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Greetings in more than 3000 languages

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This page contains greetings in the languages listed below, which begin with the letter I.  There are 78 languages on this page.

 

   

 

 

Iaai [iai] (New Caledonia: Ouvéa and Loyalty Islands.)

  Boosuu general greeting
  Boosuu ötin general greeting spoken to a group
  Haawa e gaam? how are you? spoken to one person
  Haawa e gaabu? how are you? spoken to two people
  Haawa e gaabun? how are you? spoken to a group
  Oobut welcome greeting
  Oobut öbun hia welcome greeting

 

Iamalele [yml] (Papua New Guinea: Milne Bay Province.)

  Kaiwa general greeting

 

Iatê [fun] (Brazil: Pernambuco.)

  Aéyi general greeting in the Fulniô dialect

 

Iatmul [ian] (Papua New Guinea: East Sepik Province.)

  Mɨn apma nandinya general daytime greeting
  Apma nandinya general daytime greeting
  Apma ngan afternoon greeting
  Mɨn andamba yamɨn? where did you come from? spoken to one person
  Mbɨk andamba yambɨk? where did you come from? spoken to a group
  Andamala yimeya? where are you going? spoken to one person
  Mbɨk andamak yimbeya? where are you going? spoken to a group
  Mɨn tamba yamɨn? welcome greeting, "did you come?", spoken to one person
  Mbɨk tamba yambɨk? welcome greeting, "did you come?", spoken to a group
  Awa, an tamba yaa reply to Mbɨk tamba yambɨk

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Ibaloi [ibl] (Philippines: Benguet Province.)

  Tuwa'y davan mo? general greeting, "where are you going?"
  Mayatya agsapa morning greeting
  Mayatya maatsim afternoon greeting
  Mayatya maashim afternoon greeting
  Mayatya edavi evening greeting
  Mayatya davi evening greeting
  Toy edapo-an mo? greeting spoken to a person arriving, "where are you coming from?"
  Toy daban mo? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Ondawak shiman reply to Toy edapo-an mo and Toy daban mo

 

Iban [iba] (Malaysia and Indonesia: Sarawak and Kalimantan.)

  Tabi general greeting
  Selamat pagi general daytime greeting
  Selamat tengahari afternoon greeting
  Selamat lemai evening greeting
  Selamat malam nighttime greeting
  Nama berita? how are you?
  Nama berita nuan? how are you?
  Manah reply to Nama berita and Nama berita nuan
  Gerai nuan? how are you?
  Apa kabiki? how are you?
  Apai ini? how are you?
  Apai ku? how are you?
  Selamat datai welcome greeting
  Selamat nemuai welcome greeting

 

Ibanag [ibg] (Philippines: Isabela and Cagayan.)

  Dios nikau ta umma morning greeting
  Mapia nga umma nikau morning greeting
  Makasta nga taugnganagaw noontime greeting
  Dios nikau ta aggaw afternoon greeting
  Makasta nga aggaw afternoon greeting
  Mapia nga fuggag nikau late afternoon greeting
  Dios nikau ta fuggag late afternoon greeting
  Dios nikau ta gabi evening and nighttime greeting
  Mapia nga gabi nikau evening and nighttime greeting
  Makasta nga gabi evening and nighttime greeting
  Kunnasi ka ngana? how are you?
  Mapya gapa reply to Kunnasi ka ngana

 

Ibani [iby] (Nigeria: Rivers State.)

  Í báāmá morning greeting
  Dede ịrịá morning greeting
  Bába nighttime greeting

 

Ibatan [ivb] (Philippines: Babuyan Island.)

  Apo greeting spoken by a person approaching a house
  Inyo sawen greeting spoken to a visitor (literally, "oh, it's you!")
  Ari kamo na greeting spoken to a visitor (literally, "you're here")
Ara ka mangu? how are you?
Mapya reply to Ara ka mangu
  Dino nakayapwan nyo? greeting spoken to a person arriving, "where are you coming from?"
  Dino nagayan nyo? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Kwanan nyo? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  May ako dwadaw reply to Dino nakayapwan nyo, Dino nagayan nyo and Kwanan nyo

 

Ibibio [ibb] (Nigeria.)

  Amesiere morning greeting spoken to one person
  Amesiere nde reply to Amesiere
  Emesiere morning greeting spoken to a group of people
  Emesiere nde reply to Emesiere
  Asiere evening greeting spoken to one person
  Asiere nde reply to Asiere
  Esiere evening greeting spoken to a group of people
  Esiere nde reply to Esiere
  Aba die? how are you?
  Aba di die? how are you?
  Idem mfo? how are you?
  Idem asong reply to Idem mfo
  Amedi welcome greeting
  Mefunsy morning greeting in the Medefaidrin spirit language [1eo]
  Meyafunsy reply to Mefunsy in the Medefaidrin spirit language [1eo]

 

Icelandic [isl] (Iceland.)

  Halló general greeting
  Blessaður general greeting to a man
  Blessuð general greeting to a woman
  Komdu sæll general greeting to a man
  Komdu sæl general greeting to a woman
  Komið þið sælir general greeting to a group of men
  Komið þið sælar general greeting to a group of women
  Sæll general greeting to a man
  Sæl general greeting to a woman
  informal greeting
  Góðan daginn morning and afternoon greeting
  Góðan dag morning and afternoon greeting
  Góða kvöldið evening greeting
  Gott kvöld evening greeting
  Góða nótt nighttime greeting
  Hvað segir þú? how are you?
  Hvernig hefur þú það? how are you?
  Gott reply to Hvað segir það and Hvernig hefur þú það
  Allt gott reply to Hvað segir það and Hvernig hefur þú það
  Allt fínt reply to Hvað segir það and Hvernig hefur þú það
  Velkomin welcome greeting spoken to a man
  Velkominn welcome greeting spoken to a woman

 

Idate [idt] (East Timor.)

  Yan e lae? how are you?

 

Idi [idi] (Papua New Guinea: Western Province.)

