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HELLO!

"Good afternoon" in more than 160 languages

HELLO!
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Afrikaans (Southern Africa)                  Goeie middag
Aklanon (Philippines)                        Mayad nga hapon
Aklanon (Philippines)                        Mayad-ayad nga hapon
Albanian (Albania, Yugoslavia)               Mirëdita
Amharic (Ethiopia) [to male]                 Indemin walk
Amharic (Ethiopia) [to female]               Indemin walsh
Amharic (Ethiopia) [to several]              Indemin walachihu
Apinagé (Brazil)                             Aríni
Arabic (N Africa, Middle East)               Masaa al-khayr
Arabic (Egypt)                               Misae' el kher
Arabic (Egypt) [reply]                       Misaa' el nur
Arabic (Egypt)                               Messa el rir
Arabic (Egypt)                               Naharak
Arabic (Lebanon)                             Masaa el-khayr
Arabic (Morocco)                             Mselkhir
Aragonese (Aragon Spain)                     Buena tardi
Aragonese (Aragon Spain) [in spoken lang.]   Güena tardi
Armenian [Western] (Armenia)                 Pari gessor
Armenian [Eastern] (Armenia)                 Bari or
Asante (Ghana) [to one person]               Maahá
Asante (Ghana) [to several people]           Memá mo ahá
Asante (Ghana) [reply]                       Yemu
Asturian (Spain)                             Bona tarde
Asturian (Spain)                             Bones tardes
Aymará (Bolivia, Peru, Chile)                Winas tàris
Aymará (Bolivia, Peru, Chile)                Winas tartis

Bakitara (Central Africa)                    Ogorobere?
Bakitara (Central Africa) [answer]           Ndiho
Bambara (Mali) [to one person]               I ni wula
Bambara (Mali) [to several people]           Aw ni wula
Basque (Spain, France)                       Arratsalde on
Belorussian (Belarus)                        Dzien' dobry
Bemba (Zambia, Congo-Kinshasa)               Mwachoma bwanji
Bemba (Zambia, Congo-Kinshasa)               Cungulo mukwai
Bengali (Bangladesh, India)                  Shubho oporanho
Bislama (Vanuatu)                            Gud aftenun
Bole (Nigeria)                               Barka bushi
Bole (Nigeria) [answer]                      Yawwa
Bosnian (Bosnia and Hercegovina)             Dobar dan
Brigidian (western Ireland)                  Evnez mahaha
Bulgarian (Bulgaria)                         Dobar den

Cantonese (China)                            Néih hóu
Cantonese (China)                            Ngh on an san
Cantonese (China)                            Ng ngon
Catalan (Andorra, Spain, France)             Bona tarda
Catalan (Andorra, Spain, France)             Bona tarde
Chamorro (Guam, Mariana Island)              Talu'anin maolek
Chamorro (Guam, Mariana Island)              Buenas tatdes
Chatino (Tataltepec Mexico)                  Cua nque' xlyaa
Chechen (Northern Caucasus Russia)           De dika doila
Chechen (Northern Caucasus Russia)           De dik doil
Cherokee (Okla. & N Carolina USA)            Os-da-su-hi-ye-i
Chinyanja (Southern Africa)                  Mwachoma bwanji
Chishona (Southern Africa) [by women]        Masíkatí shéwe
Chishona (Southern Africa) [by men]          Masíkatí chirombówe
Chishona (Southern Africa) [to women]        Masíkatí mái
Chishona (Southern Africa) [to men]          Masíkatí babá
Chishona (Southern Africa) [1]               Masíkatí
Chishona (Southern Africa) [2: answer to #1] Masíkatí maswera sei?
Chishona (Southern Africa) [3: answer to #2] Ndaswera maswerawo
Chishona (Southern Africa) [4: answer to #3] Ndaswera
Chitonga (Zambia)                            Mwalibizya
Chitonga (Zambia)                            Mwayusa
Chuuk (Chuuk Island Micronesia)[4pm to dark] Neekkunuyón ánnim
Comoran (Comoros)                            Bariza djioni
Cornish [Middle/unified] (Great Britain)     Durdadha
Creole (Dominica)                            Bonn apwé midi
Croatian (Croatia, Bosnia)                   Dobar dan
Czech (Czech Republic)                       Dobré odpoledne

Dagaare (Ghana, Burkina Faso)                Fo ngmenaa
Dagaare (Ghana, Burkina Faso)                Ye ngmenaa
Dagaare (Ghana, Burkina Faso)                Ngemenaa tae?
Danish (Denmark, Greenland)                  God eftermiddag
Dusun (Sabah Malaysia)                       Kopisanangan dangadaou
Dutch (Netherlands)                          Goedemiddag
Dutch (Netherlands) [in spoken language]     Goeiemiddag
Dyula (Cote d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali)    I ni tilé

