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This page contains greetings in the languages listed below, which begin with the letter J.  There are 31 languages on this page.

 

   

 

 

Jabutí [jbt] (Brazil: Rondônia.)

Türü medjü morning greeting
Adje a medjü? how are you?
Medjü re reply to Adje a medjü

 

Jah Hut [jah] (Malaysia.)

GeɁ pat Ɂimãh nin dɛh? where are you going?

 

Jahanka [jad] (Guinea. Mali. Guinea-Bissau.)

Salaamaleekum general greeting
Maleekumsalaam reply to Salaamaleekum
Kortana te? how are you? s
Tana te reply to Kortana te
Dookuwo be dii? how are you? spoken to a person who is working
Nnaka be noola reply to Dookuwo be dii
I sahoma morning greeting
Heera siita? how are you? in the morning
Heera doroŋ reply to Heera siita
Kori tanamaŋ sii? how are you? in the morning
Tana maŋ sii reply to Kori tanamaŋ sii
Heera tiliŋta afternoon greeting
Aniŋ tiliŋ afternoon greeting
Kori tanmaŋ tili? how are you? in the afternoon
Tana maŋ tili reply to Kori tanmaŋ tili
I nura evening greeting

 

Jakalteko [jac] (Guatemala: Huehuetenango Department.)

Hanik' general greeting
Amamin general greeting spoken to a man
He tz'ul reply to Amamin
Amiyay general greeting spoken to a woman
Maamin general greeting spoken by a young person to a man
Miiyay general greeting spoken by a young person  to a woman
Humna general greeting spoken to a man
Humni general greeting spoken to a woman
C'ul mama' general greeting spoken to a man in the Eastern dialect
C'ul miay general greeting spoken to a woman in the Eastern dialect
Hanik' ha wey? how are you?
  Ayexmi? general greeting spoken by a visitor at a house; "is anyone home?"
 

Ho’ ayin, okanh

welcome greeting, reply to Ayexmi

 

Jamaican Creole [jam] (Jamaica.)

  Whaapm? how are you?, "what's happening?"
  Wha a gwaan? how are you?, "what's going on?"
  Nuttin nah gwaan reply to Whaa gwaan
  Yu gud? how are you?
  Evriting aarait? how are you?
  Mi de ya reply to Yu gud and Evriting aarait
  Ah yuh dat greeting used when you haven't seen a person for a while
  Maanin morning greeting
  Gud maanin morning greeting
  Evnin evening greeting
  Gud evnin evening greeting

 

Jamamadí [jaa] (Brazil: Amazonas.)

Ifa amati? greeting spoken to a visitor, literally, "is it you?"
Ee, ifa amaoke reply to Ifa amati, "yes, it's me"
Ifa amaoke reply to Ifa amati, "it's me"
Okehara oke greeting spoken by a person who is arriving
Tikiniki reply to Okehara oke
Komofai general greeting (from Portuguese)
  Tikijomahi welcome greeting, "come in"

 

Japanese [jpn] (Japan.)

こんにちは。 konnichi wa: general greeting in standard Japanese (標準語)
おはよう。 ohayo: morning greeting in standard Japanese (標準語)
おはようございます ohayo gozaimasu: morning greeting in standard Japanese (標準語)
こんばんは。 konban wa: evening greeting in standard Japanese (標準語)
元気ですか? genki desu ka: how are you? in standard Japanese (標準語)
お元気ですか? o genki desu ka: how are you? in standard Japanese (標準語)
はい、 げんき です。 hai, genki desu: reply to 元気ですか and お元気ですか in standard Japanese (標準語)
だいじょうぶ です か? daijobu desu ka: how are you? in standard Japanese (標準語)
はい、だいじょうぶ です。 hai, daijobu desu: reply to だいじょうぶ です か in standard Japanese (標準語)
ようこそ yokoso: welcome greeting in standard Japanese (標準語)
こにちは konichiwa: informal greeting
こんちわ。 konchiwa: informal greeting
へば heba: general greeting used in Akita Ben (秋田)
まめだが? mame da ga: how are you? in Akita Ben (秋田)
まめだ。 mame da: reply to まめだが in Akita Ben (秋田)
  あら ara: general greeting in the Aomori dialect (青森)
おはようごし ohayoo goshi: morning greeting in the Aomori dialect (青森)
はええなあ waa ee na: general greeting used in Fukushima (福島)
はやいない hayai nai: morning greeting used in Fukushima (福島)
がまんしょかー gaman shokaa: general greeting used in Hachijo Hogen (八丈方言)
  がまんしょじゃ~ gaman shojaa: general greeting used in Hachijo Hogen (八丈方言)
がまんしやろか~ gaman shiyarokaa: general greeting used in Hachijo Hogen (八丈方言)
じゃ。 ziya: general greeting used in Hanamaki Ben (花巻)