  Mɛr ɛg morning greeting spoken to a person who is nearby
  Mɛr ɛgo morning greeting spoken to a person who is far away
  Mɛr iyebudo noontime greeting spoken to a person who is nearby
  Mɛr iyebdowao noontime greeting spoken to a person who is far away
  Mɛr kpwtewe afternoon greeting
  Mɛr kpwit evening greeting spoken to a person who is nearby
  Mɛr kpwito evening greeting spoken to a person who is far away
  Sɛbor welcome greeting

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Idoma [idu] (Nigeria.)

  À gbè hìì general greeting
  Ayinya general greeting
  Maachi morning greeting
  Maochi morning greeting in the Otukpu dialect
  Maino afternoon greeting
  Maane evening greeting
  Maone evening greeting in the Otukpu dialect
  A ba ho le? how are you?
  A gbe hii? how are you?

 

Idu-Mishmi [clk] (India: Arunachal Pradesh.)

  Nyu kaji jiji? how are you?
  Nyu pra jiji? how are you?
  Nga pra jiji reply to Nyu kaji jiji and Nyu pra jiji

 

Iduna [viv] (Papua New Guinea: Milne Bay Province.)

  Siule general greeting
  Bogi nighttime greeting
  Hami wananauna? where are you going?

 

Ife [ife] (Togo. Benin.)

  Koní morning greeting
  Kosã daytime greeting
  Kalɛ' afternoon and evening greeting
  Kútsɛ nɔní greeting to a person you saw earlier today
Kútsɔɔná greeting to a person you saw yesterday
  Kútsɛ idzɛta greeting to a person you saw three days ago
  Kútsɛ idzɛlo greeting to a person you saw more than three days ago
  Káàbɔ welcome greeting
  Kúùr welcome greeting

 

Ifugao, Batad [ifb] (Philippines: Luzon.)

  Maphod an algo general greeting
  Maphod an biggat morning greeting
  Maphod an himbatanngan afternoon greeting
  Maphod an habi evening greeting
  Immalia' greeting spoken by a person arriving at a house
  Maphod ta umali ayul reply to Immalia'
  Ngay nalpugwam? greeting spoken to a person arriving, "where are you coming from?"
  Hay umayuam? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Umuya' hidi reply to Ngay nalpugwam and Hay umayam

 

Ifugao, Mayoyao [ifu] (Philippines: Luzon.)

  Maphod an arkhaw general greeting
  Maphod an nanong mu morning greeting
  Maphod an laphin evening greeting
  Ngay umatano? how are you?
  Ngay umojom? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Immali ami greeting spoken to a person arriving at a house

 

Ifugao, Tuwali [ifk] (Philippines: Luzon.)

Mayat an biggatna morning greeting
  Maphod an biggatna morning greeting
  Mayat an himbatangan afternoon greeting
  Maphod an himbatangan afternoon greeting
  Mayat an mahdom evening greeting
  Maphod an nahdom evening greeting
  Musta ka ngay? how are you?
  Kumusta ka? how are you?
  Maphod reply to Kumusta ka
  Maphod, salamat reply to Kumusta ka
  Salamat thank you
  Munhana ak thank you
  Imaliyak greeting spoken by a person arriving at a house
  Daanay nalpuwam? greeting spoken to a person arriving, "where are you coming from?"
  Pangayam? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Pangayan yu? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Umeyak hidi reply to Daanay nalpuwam, Pangayam and Pangayan yu

 

Igala [igl] (Nigeria: Kogi State.)

  Agba general greeting
  Awa reply to Agba
  Ayagbo? how are you?
  Abele? how are you?
  Lafia reply to Ayagbo and Abele
  Olu odudu morning greeting
  Wal odudu morning greeting
  Wal odudu o morning greeting
  Wal oroka afternoon greeting
  Wal ane evening greeting
  Wal ukolo greeting spoken to a person who has been working

 

Igbo [ibo] (Nigeria.)

  Kedu general greeting
  Kwenu general greeting spoken to a group
  Ndeewo general greeting
  Nda informal greeting
  Nwadei general greeting in the Enugu dialect
  Ụṭúṭù ọma morning greeting in the Enugu dialect
  Ị bọọ morning greeting spoken to one person
  Unu abọọ morning greeting spoken to a group
  Ị bọkwaa morning greeting spoken to one person
  Unu abọkwaa morning greeting spoken to a group
  Ị tetekwe morning greeting spoken to one person
  Unu etetekwe morning greeting spoken to a group
  Ị tetego morning greeting spoken to one person
  Unu etetego morning greeting spoken to a group
  Ị kunigo morning greeting spoken to one person
  Unu ekunigo morning greeting spoken to a group
  Ị saala chi morning greeting spoken to one person
  Unu asaala chi morning greeting spoken to a group
  Chi abọkwaa? morning greeting
  Ee, chi abọọ reply to Chi abọkwaa
  Unu abọọla chi? morning greeting spoken to a group or referring to a person and their family
  Ee, anyị abọọla reply to Unu abọọla chi
  Unu afụtakwa? morning greeting spoken to a group or referring to a person and their family
  Ee, anyị afụtala reply to Unu afụtakwa
  Unu asaala chi? morning greeting spoken to a group or referring to a person and their family
  Ee, anyị asaala chi reply to Unu asaala chi
  Kedu kà ímèrè? how are you?
  Kedu ka imelu? how are you?
  Ọ di mma reply to Kedu kà ímèrè and Kedu ka imelu
  Ì bòóla chí morning greeting in the Enugu dialect
  Ì sáala chí morning greeting in the Enugu dialect
  Úbòchi óma afternoon greeting in the Enugu dialect
  Èhíhiè óma evening greeting in the Enugu dialect
  Abalí óma evening and nighttime greeting in the Enugu dialect
  Igbapele morning greeting in the Ohafia dialect
  Nnawo morning greeting in the Ohafia dialect
Nnantu reply to Nnawo
  Ézigbo ùtútù morning greeting in the Unubi dialect
  Ézigbo úbòsi reply to Ézigbo ùtútù
  Ézigbo èfífè afternoon greeting in the Unubi dialect
  Ézigbo mgbede reply to Ézigbo mgbede
  Ézigbo anyasi evening greeting in the Unubi dialect
  Ndee etu imelu? how are you? in the Awkunano dialect
  Ndiị ka emenderee? how are you? in the Ngwo dialect
  Imere eka? how are you? in the Nkanu dialect
  Odie general greeting in the Abā dialect of Awka
  Nnọọ welcome greeting
  Alụa welcome greeting
  Deeje welcome greeting spoken to a person who is travelling

 

Ignaciano [ign] (Bolivia: Beni region.)