Edo (Nigeria)                                Ób'ávàn
Ekegusii (Kenya)                             Bwairire buya
English (America, Australia, UK)             Good afternoon
Esperanto (international use)                Bonan tagon
Estonian (Estonia)                           Tere päevast

Faroese (Faroe Islands)                      Goðan dag
Farsi (Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan)          Roz beh'khayr
Finnish (Finland)                            Hyvää päivää
Finnish (Finland) [informal]                 Päivää
Fon (Benin, Togo)                            Kudo hweme
Fore (Papua New Guinea)                      Atamáiné
French (France, Quebec Canada)[rarely used]  Bon après-midi
Frisian (Netherlands, Germany)               Middei
Frisian (Netherlands, Germany)               Goemiddei
Fulani (West Africa)                         Jam ñalli
Futuna (Wallis and Futuna)                   Malo le kataki

Galician (Spain)                             Boa tarde
Galician (Spain)                             Boas tardes
Gbhandi (Liberia)                            Okania
Georgian (Georgia)                           Gamarjobat
German (Central Europe)                      Guten Tag  
German (Zurich Switzerland) [spoken]         Gu-ëte Tag
German (Zurich Switzerland) [spoken]         Gu-etä Tag
German [Südhessisch] (Germany)               Gute Owend
German (Vienna Austria)                      Dere
Greek (Greece, Cyprus)                       Herete
Greek (Greece, Cyprus)                       Kaló mesiméri
Guaja (Brazil)                               Kwarahó
Guarani (Paraguay)                           Mba'éichapa nde asaje
Guarani (Paraguay)                           Mba'éichapa ndeka'aru
Guarani (Paraguay) [answer]                  Cheka'aru porâ, ha nde

Hausa (West Africa)                          Barkà dà yâmma
Hausa (West Africa) [reply]                  Barkà kàdai
Hawaiian (Hawaii) [rarely used]              Aloha 'auinala
Hiri Motu (Papua New Guinea)                 Handorai namona
Hmong (Laos, Thailand) [rarely used]         Nyob zoo thaum yav tavsu
Huasteco (Mexico)                            Waklane:nek
Hungarian (Hungary)                          Jó estét

Icelandic (Iceland)                          Góða kvöldið
Igbo (Nigeria)                               Ezigbo efife
Igbo (Nigeria)                               Imela efife
Ilokano (Philippines) [formal]               Naimbag a malemyo
Ilokano (Philippines) [informal]             Naimbag a malemmo
Ilokano (Philippines)                        Naimbag nga malem 
Ilonggo (Philippines)                        Maayong hapon
Indonesian (Indonesia, Surinam)              Selamat sore
Inuktitut (Baffin Island Canada)             Unnusakkut
Inuktitut (Canada)                           Unusakut
Irish Gaelic (Ireland)                       Dia dhuit tr&aacue;thnóna
Irish Gaelic (Ireland) [plural]              Dia dhaoibh tráthnóna
Italian (Italy)                              Buon pomeriggio
Itbayaten (Batanes Philippines)              Kapian ka pa nu Dios aschamacuyab
Ivasayen (Batanes Philippines)               Capian ka pa nu Dios si chamacuyab

Japanese [Nosaka Ben] (Nosaka-machi Japan)   Oshimai nasai mashi
Javanese (Indonesia)                         Sugeng siang

Kadazan (Sabah Malaysia)                     Kopivosian dontadau
Kangbe (West Africa)                         E nea woorah
Kapampangan (Philippines)                    Mayap a gatpanapun
Kapampangan (Philippines) [formal]           Mayap a gatpanapun pu
Karitiana (Brazil)                           Goy'mõyn
Kasem (Ghana, Burkina Faso)                  De N wea
Kasem (Ghana, Burkina Faso)                  De N de wea
Khakas (Russia)                              Xandyra qunorte
Kiga (Africa)                                Osiibire gye
Kikongo (Congo, Angola)                      Malembe nyale
Kinyarwanda (Rwanda)                         Mwiriwe
Kinyarwanda (Rwanda)                         Wiiriwe ho?
Kinyarwanda (Rwanda) [answer]                Wiiriwe
Kirundi (Burundi)                            Miriwe
Kisanga (Bunkeya Congo-Kinshasa)             Twaimunai
Kiswahili (Southeast Africa)                 Habari za mchana
Kiswahili (Southeast Africa)                 Habari ya mchana
Kiswahili (Southeast Africa) [answer]        Nzuri
Kosraean (Micronesia)                        Lenwo
Kosraean (Micronesia)                        Lwen wo
Krioulu (Cape Verde)                         Bo tardi
Kwanyama (Angola, Namibia) [#1: noon, sing.] Wa uhala po?
Kwanyama (Angola, Namibia) [#1: noon,plural] Mwa uhala po?
Kwanyama (Angola, Namibia) [#2: answ.to #1]  Ee
Kwanyama (Angola, Namibia) [#3: answ.to #2]  Nawa tuu?
Kwanyama (Angola, Namibia) [#4: answ.to #3]  Ee, ove wa uhala po?
Kwanyama (Angola, Namibia) [#5: answ.to #4]  Ee
Kwanyama (Angola, Namibia) [#6: answ.to #5]  Nawa tuu?
Kwanyama (Angola, Namibia) [#7: answ.to #6]  Ee, onawa

