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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.

 

   

 

 

 

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

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Amis, Nataoran [ais] (Taiwan: Hualien and Fenglin.)

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

Hemanan to

general greeting

Maman ti kiso?

how are you?

 

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
Belung su? how are you?
Lawkax su general greeting in the Wenshui dialect
Lawkax kuwing reply to Lawkax su
Ya su ramas? how are you? in the Wanda dialect

 

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
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

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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. Zào sàng hào 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 Wàn sàng hào in Sichuan dialect.
晚安 wǎn ān: evening and nighttime greeting. Wàn ān:in Sichuan dialect.
你好吗? nî hâo ma: how are you?, also written 你好嗎. Lèe hào māin 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

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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
 

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

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Siraya [fos] (Taiwan.)

  Pil kot ia naoiat general greeting in the Pingpo dialect
  Pasirariuan general greeting

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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

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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

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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" or "hello older sibling")
Wari cyong greeting spoken to a younger peer (literally, "hello younger cousin" or "hello 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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