  Picharakawa general greeting
  Picharakawa tata general greeting spoken to a man
  Picharakawa meme general greeting spoken to a woman
  Ejamikapa tata morning greeting spoken to a man
  Ejamikapa meme morning greeting spoken to a woman
  Pejamikapa tata reply to Ejamikapa tata and Ejamikapa meme spoken to a man
  Pejamikapa meme reply to Ejamikapa tata and Ejamikapa meme spoken to a woman
  Ya tipa nighttime greeting
  Coopereabipo nighttime greeting in an older (19th century) dialect

 

Ija-Zuba [vki] (Nigeria: Federal Capital Territory.)

  Ìláá morning greeting

 

Ijo [ijs] (Nigeria: Bayelsa State and Brass LGA.)

  Ado general greeting
  Tobaroa general greeting
Núa general greeting
  Ibotéi general greeting
  Ibasa morning greeting
  Nda'ni la'oku? how are you?

 

Ik [ikx] (Uganda: Karamoja.)

  Iyida general greeting spoken to one person
  Iyita general greeting spoken to a group of people
  Epida morning greeting spoken to one person
  Epita morning greeting spoken to a group of people
  Atsuo marang welcome greeting to a group of people who are arriving

 

Ikpeng [txi] (Brazil: Xingú, Mato Grosso.)

  Morengke general greeting

 

Ikposo [kpo] (Togo. Ghana.)

  Ívúà morning greeting
Ízúà afternoon and evening greeting
 

Aɖiɛ

general greeting

Á vlɛ?

how are you?

Avlɛɛ?

how are you?
 

Ɛɛ, na vlɛ

reply to Avlɛɛ

Ɛ zaa?

how are you?
  Anísɛ o welcome greeting

 

Ila [ilb] (Zambia.)

  Wabonwa general greeting spoken to one person
  Mwabonwa  general greeting spoken to a group
  Mwabuka morning greeting
  Lyebila? evening greeting (literally, "has it set?")
  Ee, lyebila reply to Lyebila (literally, "yes, it has set")
  Walibizya aze? reply to Lyebila (literally, "did you cause it to set?")
  Walibizya evening greeting (literally, "did you cause it to set?")
  Kwasiya evening greeting (literally, "it is dark"")
  Mwapona how are you?
  Waba nzi? how are you? spoken to a group

 

Ilocano [ilo] (Philippines.)

  Naimbag nga bigat morning greeting
  Naimbag a bigatyo formal morning greeting to one person, and morning greeting to a group of people
  Naimbag a bigatmo informal morning greeting
  Naimbag nga aldaw noontime greeting
  Naimbag ñga aldawyo formal noontime greeting to one person, and morning greeting to a group of people
  Naimbag ñga aldawmo informal noontime greeting
  Naimbag nga malem afternoon
  Naimbag a malemyo formal afternoon greeting to one person, and morning greeting to a group of people
  Naimbag a malemmo informal afternoon greeting
  Naimbag nga rabii evening greeting
  Naimbag a rabiiyo formal evening greeting to one person, and morning greeting to a group of people
  Naimbag a rabiim informal evening greeting

 

Kumustaka?

how are you?

  Ania ngay? how are you? informal
  Ania ti damag? how are you? informal, "what's the news?"
  Ania ti damag dita? how are you? informal, "what's the news over there?"

 

Imbongu [imo] (Papua New Guinea: Southern Highlands Province.)

 

Orombeleya?

general greeting

 

Inabaknon [abx] (Philippines: Capul Island.)

  Mahalap al'law general greeting
  Mahalap nalong morning greeting
  Mahalap amudto noontime greeting
  Mahalap kuhap afternoon greeting
  Mahalap sangom evening greeting

 

Mahalap may reply to greetings

 

Kumusta?

how are you?

  Singnga kaw tikang? greeting spoken to a person arriving, "where are you coming from?"
  Manalingnga kaw? greeting spoken to a person arriving, "where are you coming from?"
  Palingnga kaw? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Ari hamok reply to Singnga kaw tikang, Manalingnga kaw, and Palingnga kaw

 

Inakeanon [akl] (Philippines: Aklan Province, northern Panay.)

Mayad-ayad nga adlaw

general greeting

Mayad-ayad nga agahon

morning greeting

Mayad-ayad nga hapon

afternoon greeting

Mayad-ayad nga gabi-i

evening greeting

Kumusta?

how are you?

 

Kumusta ka?

how are you?

Mayad man

reply to Kumusta ka

Kamusta ka eon? how are you?
  Saeamat kimo thank you

Mayad nga adlaw

general greeting in the Ibayjanon dialect

Mayad nga agahon

morning greeting in the Ibayjanon dialect

Mayad nga hapon

afternoon greeting in the Ibayjanon dialect

Mayad nga gabi-i

evening greeting in the Ibayjanon dialect

Musta eon? how are you? in the Ibayjanon dialect

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Indonesian [ind] (Indonesia and Suriname.)

