley of California.)
  Tsao tüpuninna morning greeting, "wake up well"
  Nüü tsao hapinnusi reply to Tsao tüpuninna, "I lay well"
  Nüü tsao üppüinnusi reply to Tsao tüpuninna, "I slept well"
  Hakaniyu? how are you?
  Hakaniyun? how are you?
  Üü hakaniya püü? how are you?
  Tsawinnüh reply to Hakaniy, Hakaniyun, and Üü hakaniya püü
  Nüü tsawinnüh reply to Hakaniy, Hakaniyun, and Üü hakaniya püü
  Nüü tsao nasungkwa'anna reply to Hakaniy, Hakaniyun, and Üü hakaniya püü
  Haka nukwikkatün? how are you? informal, "what's happening?"
  Hiiyamma? how are you? informal, "what kind is it?"
  Kattü'ihantü welcome greeting, "come and sit down"
     
Tataviam [qe8] (United States of America: California.)
  Hami'kwa umi? where are you going?
     
Tübatulabal [tub] (United States of America: California.)
 

Mãi

general greeting

 

ʔ

general greeting

  Yuuwu tuuwu taal general greeting, "have a good day"
  Tu meedak morning greeting
  Tu tudaal afternoon greeting
  Tu tagaal evening and nighttime greeting
  Manaakino-pi? how are you?
     
Ute-Southern Paiute [ute] (United States of America: California, Colorado and Utah.)
 

Maik'w

general greeting

Maik

general greeting

 

Mique wush tagooven

general greeting

 

Ati'wichgusak

morning greeting

 

Ati'tog'otaváivinakwayak

afternoon greeting

 

Ati'tavayaakwiyak'

evening greeting

 

Manahóo

general greeting spoken in the Owens Valley (California) dialect

  Hagaruajɨ? how are you? in the Chemehuevi dialect
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Ventureño [veo] (United States of America: southern California.)
 

Haku

general greeting

 

Haku kiy'aliwət

general greeting to a group of people

 

Lahupwašwášətš?

how are you? to one person

 

Lahupiwašwášətš?

how are you? to a group of people

 

Lakwašwášətš

reply to Lahupwašwášətš and Lahupiwašwášətš

 

Kalaqwa'ay

reply to Lahupwašwášətš and Lahupiwašwášətš

 

Huki pałhin?

general greeting, "what are you doing?"

 

Tapí, tapí

welcome greeting to a person arriving, "come in"

     
Wailaki [wlk] (United States of America: Round Valley, California.)
 

Sukim

general greeting

 

Kaa, yeinyac

greeting spoken to a visitor

 

Nin sukkoon tcun nal koo'n

greeting spoken to a visitor

     
Washo [was] (United States: California-Nevada border.)
  Hunga mi 'heshi? how are you?
  ʔunga mi' heshi? how are you?
  Di hàmu ʔángawi reply to Hunga mi' heshi and ʔunga mi' heshi
     
Wintu [wnw] (United States of America: California.)
  Hestam? how are you?, spoken to one person
  Hestum? how are you?, spoken to one person in the Winnemem dialect
  Hestamlel? how are you?, spoken to two people
  Buham? how are you?, literally "do you live?"
  Hestam moroq sukem? how are you?
  Sukem? general greeting, "are you standing here?"
  Ho, sukeda reply to Sukem, "yes, I'm standing here"
  Sukeman general greeting, "you're standing there"
  Sukeda general greeting, "I am standing here"
  ʔomoy' general greeting in the Patwin dialect
 

Weyam?

welcome greeting to a person arriving, literally "did you come?" in the Nomlaki dialect

 

Weda

reply to Weyam in the Nomlaki dialect

     
Wiyot [wiy] (United States of America: northwestern California.)
  He'ba'lo'