じゃじゃ。

ziya ziya: general greeting used in Hanamaki Ben (花巻)
おはよござんす。 ohaya gozansu: morning greeting used in Hanamaki Ben (花巻)

お晩でがんす。

oban gozansu: evening greeting used in Hanamaki Ben (花巻)
でぇしょったんね。 deshotanne: general greeting used in Hyogo Prefecture (兵庫県)

でぇしょったんね いよいよ

deshotanne iyo iyo: greeting used in Hyogo Prefecture after a long absence (兵庫県)
でぇしょんかっさん。 deshonkassan: general greeting used in Hyogo Prefecture (兵庫県)
おはようがんす。 ohayoogansu: morning greeting in Iwate Prefecture (岩手県)
おばんでがんす。 obandegansu: evening greeting in Iwate Prefecture (岩手県)
晩じまして。 banji mashite: evening greeting used just before and after sunset in Izumo Ben (出雲)
なんがでっきょんな? nanga dekki yonna: greeting used in Kagawa Prefecture (香川弁)
なんちゃでっきょらへんがな。 nanti ya dekki yorahengana: reply to なんがでっきょんな  in Kagawa (香川弁)
でっきょるでー。 dekki yorude: reply to なんがでっきょんな in Kagawa Prefecture (香川弁)
こんちゃらごわす koncharagowasu: general greeting in the Kagoshima (鹿児島) dialect
  こんちゃらごあす。 koncharagoasu: general greeting in the Kagoshima (鹿児島) dialect
  こんちゃらござす。 koncharagozasu: general greeting in the Kagoshima (鹿児島) dialect
  こんちゃらごわした。 koncharagowashita: general greeting in the Kagoshima (鹿児島) dialect
こんちゃらごあした。 koncharagoashita: general greeting in the Kagoshima (鹿児島) dialect
こんちゃらござした 。 koncharagozashita: general greeting in the Kagoshima (鹿児島) dialect
はよさめやいもした。 hayosemeyaimoshita: morning greeting in the Kagoshima (鹿児島) dialect
よかばんな。 yokabanna: evening greeting in the Kagoshima (鹿児島) dialect
ゆくさ。 yukusa: welcome greeting in the Kagoshima (鹿児島) dialect
いくさ。 ikusa: welcome greeting in the Kagoshima (鹿児島) dialect
ゆっさ。 yukutsa: welcome greeting in the Kagoshima (鹿児島) dialect
毎度。 maido: general greeting in Kansai Ben (関西弁)
毎度おおきに。 maido ookini: general greeting in Kansai Ben (関西弁)
おは oha: morning greeting used in Kuma Ben (熊本弁)
おはようござるます ohayogozarumasu: morning greeting used in Kuma Ben (熊本弁)
おいでやす。 oideyasu: welcome greeting used in Kyoto (京都弁)
こんちは。 konchiwaa: general greeting used in the Miyagi (宮城県) dialect
はえのう wa e no: general greeting used in Miyazaki (宮崎)
ちわ~。 chiwaa: informal greeting greeting used in Miyazaki (宮崎)
やっとかめ。 yattokame: general greeting used in Nagoya (名古屋弁)
やっとかめだなも。 yattokame da namo: greeting used in Nagoya after a long absence (名古屋弁)
なじらね。 najirane: general greeting used in Niigata (新潟)
だんだんどうも。 dandan domo: general greeting used in Niigata (新潟)
ちわ~。 chiwaa: informal greeting in Osaka (大阪弁)
もうかりまっか。 moukarimakka: how are you? in Osaka, literally "how's business" (大阪弁)
おはよ〜うさん owaya usan: morning greeting in Osaka (大阪弁)
ぼちぼちでんなぁ。 bochi bochi denna: reply to もうかりまっか in Osaka (大阪弁)
いあんばいです。 i anbaidesu: general greeting in the Shizuoka dialect (静岡)
  めっかりもーさん mekkari moosan: greeting used in the Tanegashima (種子島) dialect

おはよ さま

ohaya sama: morning greeting used in Tohoku Ben (東北弁)
  こんにぢわ。 konnijiwa: general greeting used in the Yamagata (山形県) dialect

 

Jaqaru [jqr] (Peru: Yauyos.)

Amruchatxi? how are you?
Amuruchatxi? how are you?
Sha amuruchatxi? how are you? spoken by a man to a man
Pa amuruchatxi? how are you? spoken by a man to a woman
Ña amuruchatxi? how are you? spoken by a woman to a woman
Tu amuruchatxi? how are you? spoken by a woman to a man
Amruchawa reply to Amuruchatxi and Amruchatxi
Amuruchawa reply to Amuruchatxi and Amruchatxi
Qamshachawtasa? how are you?