  Selamat general greeting
  Selamat siang general greeting
  Selamat pagi morning greeting
  Selamat sore afternoon greeting
  Selamat malam evening greeting
  Selamat datang welcome greeting
  Salam general greeting
  Apa kabar? how are you?
  Kabar baik reply to Apa kabar
  Sudah sarapan? morning greeting, literally: "have you eaten breakfast yet?"
  Sudah reply to Sudah sarapan
  Hai informal greeting
  'Met pagi informal morning greeting used in Jakarta
  'Met malam informal evening greeting used in Jakarta

 

Indonesian, Peranakan [pea] (Indonesia: Java.)

Selamat siang general greeting
Selamat pagi morning greeting
Apa kabair? how are you?
Kabair baik reply to Apa kabair

 

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'

 

Inga [inb] (Colombia.)

  Puangi general greeting spoken to one person in the Alto Putumayo and Medio Putumayo dialects
  Puangichi general greeting spoken to a group of people in the Alto and Medio Putumayo dialects
  Allisia reply to Puangi and Puangichi in the Alto Putumayo dialect
  Allilla reply to Puangi and Puangichi in the Medio Putumayo dialect
  Saludulla general greeting in the Alto Putumayo dialect
Chasnalla general greeting in the Medio Putumayo dialect
  Allisiapuangi reply to Puangi and Puangichi spoken by close friends in the Alto Putumayo dialect
  Pakaripuangi morning greeting spoken to one person in the Ingano and Aponte dialects
Chasna reply to Pakaripuangi in the Ingano and Aponte dialects
  Alli mas pakaripuangi morning greeting spoken to one person in the Aponte dialect
  Alli mas chisiapuangi afternoon and evening greeting spoken to one person in the Aponte dialect
  Imasataka pakaripuangi? morning greeting spoken to one person in the Ingano and Aponte dialects (older form)
  Pakaripuangichi morning greeting spoken to a group of people in the Ingano and Aponte dialects
  Chisiapuangi afternoon and evening greeting spoken to one person in the Ingano and Aponte dialects
  Chisiapuangichi afternoon and evening greeting spoken to a group of people in Ingano and Aponte dialects
  Tutaiapuangi nighttime greeting spoken to one person in the Ingano and Aponte dialects
  Alli mas tutaiapuangi nighttime greeting spoken to one person
  Tutaiapuangichi nighttime greeting spoken to a group of people in the Ingano and Aponte dialects
  Allintaduchu kangi? how are you?
  Imasataka kangi? how are you?
  Allillami kani reply to Imasataka kangi
  Cam saludolla? how are you?
  Nuca saludolla reply to Cam saludolla
  Allillachu kapuangi? how are you? in an older dialect, no longer used
  Caripuange general greeting in an older (19th century) dialect
  Allilla reply to Caripuange

 

Ingrian [izh] (Russia: Saint Petersberg Oblast.)

  Tere general greeting
  Draastui general greeting
 

Hüvvää päivää

general daytime greeting
 

Hüvvää hoomuust

morning greeting
  Hüvvää iltaa evening greeting
  Hüvvää öötä nighttime greeting
  Tere päivä general daytime greeting
  Tere hoomikko morning greeting
  Tere hoomnikko morning greeting
  Tere ilta evening greeting

 

Ingush [inh] (Russia: Chechen Ingushetia.)

  Моаршал да хьога moarshal da hoga: general greeting to one person
  Моаршал да шуга moarshal da shuga: general greeting to a group of people
  Ди дика хилда хьа di dika hilda hwa: general greeting to one person
  Хьа а хилда ди дика hwa a hilda di dika: reply to Ди дика хилда хьа
  Ассаламу іалайкум assalamu yalaikum: general greeting
  Ва іалайкум салам va yalaikum salam: reply to Ассаламу іалайкум
  Салам salam: general greeting
  Iуйре дика хийла хьа wiyra dika hiyla hwa: morning greeting to one person
  Сайре дика хийла хьа saira dika hiyla hwa: evening greeting to one person
  Бийса даькъала хийла хьа biysa dakala hiyla hwa: nighttime greeting to one person
  Ди дика хилда шун di dika hilda shun: general greeting to a group of people
  Iуйре дика хийла шун wiyra dika hiyla shun: morning greeting to a group of people
Сайре дика хийла шун saira dika hiyla shun: evening greeting to a group of people
  Бийса даькъала хийла шун biysa dakala xiyla shun: nighttime greeting to a group of people
  Фу деш да шо? fu desh da sho: how are you?

 

Inoke-Yate [ino] (Papua New Guinea: Okapa District, Eastern Highlands Province.)

  Veseho general greeting
  Napo veseho general greeting
  Natene morning greeting
  Unene afternoon greeting
  Hani inege evening greeting

 

Mai'nape?

how are you?
  Ne'a'afe? how are you?

 

Inonhan [loc] (Philippines.)

  Mayad nga adlaw general daytime greeting

 

Inor [ior] (Ethiopia: West Gurage Region.)

  Bōgärēt general greeting in the Ennemor dialect
  Wägem morning greeting in the Ennemor dialect
  Wägemaxu morning greeting in the Ennemor dialect
  Wägemaxä morning greeting in the Ennemor dialect
  Wäxe ne'äxä? morning greeting in the Ennemor dialect
  Ätaxä ne'äxä? morning greeting in the Ennemor dialect
  Bōgēm reply to Wäxe ne'äxä and Ätaxä ne'äxä in the Ennemor dialect
  Bōxe ne' nighttime greeting in the Ennemor dialect
  Äšäm welcome greeting spoken to a person returning from a trip in the Ennemor dialect
  Bōgärēt general greeting in the Endegeny dialect
  Wägärēt ňä'äxä morning greeting in the Endegeny dialect
  Bōgärēt nä' nighttime greeting in the Endegeny dialect
  Äššam welcome greeting spoken to a person returning from a trip in the Endegeny dialect

 

Inuinnaqtun [ikt] (Canada.)