general greeting

     
Yokuts [yok] (United States of America: San Joaquin Valley, California.)
  Hileu general greeting in the Chawchila (northern valley) dialect
  Hileu nen ux? general greeting in the Chawchila (northern valley) dialect, "what do you say?"
  Nen ux? general greeting in the Chawchila (northern valley) dialect, "what do you say?"
  Helo naxon dut? general greeting in the Chawchila-Hoyima dialect, "what do you say?"
  Haulen dut? general greeting in the Chawchila-Hoyima dialect, "what do you say?"
  Hiyuk? general greeting in the Choynok (southern valley) dialect
  Hille general greeting in the Chukchansi (northern valley) dialect
  Hille hille general greeting in the Chukchansi (northern valley) dialect
  Ha weta? general greeting in the Chukchansi (northern valley) dialect, "what do you say?"
  Haw'li xon' ma'? how are you? in the Chukchansi (northern valley) dialect
  Mich gayis reply to Haw'li xon' ma' in the Chukchansi (northern valley) dialect
  Hiyeuk? general greeting in the Chunut (southern valley) dialect
  Hawaan general greeting in the Dumna (northern foothill) dialect
  Mawit hide? general greeting in the Dumna (northern foothill) dialect, "where are you going?"
  Hileu ma tane? general greeting in the Dumna (northern foothill) dialect, "where are you going?"
  Hileu ma tanin? general greeting in the Dumna (northern foothill) dialect, "where are you going?"
  Hileu? general greeting in the Kings River (northern) dialect
  Ileusitenug ma? how are you? in the Nopṭinṭe (northern valley) dialect
  Insai na jo reply to Ileusitenug ma in the Nopṭinṭe (northern valley) dialect
  Meths na reply to Ileusitenug ma in the Nopṭinṭe (northern valley) dialect
  Ileugneug ma? general greeting in the Nopṭinṭe (northern valley) dialect, "what do you say?"
  Heliu? general greeting in the Palewyami dialect [yok-pos] of Poso Creek
  Heliu ma tanawi? general greeting in the Palewyami dialect [yok-pos] of Poso Creek, "where are you going?"
  Xawaxan general greeting in the Toltichi (northern foothill) dialect
  Xiw'eu ma tan'i? general greeting in the Toltichi (northern foothill) dialect, "where are you going?"
  Xiw'eu ma tan'in? general greeting in the Toltichi (northern foothill) dialect, "where are you going?"
  Hìu general greeting in the Tachi (southern valley) dialect
  Hiyeuk? general greeting in the Tachi (southern valley) dialect
  Hìek ma ta? general greeting in the Tachi (southern valley) dialect, "where are you going?"
 

Hìi

general greeting in the Tulamni dialect of Buena Vista

  Hel?

general greeting in the Tulamni dialect of Buena Vista

  Hiyeuk? general greeting in the Wakichi (southern valley) dialect
  Hite? general greeting in the Wikchamni (foothill) dialect of Tule-Kaweah
  Hide? general greeting in the Yawdanchi (foothill) dialect of Tule-Kaweah
  Hideu? general greeting in the Yawdanchi (foothill) dialect of Tule-Kaweah
  Hide ma tanaad? general greeting in the Yawdanchi (foothill) dialect of Tule-Kaweah, "where are you going?"
  Hide'e ma tanaad? general greeting in the Yawdanchi (foothill) dialect of Tule-Kaweah, "where are you going?"
  Hunai na heutad reply to Hide ma tanaad and Hide'e ma tanaad in the Yaudanchi dialect
  Hiyuk? general greeting in the Yawelmani dialect (southern valley) dialect
  Heyuk? general greeting in the Yawelmani dialect (southern valley) dialect
  Hawanic ma hawan? how are you? in the Yawelmani dialect (southern valley) dialect
  Hiyetuk ma tabanan? welcome greeting in the Yawelmani dialect (southern valley), "where have you come from?"
     
Yuki [yuk] (United States of America: northern California.)
 

'On tat

general greeting

 

Heó, heó

general greeting

     
Yurok [yur] (United States of America: northwestern California.)
 

'Ayekwi'

general greeting

 

'Oyekwi'

general greeting

 

'Oyii

general greeting

 

Hoyii

general greeting

 

Nowoh

greeting spoken by one man to another man

 

Ney

greeting spoken by one woman to another woman

 

Neyen

greeting spoken by one woman to another woman

 

Skuye'n 'u-koy

morning greeting

 

Skuye'n 'u-kechoyhl

afternoon greeting

 

Skuye'n 'we-chmey

evening greeting spoken near sunset

 

Skuye'n 'we-nahschewen

evening greeting spoken after dark

 

Kus cho' sonowo'm?

how are you? spoken to one person

 

Kus cho' sonowo'mo'w?

how are you? spoken to a group of people

 

Kus cho' sono'w?

how are you? informal, spoken by a man to another man

 

Skuy' soninepek'

reply to Kus cho' sonowo'm and Kus cho' sonowo'mo'w

 

'O'lomah

welcome greeting, "come in"

 

Iya kwe natamer

greeting spoken to a friend in the Tsurau dialect

     
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