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Greetings in Languages of Taiwan

台灣原住民族 問候語

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This page contains greetings in many of the languages spoken in Taiwan.

Ethnologue lists 26 languages spoken in Taiwan.

There are 21 of these languages on this page.

Mandarin Chinese is the national language, and Min Nan Chinese is spoken by about 66% of the population.

 

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Amis [ami] (Taiwan: Hualien and Taitung.)
 

Naruwan

general greeting

 

Nga'ayho

general greeting

 

Nga'ayho papacem

morning greeting

 

Nga'ayho kalahokan

afternoon greeting

 

Nga'ayho dadaya

evening greeting

 

Nga'ayho ko miso?

how are you?

 

Mama'an aca

reply to Nga'ayho ko miso

 

Nga'ayho kiso?

how are you?

 

Hay, nga'ayho

reply to Nga'ayho kiso

 

Nga'ayayto aray

reply to Hay, nga'ayho

  Kapah haw kiso? how are you?
  Hay, kapah kako

reply to Kapah haw kiso

  To kako aray

reply to Hay kapah kako

  Inabayan general greeting spoken in the Peinan dialect
     
Amis, Nataoran [ais] (Taiwan: Hualien and Fenglin.)
 

Hemanan to

general greeting

  Kapah haw kiso?

how are you?

 

Maman ti kiso?

how are you?

  Mahazatu general greeting in the Sakizaya dialect
  Malaman morning greeting in the Sakizaya dialect
  Malabok afternoon greeting in the Sakizaya dialect
  Malabi evening greeting in the Sakizaya dialect
  Mahica kiso? how are you? in the Sakizaya dialect
  Mahica, kiso yi reply to Mahica kiso in the Sakizaya dialect
  Kokay, caay to kahica kako reply to Mahica kiso yi in the Sakizaya dialect
     
Atayal [tay] (Taiwan.)
  Lokah su' general greeting
  Lokah sima kwara general greeting to a group of people
  Mziboq su' morning greeting
  Mziboq su' uzi reply to Mziboq su'
  Blaq 'nbiyn su? morning greeting ("did you sleep well?")
  Lokah su' ga? how are you?
  Aw, lokah ku' reply to Lokah su' ga
  Lokah su' sawni ga? how are you today?
  Belung su? how are you?
  Lawkah su quw? how are you? in the Mayrinax dialect
  Lawkah su 'sawni' quw? how are you today? in the Mayrinax dialect
  Lawkax su general greeting in the Wenshui dialect
  Lawkax kuwing reply to Lawkax su
  Ya su ramas? how are you? in the Wanda dialect
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Bunun [bnn] (Taiwan: east central plain.)
  Mihumisang general greeting
  Uninang reply to Mihumisang
  Mihumisang amin general greeting to a group of people
  Masihal asang general greeting
  Masihal kasu general greeting
  Masihal naupa aas? how are you?
  Masihal reply to Masihal naupa aas
  Malisihal aas? how are you?
  Minauninas ha? general greeting, "have you eaten?"
  Miqumisang general greeting in the central (Takivatan) dialect
  Miqumicang general greeting in the northern (Takitudu, Takibakha) dialects
  Masialas ha? how are you? in the Isbukun dialect
  Macial? how are you? in the Takitudu dialect
  Macialas reply to Macial
  Macial amu? how are you? in the Takitudu dialect
  Macial amin reply to Macial amu
     
Chinese, Hakka [hak] (China and Malaysia.)
  汝好 ngi ho: general greeting, also written 爾好
  你好冇 ngi ho mo: general greeting. Ngi hao mao in Huizhou dialect.
  ho: reply to 你好冇
  𠊎好 ngai ho: reply to 你好冇
  安早 an zo: morning greeting
  恁會早 an voi zo: morning greeting
  早上好 zo shàng hǎo: morning greeting
  食晝沒? siit zu mut: afternoon greeting
  食夜沒? siit ia mut: afternoon greeting
  晚上好 vān shàng hǎo: evening greeting
  晚安 vǎn ān: evening and nighttime greeting
  欢迎 fon ngiang: welcome greeting to a visitor
     