  Ai general greeting
  Aiguuq general greeting
  Aganna general greeting in the Siglit dialect
  Atitu general greeting in the Inuvialulktum dialect
  Haluuqtuq general greeting in the Kangiryuarmiut dialect
  Uvlaami morning greeting in the Uummarmiut dialect
  Ublaami morning greeting in the Inuvialulktum dialect
  Ublaakkut morning greeting in the Kugluktuk dialect, also written ᐅᑉᓛᒃᑯᑦ
  Ublaattiaq morning greeting in the Paalirmiut dialect, also written ᐅᑉᓛᑦᑎᐊᖅ
  Ubluummaat afternoon greeting in the Kugluktuk dialect, also written ᐅᑉᓘᒻᒫᑦ
  Ublukkut afternoon greeting in the Kugluktuk dialect, also written ᐅᑉᓗᒃᑯᑦ
  Ubluttiaq afternoon greeting in the Paalirmiut dialect, also written ᐅᑉᓗᑦᑎᐊᖅ
  Unnukhattiaq evening greeting in the Paalirmiut dialect, also written ᐅᓐᓄᒃᓴᑦᑎᐊᖅ
  Unnukkut evening greeting in the Kugluktuk dialect, also written ᐅᓐᓄᒃᑯᑦ
  Qanuq itpin? how are you?  in the Inuvialulktum dialect
Nakuyumi reply to Qanuq itpin in the Inuvialulktum dialect
Nakuyumi assi reply to Qanuq itpin in the Inuvialulktum dialect
  Qanuq itpit? how are you? in the Kangiruarmiut, Siglit, and Uummarmiut dialects
  Qanuritpin? how are you? in the Kangiruarmiut dialect
  Naammaktunga reply to Qanuq itpit and Qanuritpin in the Kangiryuarmiut dialect
  Nakuyunga reply to Qanuq itpit and Qanuritpin in the Kangiryuarmiut dialect
Nakuuyumi reply to Qanuq itpit in the Siglit dialect
  Nakuuyumi assi reply to Qanuq itpit in the Siglit dialect
  Nakurunga reply to Qanuq itpit in the Uummarmiut dialect
  Qanuritpit? how are you?, spoken to one person in the Kugluktuk dialect, also written ᖃᓄᕆᑦᐱᑦ?
  Qanurinngittunga reply to Qanuritpit in the Kugluktuk dialect, also written ᖃᓄᕆᙱᑦᑐᖓ
  Qanutitpitik? how are you?, spoken to two people in the Kugluktuk dialect, also written ᖃᓄᑎᑦᐱᑎᒃ?
  Qanurinngittuguk reply to Qanuritpitik in the Kugluktuk dialect, also written ᖃᓄᕆᙱᑦᑐᒍᒃ
  Qanuritpihi? how are you?, spoken to three or more in the Kugluktuk dialect, also written ᖃᓄᕆᑦᐱᓯ?
  Qanurinngittugut reply to Qanuritpihi in the Kugluktuk dialect, also written ᖃᓄᕆᙱᑦᑐᒍᑦ
Qanuitpit? how are you?, spoken to one person in the Paallirmiut dialect, also written ᖃᓄᐃᑦᐱᑦ?
  Qanuinngitunnga reply to Qanuitpit in the Paallirmiut dialect, also written ᖃᓄᐃᙱᑦᑐᖓ
  Qanuitpitik? how are you?, spoken to two people in the Paallirimiut dialect, also written ᖃᓄᐃᑦᐱᑎᒃ?
  Qanuinngittuguk reply to Qanuitpitik in the Paallirmiut dialect, also written ᖃᓄᐃᙱᑦᑐᒍᒃ
  Qanuitpihi? how are you?, spoken to three or more in the Paallirmiut dialect, also written ᖃᓄᐃᑦᐱᓯ?
  Qanuinngittugut reply to Qanuitpihi in the Paallirmiut dialect, also written ᖃᓄᐃᙱᑦᑐᒍᑦ
  Tunngahugit welcome greeting to one person, also written ᑐᙵᓱᒋᑦ
  Tunngahugittik welcome greeting to two people, also written ᑐᙵᓱᒋᑦᑎᒃ
  Tunngahugitti welcome greeting to three or more, also written ᑐᙵᓱᒋᑦᑎ

 

Inuktitut, Eastern Canadian [ike] (Canada.)

  ᐅᓪᓛᒃᑯᑦ ullaakkut: morning greeting
  ᐅᓪᓗᒃᑯᑦ ullukkut: afternoon greeting
  ᐅᓐᓄᓴᒃᑯᑦ unnusakkut: afternoon greeting
  ᐅᓐᓄᒃᑯᑦ unnukkut: nighttime greeting
  ᖃᓄᐃᑉᐱᑦ? qanuippit: how are you? spoken to one person
  ᖃᓄᐃᙱᑦᑐᖓ qanuinngittunga: reply to ᖃᓄᐃᑉᐱᑦ
  ᖃᓄᐃᑉᐱᓯᒃ? qanuippsik: how are you? spoken to two people
  ᖃᓄᐃᙱᑦᑐᒍᒃ qanuinngittunguk: reply to ᖃᓄᐃᑉᐱᓯᒃ
  ᖃᓄᐃᑉᐱᓯ? qanuippisi: how are you? spoken to a group of three or more
  ᖃᓄᐃᙱᑦᑐᒍᑦ qanuinngittungut: reply to ᖃᓄᐃᑉᐱᓯ
  ᑐᙵᓱᒋᑦ tunngasugit: welcome greeting spoken to one person
  ᑐᙵᓱᒋᑦᓯᒃ tunngasugitsik: welcome greeting spoken to two people
  ᑐᙵᓱᒋᑦᓯ tunngasugitsi: welcome greeting spoken to a group of three or more
  Atelihai general greeting
  Ainngai general greeting in the Nunavik (South Baffin) dialect
  Ai general greeting in the Nunavik (South Baffin) dialect
  Ublaakkut morning greeting in the Kivalliq dialect
  Ubluukkut afternoon greeting in the Kivalliq dialect
  Ublaatkut morning greeting in the Nattiliŋmiut dialect
  Ublutkut afternoon greeting in the Nattiliŋmiut dialect
  Unnutkut evening greeting in the Nattiliŋmiut dialect
  Qanuritpit? how are you? spoken to one person in the Nattiliŋmiut dialect
  Qanuriŋŋittuŋa reply to Qanuritpit in the Nattiliŋmiut dialect
  Qanuritpitik? how are you? spoken to two people in the Nattiliŋmiut dialect
  Qanuriŋŋittuguk reply to Qanuritpitik in the Nattiliŋmiut dialect
  Qanuritpihi? how are you? spoken to three or more in the Nattiliŋmiut dialect
  Qanuriŋŋittugut reply to Qanuritpihi in the Nattiliŋmiut dialect
  Tunŋahugit welcome greeting spoken to one person in the Nattiliŋmiut dialect
  Tunŋahugittik welcome greeting spoken to two people in the Nattiliŋmiut dialect
  Tunŋahugitti welcome greeting spoken to three or more in the Nattiliŋmiut dialect