 

Jarawa [anq] (India: Andaman Islands.)

Li dimo? how are you?

 

Javanese [jav] (Indonesia: Java.)

Sugeng siang general greeting in Krama Inggil (formal speech)
Sugeng enjang morning greeting in Krama Inggil (formal speech)
Sugeng enjing morning greeting in Krama Inggil (formal speech)
Sugeng ndalu afternoon greeting in Krama Inggil (formal speech)
Sugeng sonten evening greeting in Krama Inggil (formal speech)
Kados pundi kabaripun? how are you? spoken to a person of higher status in Krama Inggil (formal speech)
Sae kemawon, matur nuwun reply to Kados pundi kabaripun in Krama Inggil (formal speech)
Kados pundi wartosipun? how are you? spoken to a person of higher status in Krama Inggil (formal speech)
Sae kemawon reply to Kados pundi wartosipun in Krama Inggil (formal speech)
Pripun kabaripun how are you? spoken in Krama Inggil (formal speech)
Kulo sae-sae kemawon reply to Pripun kabaripun in Krama Inggil (formal speech)
Slamet general greeting in Krama Madya (semi-formal) and Ngoko (informal speech)
Dos pundi kabare? how are you? spoken to a person of lower status in Krama Madya (semi-formal speech)
Sae mawon reply to Dos pundi kabare in Krama Madya (semi-formal speech)
He informal greeting in Ngoko (informal speech)
Piye kabare? how are you? spoken to a friend in Ngoko (informal speech)
Apik-apik wae reply to Piye kabare in Ngoko (informal speech)
Apik reply to Piye kabare in Ngoko (informal speech)
Kepriben kabare? how are you? informal spoken in the Tegal dialect
Priben kabare? how are you? informal spoken in the Cirebon dialect
Yok opo kabare rek? how are you? spoken in the Surabaya dialect
Yo'opo kabare rek? how are you? spoken in the Surabaya dialect
He yo'opo kabare rek? how are you? spoken in the Surabaya dialect
Yok opo kabare awakmu rek? how are you? spoken in the Malang dialect
Sugeng rawuh welcome greeting

 

Javanese, Caribbean [jvn] (Suriname. French Guiana.)

Slamet general greeting
Slamet awan general daytime greeting
Slamet esuk morning greeting
  Slamet sore evening greeting
  Slamet bengi nighttime greeting
  Slamet wengi nighttime greeting
Assalamualaikum general greeting used by Muslims
  Piye kabare? how are you?

 

Jawe [jaz] (New Caledonia: Hienghène.) 

Bosu general greeting
  Jo hen pe? where are you going?

 

Jebero [jeb] (Peru.)

Mulli general greeting
  Mudasu'la morning greeting
  Musu' ukllinantulekwa' morning greeting
  ¿Muwichi'lan? morning greeting, "did you sleep well?"
  Musu' tamutuknantulekwa' midday greeting
  Muerwa afternoon greeting
  Musu' er'watulekwa' afternoon greeting
  Mula'su' er'watulekwa' afternoon greeting
  Musu' kasiser'chulekwa evening greeting
  ¿Ñapalama'? greeting spoken at a house, "are you there?"
  Ñapallidek reply to Ñapalama', "we are here"
  ¿Ma'pu'si? how are you?
  ¿Ma'pu'su? how are you?
  ¿Ma'pu'su ñapala? how are you?
  ¿Enñupa' pa'apilala? where are you going?
  Muwencha'la welcome greeting spoken to one person
  Muwencha'lama' welcome greeting spoken to a group
  Lli'ker'ú welcome greeting, "come visit me"

 

Jeh [jeh] (Vietnam. Laos.)

Au chiu yok mi general greeting
  Mi du gap hmeo bu way? how are you?
  Au hmeo bu way reply to Mi du gap hmeo bu way

 

Jemez [tow] (United States of America: New Mexico.)

Eshtrura general greeting to a person who is sitting
Ayempah? general greeting

 

Jere [jer] (Nigeria.)

Kukwang general greeting in the ɛKɔkɔŋ dialect of ɛBoze
  Shammoh reply to Kukwang in the ɛKɔkɔŋ dialect of ɛBoze

Nasana morning greeting in the ɛKɔkɔŋ dialect of ɛBoze
  Kukang general greeting in the ɛGoroŋ dialect of ɛBoze
  Shammo reply to Kukang in the ɛGoroŋ dialect of ɛBoze
  Kukan general greeting in the ɛFiru dialect of ɛBoze
  Shanmo reply to Kukan in the ɛFiru dialect of ɛBoze

 

Jerung [jee] (Nepal: Janakpur and Sagarmatha Zones.)

Namaskar general greeting

 

Jiarong [jya] (China: north central Sichuan.)