Chinese, Mandarin [cmn] (China.)
  汝好 nî hâo: general greeting. Lèe hào in Sichuan dialect.
  您好 nín hâo: general greeting
  早晨好 zâo chén hǎo: morning greeting used in the People's Republic of China
  早上好 zâo shàng hǎo: morning greeting in People's Rep. of China
  早上好 zào sàng hào: morning greeting in Sichuan dialect
  早安 zâo an: morning greeting used in Taiwan
  zâo: morning greeting used in Taiwan
  下午好 xìa wǔ hǎo: afternoon greeting used in the People's Republic of China
  午安 wǔ ān: afternoon greeting  used in Taiwan
  晚上好 wǎn shàng hǎo: evening greeting
  晚上好 wàn sàng hào: evening greeting in Sichuan dialect
  晚安 wǎn ān: evening and nighttime greeting
  晚安 wàn ān: evening and nighttime greeting in Sichuan dialect.
  你好吗? nî hâo ma: how are you?, also written 你好嗎.
  你好吗? lèe hào mā: how are you?, in the Sichuan dialect.
  您好吗? nín hâo ma: how are you?, also written 您好嗎.
  我很好 wǒ hěn hǎo: reply to 你好嗎
  hǎo: reply to 你好嗎
  你怎么样? nǐ zěnme yàng: how are you?, informal
  幸会 xìng huì: greeting used when meeting someone for the first time
  久仰 jiǔwén dàmíng: polite greeting used when meeting someone for the first time
  欢迎 huan ying: welcome greeting, also written 歡迎
  欢迎光临   huan ying guang lin: welcome greeting, also written 歡迎光臨
     
Chinese, Min Nan [nan] (China.)
  汝好 li ho: general greeting. Leu ho in Chaozhou dialect.
  汝好 li ho bo: general greeting, also written 你好嗎
 
你好吗?
lew tsue keng tsai seng: how are you? in Chaozhou dialect
 
ho ho: reply to 你好吗?
  我好,谢谢 waah ho gaam sia: reply to 汝好
  好,感谢 ho gaam sia: reply to 汝好
  好,多谢 ho do sia: informal reply to 汝好
  好無 ho bo: general greeting.  Ho mo in Chaozhou dialect
  食飽未? chiah pa bue: common greeting, literally: have you eaten?, also written 吃饱未
  吃饭了吗? tsiak pung bue: common greeting, literally: have you eaten? in Chaozhou dialect
  敖早  gau cha: morning greeting, also written 爻早
  早  cha: morning greeting. Za in Chaozhou dialect
  午安 go on: afternoon greeting
  晚安 buan on: evening and nighttime greeting
  在生 jai sen: general greeting in Chaozhou dialect
  在生樣 jai sen ion: how are you? in Chaozhou dialect
  欢迎 hua ngeng: welcome greeting in Chaozhou dialect
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Japanese [jpn] (Japan.)
  こんにちは。 konnichi wa: general greeting
  おはよう。 ohayo: morning greeting
  おはようございます ohayo gozaimasu: morning greeting
  こんばんは。 konban wa: evening greeting
  元気ですか? genki desu ka: how are you?
  お元気ですか? o genki desu ka: how are you?
  はい、 げんき です。 hai, genki desu: reply to 元気ですか and お元気ですか
  だいじょうぶ です か? daijobu desu ka: how are you?
  はい、だいじょうぶ です。 hai, daijobu desu: reply to だいじょうぶ です か
  ようこそ yokoso: welcome greeting
     
Kanakanabu [xnb] (Taiwan: Minchuan.)
  Mamanung kara kasu? how are you?
  Mamanung ku reply to Mamanung kara kasu
     
Kavalan [ckv] (Taiwan: northeast coast.)
  Nngi aisu how are you?
  Nngi aisu ni? how are you?
  Nngi aiku reply to Nngi aisu ni and Nngi aisu
  Aiku reply to Nngi aisu ni and Nngi aisu
  Semurap ta morning greeting
  Tutu ta afternoon greeting
  Rabi ta evening greeting
     