 

Inuktitut, Greenlandic [kal] (Denmark: Greenland.)

  Inuugujoq general greeting
  Aluu general greeting to one person
  Haluu general greeting to one person
  Kutaa general greeting (from Danish)
  Aluukkut general greeting to a group of people
  Haluukkut general greeting to a group of people
  Iiguvuq general greeting in the Kalaattisit (East Greenlandic) dialect
  Haluukkit general greeting  in the Kalaattisit (East Greenlandic) dialect
Iterluarit morning greeting
  Kumoorn morning greeting (from Danish)
  Kunaat nighttime greeting (from Danish)
  Qaniippi? how are you? in the Kalaattisit (East Greenlandic) dialect
  Qaniq ippit? how are you?  in the Kalaattisit (East Greenlandic) dialect
  Ainngilarnga reply to Qaniippi
  Qanorippit? how are you? to one person in the Western Greenlandic dialect
  Qanorik? how are you? informal in the Western Greenlandic dialect
  Ajuungilatit? how are you?, literally "are you well"
  Ajunngi? how are you? informal
  Ajunng? how are you? informal
  Ajunngilaq reply to Qanorippit
  Qanorippisi? how are you? to a group of people in the Western Greenlandic dialect
  Ajunngilagut reply to Qanorippisi
  Tikilluarit welcome greeting
  Tikilluaritsi welcome greeting

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Inupiatun, North Alaska [esi] (United States of America: Alaska.)

  Uvlaalluaqtaq morning greeting
  Qaimarutin welcome greeting

 

Inupiatun, North West Alaska [esk] (United States of America: Alaska.)

  Halauġikpiñ general greeting
  Uvlaasatkun morning greeting
  Uvlaalluataq morning greeting
Unnusatkun afternoon greeting
  Unnuaqsatkun nighttime greeting
  Qanuq itpich how are you?
  Qanuġitpich how are you?
  Qanuġitpit how are you?
Nakuuyuŋa reply to Qanuq itpich, Qanuġitpich, and Qanuġitpit
  Nakuuruŋa reply to Qanuq itpich, Qanuġitpich, and Qanuġitpit
  Nakuuruŋa taikuu reply to Qanuq itpich, Qanuġitpich, and Qanuġitpit
Qaimarutin welcome greeting

 

Iowa-Oto [iow] (United States of America.)

  Ahó general greeting spoken by a man in the Iowa, Oto, and Missouria dialects
  general greeting spoken by a man in the Iowa and Oto dialects
  Ahá general greeting spoken by a woman in the Iowa and Oto dialects
  general greeting spoken by a woman in the Iowa and Oto dialects
  Darixga? how are you? in the Iowa and Oto dialects
  Hin pi ke reply to Darixga by a man
  Hin pi ki reply to Darixga by a woman
  Hau intaro general greeting in the Oto dialect

 

Ipiko [ipo] (Papua New Guinea: Gulf Province.)

 

Dihapo vaheto ne morning greeting

 

Dihao vaheto ne morning greeting
  Doho vaheto ne afternoon greeting
  Vapo vaheto paine nighttime greeting
  Aego imi ama? welcome greeting, "why have you come?"
  Aini amo ta hariki mate reply, "I came to see you"

 

Ipili [ipi] (Papua New Guinea: Enga Province.)

  Ani pele general greeting
  Ani pele pe general greeting
  Ani pele amene general greeting spoken to a friend

 

Iquito [iqu] (Peru.)

  Suhuátetí general greeting
  Suhuáte reply to Suhuátetí

 

Iranun [ill] (Philippines: Mindanao. Malaysia: Sabah.)

  Assalamu alaikum general greeting
  Antuna abar? how are you?
  Mapia reply to Antuna abar
  Antuna abar ka? how are you?
  Antuna e abar? how are you?
  Inguma kanu welcome greeting
  Dadseg kanu welcome greeting

 

Iraqw [irk] (Tanzania: Mbulu District.)

Saitaa general greeting
  Laugute morning greeting
  Sayuu reply to Laugute and Saitaa
  Lautsindo evening greeting
  Saitaa lari evening greeting
Idomaa greeting spoken to someone you have already greeted earlier in the same day
  Idori reply to Idomaa
  Baba lawai greeting spoken to an older man
  Ai lawai greeting spoken to an older woman

 

Iraya [iry] (Philippines: Mindoro.)

Anta general greeting spoken to a man
  Ayna general greeting spoken to a woman
  Andaw general greeting spoken to a group of people
  Tu'an greeting spoken to a male friend
  Ta greeting spoken to a man you don't know
  Ya greeting spoken to a woman you don't know

 

Irish [gle] (Ireland and United Kingdom.)