扎西德勒

zhaxi dele: general greeting

 

Jibu [jib] (Nigeria: Taraba State.)

  Ìsoko general greeting
  Soko general greeting

Bib kyàr morning greeting

 

Jingpho [kac] (China: West Yunnan. Myanmar: Kachin State.)

Kaisi pyaw ai manap morning greeting
Ngwi pyaw ai shani afternoon greeting
Ngwi pyaw ai shana evening greeting
Ngwi pyaw ai shana nsin nighttime greeting
Gara hku law? how are you?
Kaja nga, ngai reply to Gara hku law
Kaja nga ai i? how are you?
Hkam kaja ai i? how are you?
Kaja ai i? how are you?
Kaja ai reply to Kaja nga ai i and Kaja ai i

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Jinuo [jiu] (China: Yunnan.)

脑墨 naomo: general greeting

 

Jita [jit] (Tanzania: Lake Victoria.)

Waongela morning greeting
Naongela reply to Waongela
Lyagwa evening greeting

 

Jola-Felupe [eja] (Guinea-Bissau and Senegal.)

Kasumay general greeting
Kasumay keb reply to Kasumay
  Kati sindey? how are you?, "how is your house?"
  Kokubo reply to Kati sindey

 

Jola-Fonyi [dyo] (Senegal.)

Safi general greeting to one person
Saful general greeting to a group of people
Kasumay general greeting
Kasumay kep reply to Kasumay
  Kat sinday? how are you?, "how is your house?"
  Kuokubo reply to Kat sinday

 

Jola-Kasa [csk] (Senegal. Gambia.)

Safi general greeting to one person
Saful general greeting to a group of people
Masumai reply to Safi
Kasumay general greeting and reply to Masumay
  Kasumay kép reply to Kasumay
  Kasumay baré reply to Kasumay
  Kati sinde? how are you?, "how is your house?"
  Kokobo reply to Kati sinde
  Kata bolul? how are you?, "how is your house?"
  Kombo tubo reply to Kata bolul
  Bu nu kane? how are you?
  Nje ome reply to Bu nu kane

 

Judeo-Italian [itk] (Italy.)

Scialom general greeting
Bon di daytime greeting
Bonasera afternoon and evening greeting
  Baruch abba welcome greeting
  Benvenuto welcome greeting spoken to a man
  Benvenuta welcome greeting spoken to a woman

 

Judeo-Tat [jdt] (Russia and Israel.)

Рузэ хэир бу ruze heir bu: general greeting
Шолум sholum: general greeting
Сэбэхъэ хэир бу sebehe heir bu: morning greeting
Шэвэ хэир бу sheve heir bu: evening greeting
Чуь хабэри? chu haberi: how are you?
Согъбоши, хуби sogboshi hubi: reply to Чуь хабэри
Чуьтами туь? chutami tu: how are you?
Хош омори hosh omori: welcome greeting
Хош оморит hosh omorit: welcome greeting
Согъбоши sogboshi: reply to Хошомори and Хош оморит

 

Ju|'hoan [ktz] (Namibia: northeastern region.)

≠Xáí o general greeting
≠Xáí general greeting
Tuwa morning greeting
  G||àán afternoon greeting
A baah ≠xai how are you?
A re ko hatcé? how are you?
!Ka tseya? how are you? spoken to a man
!Ka tsiya? how are you? spoken to a woman

 

Jukum Takum [jbu] (Cameroon and Nigeria.)

Sannú general greeting in the Takum dialect
Mgbá gye morning greeting in the Takum dialect
Mgbá gyebú ten morning greeting in the Takum dialect
Sannubú ten morning greeting in the Takum dialect
Sá ni ba diri?  how are you? in the Takum dialect
  Sá shin ba di?  how are you? in the Takum dialect
Toóbáa reply to Sá ni ba diri and Sá shin ba di

 

Jula [dyu] (Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire.)

I dansi general greeting used in Burkina Faso
Am baa reply to I dansi used by men
Am séé reply to I dansi used by women
Dansi general greeting used in Côte d'Ivoire
I ni sogoma morning greeting used in Côte d'Ivoire
I ni tilé noontime and afternoon greeting used in Côte d'Ivoire
I ni wula evening greeting used in Côte d'Ivoire
N'ba reply to Dansi, I ni sogoma, I ni tilé, I ni wula and I ni baara used by men
N'sé reply to Dansi, I ni sogoma, I ni tilé, I ni wula and I ni baara used by women
Hèrè sirawa? how are you?
Hèrè dron reply to Hèrè sirawa
Koko greeting used when entering a house

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Jutish [jut] (Denmark: Jutland. Germany: Schleswig-Holstein.)

Daw-daw informal greeting
Moin informal greeting
Hvordan gaat det? how are you?

 

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