Kulon-Pazeh [uun] (Taiwan: west coast.)
  Liak sasanuwan morning greeting
  Pasurubu morning greeting
  Pasurubu lia morning greeting
  Hauiak general greeting in the Kaxabu dialect
  Isiw riak? how are you? in the Kaxabu dialect
     
Paiwan [pwn] (Taiwan.)
  Bulaibulai sun general greeting in the northern dialect
  Bulaiyan reply to Bulaibulai sun in the northern dialect
  Nasuljivat sun? how are you? in the northern dialect
  Uui, maljimalji reply to Nasuljivat sun in the northern dialect
  Tarivak? how are you? in the northern dialect
  Na tarivak sun? how are you? in the northern dialect
  Ui, na tarivak aken reply to Na tarivak sun
  Nanguangua sun? how are you? in the northern dialect
  Nanguangua a en, timun reply to Nanguangua sun in the northern dialect
  Bulabulay sun general greeting in the southern dialect
  Uui, masalu reply to Bulabulay sun in the southern dialect
  Jia'vai jia'vai general greeting in the southern dialect
  Na kenamanga sun? morning greeting in the southern dialect
  Na kincengeljanga sun? afternoon greeting in the southern dialect
  Na kaivanga sun? evening greeting in the southern dialect
  Navenala sun? how are you? in the southern dialect
  Ui, navenala ken reply to Navenala sun
  Ui, pina alevan reply to Navenala sun
  Nasarenguaq sun? how are you? in the southern dialect
  Nasarenguaq aken reply to Nasarenguaq sun in the southern dialect
  Nanguanguaq sun? how are you? in the southern dialect
  Tarivav? how are you? in the southern dialect
  'Auri sun? how are you? in the southern dialect
  Natarivak sun? how are you? in the eastern dialect
  Aianga sun? how are you? in the southeastern mountain dialect
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Puyuma [pyu] (Taiwan: eastern coast.)
  'Inava u general greeting
  'Inavayan general greeting
  Semavalran morning greeting
  Kinaladan afternoon greeting
  Marwvan evening greeting
  'Inava u diya? how are you?
  'Inava u ziya? how are you? in the Jhiben and Chulu dialects
  'Inava u dya? how are you? in the Jianhe dialect
  Inabayan? how are you? in hte Nanwang dialect
  Ai, 'inava ku reply to 'Inava u diya
  'Inava ku, layuwan reply to 'Inava u diya
  'Inava u kana walidiya? how are you? ("how have you been?")
  'Inava ku reply to 'Inava u kana walidiya
  Piya ulra meka? general greeting, "have you eaten?"
  Piya ku lra reply to Piya ulra meka, "I have eaten"
     
Rukai [dru] (Taiwan.)
  Sabau general greeting
  Sabau makanaele general greeting
  Margagi mumu general greeting
  Mabucukungasu? general greeting, "have you eaten?"
  Tua kualrengasu? morning greeting, "have you eaten breakfast?" used in the morning
  Tua kudralingasu? afternoon greeting, "have you eaten lunch?" used in the afternoon
  Tua kuaubungasu? evening greeting, "have you eaten dinner?" used in the evening
  Tikelreng musu morning greeting
  Tikdralinga musu afternoon greeting
  Tikiubunga musu evening greeting
  Aika'o ka polringao? how are you?
  Ka polringaokali reply to Aika'o ka polringao
  Muadingadingai su? how are you?
  Muadingadingadhaku kusu reply to Muadingadingai su
  Uunu muadingadingadhaku kusu reply to Muadingadingai su
  Muadringadringai so? how are you? in the eastern dialect
  Eene muadringadringa zako reply to Muadringadringai so
  Ipoyingau nyaso? how are you? in the Tona dialect
  E'e, ipoyingaw kake reply to Ipoyingaw nyaso
     
Saaroa [sxr] (Taiwan: west central mountains.)
  Mavacangi ui? how are you?
  Tam mavacangü aku reply to Mavacangi ui
     