Haileo general greeting
Dia dhuit general greeting, literally "God be with you"
Dia dhaoibh general greeting spoken to a group, literally "God be with you"
Dia is Muire dhuit general greeting, reply to Dia dhuit, literally "God and Mary be with you"
Go mbeannaí Dia duit general greeting, literally "May God bless you"
Go mbeannaí Dia is Muire duit general greeting, reply to Go mbeannaí Dia duit, literally "May God and Mary bless you"
Maidin mhaith morning greeting
Dia dhuit ar maidin morning greeting
Dia dhuit tráthnóna afternoon and evening greeting
Conas atá tú? how are you?
Go mhaith reply to Conas atá tú
Cén chaoi a bhfuil tú? how are you? spoken to one person in the Connacht dialect
Cén chaoi a bhfuil sib? how are you? spoken to a group in the Connacht dialect
Ce chuil tú? how are you? spoken to one person in the Connacht dialect
Ce chuil sib? how are you? spoken to a group in the Connacht dialect
Con'as tá? how are you? in the Leinster dialect
Con's tá? how are you? in the Leinster dialect
Conas taoi? how are you? spoken to one person in the Muster dialect
Conas táthaoi? how are you? spoken to a group in the Muster dialect
Conas tánn tú? how are you? spoken to one person in the Muster dialect
Conas tánn sibh? how are you? spoken to a group in the Muster dialect
Cad é mar atá tú? how are you? spoken to one person in the Ulster dialect
Caidé mar atá tú? how are you? spoken to one person in the Ulster dialect
Goidé mar atá tú? how are you? spoken to one person in the Ulster dialect
Cad é mar atá sibh? how are you? spoken to a group in the Ulster dialect
Caidé mar atá sibh? how are you? spoken to a group in the Ulster dialect
Goidé mar atá sibh? how are you? spoken to a group in the Ulster dialect
Goidé mar tá tu? how are you? spoken to one person in the Donegal dialect
Goidé mar tá sibh? how are you? spoken to a group in the Donegal dialect
Fàilte welcome greeting

 

Isanzu [isn] (Tanzania: Iramba District.)

Mbii general greeting
  Izaa du reply to Mbii

 

Isekiri [its] (Nigeria: delta region.)

Doh general greeting
  Dele unu di? how are you?
  Nwani o welcome greeting

 

Ishkashimi [isk] (Afghanistan and Tajikistan.)

As-salam alaikum general greeting
Alaikum as-salam reply to As-salam alaikum
  Yo ali madat general greeting used by Ismailis

 

Isinai [inn] (Philippines.)

Si bijat morning greeting spoken in the Dupax dialect
  Si bijbihat morning greeting spoken in the Dupax dialect
  Mavves an bijat morning greeting spoken in the Dupax dialect
  Mavves si bijbihat morning greeting spoken in the Dupax dialect
Si ejaw general daytime greeting in the Dupax dialect
  Mavves an ejaw general daytime greeting in the Dupax dialect
  Si lawi nighttime greeting spoken in the Dupax dialect
  Mavves mu lawi nighttime greeting spoken in the Dupax dialect
  Kamosta-a? how are you? in the Dupax dialect
  Mevvesa-e reply to Kamosta-a
  Mabbet si bikat morning greeting spoken in the Bambang dialect

 

Isnag [isd] (Philippines.)

Atan na greeting spoken by a person arriving at a house
  Napiya nga algaw daytime greeting
  Napiya nga gidam afternoon greeting
  Npaiya nga gabi nighttime greeting

 

Isoko [iso] (Nigeria: Isoko LGA and Ndokwa LGA.)

Me digwa general greeting
Me ri gueh general greeting
Re do reply to Me digwa and Me ri gueh

 

Istriot [ist] (Croatia: Rovinj, Bale, Galižana, and Vodnjan.)

Bon giuorno morning greeting in the Rovinj dialect
  Bona sirae evening greeting in the Rovinj dialect

 

Italian [ita] (Italy.)

Buon giorno morning greeting
Buon pomeriggio afternoon greeting
Buona sera evening greeting
Buona notte nighttime greeting
Salve informal greeting
Ciao informal greeting
Come sta? how are you?
Come stai? how are you? informal
Come va? how are you? informal
Tutto bene? how are you? informal
Bene reply to Come sta, Come va, and Tutto bene
Bene, grazie reply to Come sta, Come va, and Tutto bene
Benvenuti welcome greeting spoken to a group
Benvenuto welcome greeting spoken to a man
Benvenuta welcome greeting spoken to a woman
Benvenute welcome greeting spoken to a group of women
Ciàu informal greeting spoken in the Bellese dialect
A t salût informal greeting spoken in the Bologna dialect
Bån dé informal greeting spoken in the Bologna dialect
Saludom informal greeting spoken in the Brescian dialect
Ciao informal greeting spoken in the Fanese dialect
At salut informal greeting spoken in the Modenese dialect
Ciau informal greeting spoken in the Pugliese dialect
Bangiorne morning greeting spoken in the Putenzese dialect
At salot informal greeting spoken in the Reggiano dialect
Scciao informal greeting spoken in the Zeneize dialect

 

Itawit [itv] (Philippines: Luzon.)

Helo general greeting
Napia nga algaw general daytime greeting
Napia nga mataruk morning greeting
Napia nga giram afternoon greeting
Napia nga gabi nighttime greeting

Minya ka?

how are you?

Kunnisi ka?

how are you?

Kunnasi ka?

how are you?

Minya kamo?

how are you? spoken to more than one person

Kunnasi kamo?

how are you? spoken to more than one person

Napia nak

reply to Minya ka, Kunnisi ka and Kunnasi ka

 

Itelmen [itl] (Russia: Kamchatka.)

Торова torova: general greeting

Ӄа’т к’оԓч?

qa't k'oɬč: greeting spoken to a person who is arriving (literally: you have arrived?)

Кза к’оԓч?

kza k'oɬč: greeting spoken to a person who is arriving (literally: you have arrived?)

Э-э, тк’оԓкичэн

e-e, t'kolkichen: reply to Қа’т к’олч and Кза к’олч

Ӽэтус к’оԓч?

hhetus k'oɬč: greeting spoken to a person who is arriving
Э-э e-e: reply to Ҳэтус к’олч
  Ласт сунсч? last synsč: how are you?
  Чиэӈӄ тсунскичэн chieŋq tsunskichen: reply to Ласт сунсч

Манкэ исч?

manke isč: greeting to a person who is traveling (literally: where are you going?)