Saisiyat [xsy] (Taiwan: western mountains.)
  So'o kayzaeh ay? how are you?
  Yako kayzaeh ay reply to So'o kayzaeh ay
  Kayzaeh ma'alo reply to So'o kayzaeh ay
  Ita saboeh kayzaeh greeting spoken to a group of people
  So'o kin minremreme' morning greeting
  Kin minremreme' morning greeting
  Minremreme' morning greeting
  Kaksiaelan afternoon greeting
  Kaksiaelan kayzaeh afternoon greeting
  Haewan kayzaeh evening greeting
  Mas hanan nighttime greeting
  So'o somini'ael ila ay? have you eaten?
  Yako ina somini'ael ila reply to So'o somini'ael ila ay
  Yako ina somi'ael ila reply to So'o somini'ael ila ay
  So'o babao ila? have you eaten?
  Yako babao ila reply to So'o babao ila
     
Siraya [fos] (Taiwan.)
  Pil kot ia naoiat general greeting in the Pingpo dialect
  Pasirariuan general greeting
     
Taroko [trv] (Taiwan.)
 

Mhowai isu

general greeting
  Embiyax su general greeting
  Krbuan morning greeting
  Kjiyanan afternoon greetiong
  Kmanan evening greeting
  Embiyax su hug? how are you?
  Embiyax ku balay reply to Embiyax su hug
  Malu su hug? how are you?
  Ye su malu? how are you? in the Tekedaya dialect
  Malu ku, mhue su reply to Ye su malu in the Tekedaya dialect
  Sndamac su bale greeting used after a long absense in the Tekedaya dialect
  Sndamac su bale duri greeting used after a long absense in the Tekedaya dialect
  Malu su haw? how are you? in the Te'uda dialect
     
Thao [ssf] (Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake.)
  Maqitan general greeting
  Pyakalinkin general greeting spoken to a specified group of people or audience (i.e., face-to-face)
  Pashtay pyakalinkin general greeting spoken to a specified group of people or audience (i.e., face-to-face)
  Yakalinkin general greeting spoken to an unspecified group of people or audience
  Makalinkin reply to Pyakalinkin and Yakalinkin
  Maqitan ihu? how are you?
  Maqitan yaku reply to Maqitan ihu
  Maqitan yaku mani, anuniza reply to Maqitan ihu
  Kiminaniza ihu? general greeting, "have you eaten?"
  Kiminaniza yaku reply to Kiminaniza ihu
  A muntua ihu? where are you going?
     
Tsou [tsu] (Taiwan: west central mountains.)
  Aveoveoyu general greeting
  Yokeoasu general greeting
  Yokeoasu o'oko reply to Yokeoasu
  Teko uhnenu? greeting, "where are you going?"
  Miko umunu? how are you?
  O'ami'o kozo reply to Miko umunu
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Yami [tao] (Taiwan: Orchid Island and Botel Tobago.)
  Akokay general greeting spoken to one person
  Akokay kamo general greeting spoken to a group of people
  Kokay general greeting spoken to one person
  Kokay kamo general greeting spoken to a group of people
  Kana ni moyab? general greeting, "have you eaten?"
  Kana ni koman? general greeting, "have you eaten?"
  Kana ni romyag? morning greeting, "have you eaten breakfast?"
  Akay kong greeting spoken to an older man (literally, "hello grandfather")
  Akes kong greeting spoken to an older woman (literally, "hello grandmother")
  Maran kong greeting spoken to an older man (literally, "hello uncle")
  Kaminan kong greeting spoken to an older woman (literally, "hello aunt")
  Kaka kong greeting spoken to an older peer  (literally, "hello older cousin/older sibling")
  Wari cyong greeting spoken to a younger peer (literally, "hello younger cousin/younger sibling")
  Anak kong greeting spoken to a child (literally, "hello child')
  Kahakey kong greeting spoken to a male friend (literally, "hello friend')
  Kavekes kong greeting spoken to a female friend (literally, "hello friend')
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