Манк пикисч?

mank pikisč: greeting to a person who is traveling (literally: where are you going?)

Туза манкэ иссх?

tuza manke isskh: greeting to a group of people (literally: where are you going?)
  Хэй ӽокэ khei hhoke: reply to Манк пикисч and Манкэ исч, "over there"
  Ӄч’эхч кэстанкэ 'ekhč kestanke: welcome greeting, "come in"

 

Itneg, Binongan [itb] (Philippines: Luzon.)

Nabalo ay wakas daytime greeting

Nabalo ay labi nighttime greeting

 

Itneg, Maeng [itt] (Philippines: Luzon.)

Nabalu ay wakas daytime greeting

Nabalu ay gidam afternoon greeting

Nabalu ay labi nighttime greeting

 

Itneg, Moyadan [ity] (Philippines: Luzon.)

Bag araoyo morning greeting
Bag aguidamyo nighttime greeting

 

Itonama [ito] (Bolivia: Beni Department.)

¿Patuahuatte? how are you?
Canomoje reply to Patuahuatte

 

Itza' [itz] (Guatemala: San José Petén.)

Te'yoos general greeting
B'ix a b'el? how are you?
Ma'lo' reply to B'ix a b'el

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Iu Mien [ium] (Laos and Thailand.)

Yiem longx general greeting
Yiem longx nyei general greeting
A'hneiv duqv buangh general greeting
Yiem longx nyei fai? how are you?
Yiem longx nyei saah? how are you?
Yiem longx nyei saqc? how are you?
Meih yiem longx nyei? how are you?
Meih longx nyei saah? how are you?
Meih longx nyei? how are you?
Longx nyei saah? how are you?
Baengh orn lungh ndorm morning greeting
Baengh orn lungh aanx afternoon greeting
Baengh orn lungh muonx evening greeting
Ov, meih daaih orh welcome greeting
A'hneiv zipv welcome greeting
A'hneiv zipv meih welcome greeting

 

Ivatan [ivv] (Philippines.)

Kapian ka pa nu Dios general greeting in the Itabayaten dialect
Kapian ka pa nu Dios aschapanderak morning greeting in the Itabayaten dialect
Kapian ka pa nu Dios aschamacuyab afternoon greeting in the Itabayaten dialect
Kapian ka pa nu Dios ascha'xep evening greeting in the Itabayaten dialect
Capian ka pa nu Dios general greeting in the Ivasayen dialect
Capian ka pa nu Dios si chamavucjas morning greeting in the Ivasayen dialect
Capian ka pa nu Dios si chamacuyab afternoon greeting in the Ivasayen dialect
Capian ka pa nu Dios si chana'jep evening greeting in the Ivasayen dialect
Ara ka mangu? how are you?
Mapya reply to Ara ka mangu
Jinu ngayan mu? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere: "where are you going?"
Jinu nangayan mu? greeting spoken to a person returning from somewhere: "where did you go?"
Dunguryaw reply to Jinu ngayan mu and Jinu nangayan mu

 

Iwaidja [ibd] (Australia: Croker Island in Northern Territory.)

Ngawu? how are you?
  Ngawu burruli? how are you?
  Ngawu nuyi? how are you?
  Burruli reply to Ngawu, Ngawu burruli, and Ngawu nuyi
  Nganduka yanngara? where are you going?

 

Iwam, Sepik [iws] (Papua New Guinea: East Sepik Province.)

Nabie kira

greeting spoken to one person

Nabie kima greeting spoken to a group of people
  Kira pinda nami? where are you going?

 

Ixcateco [ixc] (Mexico: Santa María Ixcatlán.)

Tami general greeting
Ndede tijhiri? how are you? formal
Ndede tijha? how are you? informal
Iñaná tijina   reply to Ndede tijhiri and Ndede tijha
Ha iña cuashu ñuthemi? morning greeting

 

Ixil [ixi] (Guatemala.)

Ixh pap general greeting spoken to a man
Ixh nan general greeting spoken to a woman
Ixh txaj general greeting spoken to a boy
Ixh xvaj general greeting spoken to a girl
Cha'laxh morning greeting spoken to one person
Cha'laxh pap morning greeting spoken to a man
Cha'laxh nan morning greeting spoken to a woman
Cha'laxh txaj morning greeting spoken to a boy
Cha'laxh xvaj morning greeting spoken to a girl
Cha'lexh morning greeting spoken to a group of people
Tiixen pap evening greeting spoken to a man
Tiixen nan evening greeting spoken to a woman
Tiixen txaj evening greeting spoken to a boy
Tiixen xvaj evening greeting spoken to a girl
Ma' b'a'n kuxh axh? how are you?
Ma' b'a'n kuxh axh pap? how are you? spoken to a man
Ma' b'a'n kuxh axh nan? how are you? spoken to a woman
B'a'n kuxh in reply to Ma' b'a'n kuxh axh
B'a'n kuxh in, ta'ntiixh see reply to Ma' b'a'n kuxh axh

 

Iyo [nca] (Papua New Guinea: Madang Province.)

 

Naru meté

morning greeting

  Suwo meté evening greeting

 

Izere [izr] (Nigeria: Plateau State.)

Shòù general greeting
Dàkàzha general greeting
Àkóok greeting spoken to a person working
Kàkóok greeting spoken to a person working

 

Izon [ijc] (Nigeria.)

Núa general greeting
Noaoo general greeting
Koide' general greeting
Ado general greeting
Ado o general greeting
Dolo o general greeting
Serido morning greeting
  Tegbra? how are you?
Emi oo reply to Tegbra
Ebikah baalah morning greeting in the Arogba dialect
  Tebra? how are you? in the Arogba dialect
Eyofar reply to Tobra in the Arogba dialect
Anuani welcome greeting
 
 
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