Ladino (Israel, Turkey)                      Buenas tadres
Latvian (Latvia)                             Labdien
Livonian (Livonia) [modern]                  Jõva päva
Livonian (Livonia) [older]                   Jõvvõ pävvõ
Luganda (South Uganda)                       Osiiby'otya?
Luganda (South Uganda) [answer]              Bulungi
Lingala (Congo)                              Mbóte
Lingala (Congo)                              Mbóte na yó
Lithuanian (Lithuania)                       Laba diena
Lunyankole (Mbarara South Uganda)            Osibiregye?
Lunyankole (Mbarara South Uganda) [answer]   Nsibire kurungi
Lunyoro (West Uganda)                        Oraire ota?
Lunyoro (West Uganda)                        Kurungi
Luxembourgish (Luxembourg)                   Gudden Nomëtteg

Malay (Malaysia, Brunei)                     Selamat petang
Malay (Malyasia, Brunei)                     Selamat tengah hari
Maltese (Malta)                              Wara nofsinhar it-tajjeb
Maltese (Malta)                              Wara nofs-in-nhar
Mandarin (China)                             Wu an
Mandarin (China)                             Xiao wu hao
Mandinka (Gambia)                            Itinyau
Maninka (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone)      Mesomme
Manx (Great Britain)                         Fastyr mie
Mari [Hill Mari] (Russia)                    Pury kechy
Mari [Meadow Mari] (Russia)                  Poro keche
Marshallese (Marshal Islands)                Yokwe in raelep
Mashi (Bukavu Congo-Kinshasa)                Asinge
Milanese [Lombard] (Milan Italy)             Reverissi
Min Nam [Hokkien] (Taiwan)                   Ehbpo
Minangkabau (West Sumatra Indonesia)         Salamaik sore
Mixe (Oaxaca Mexico)                         Ešnásh
Mixtec (Chalcatongo Oaxaca Mexico)           Tàníñini
Mixtec (Chalcatongo Oaxaca Mexico)           Táñini
Mixtec (Santa Catarina Estetla Mexico)       Kobaadín sakwaa
Mixtec (Sta. Catarina Estetla Mex.) [answer] Kobadiátu sakwaa
Mongolian (Mongolia, N China)                Odriin mend
Moore (Burkina Faso)                         Zaabre ibaare?
Moore (Burkina Faso)                         Zaabre yaa laafi?
Moore (Burkina Faso)                         Zaabre kiema?
Moore (Burkina Faso) [answer]                Laafi
Moore (Burkina Faso) [answer]                Laafibeme
Moore (Burkina Faso) [answer]                Laafibala
Motu (Papua New Guinea)                      Adorahi namona

Náhuatl (Mexico, El Salvador)                Cualli teotlac
Náhuatl (Mexico, El Salvador)                Cualli teotlactin
Náhuatl (Tepoztlan Mexico)                   Cualli motonalli
Ndebele (South Africa)                       Litshonile
Nigerian Pidgin (Nigeria)                    Good afternoon
Norwegian [Bokmaal] (Norway)                 God ettermiddag
Norwegian [Sortland] (Norway)                Go'ættermiddag
Norwegian [Sortland] (Norway)                Go'ættmiddag
[Nyankore, see Lunyankole]

Okanagan (Montana USA)                       Way' xast senyakwqín
Okanagan (Montana USA)                       Xast senyakwqín
Ossetian (Georgia)                           Dæ bon khorz
Ossetian (Georgia)                           Uæ bon khorz
Otetela (Lodja Congo-Kinshasa)               Moyo

Paipai (Southern California USA)             Kam'yuli
Paipai (Southern Cal. USA) [not stopping]    Nyumkjkye
Papiamentu (Dutch Antilles, Aruba)           Bon tardi
Phorhépecha (Michoacán Mexico)               Nar chúsku
Pijin (Solomon Islands)                      Gud aftanun
Pijin (Solomon Islands) [to one person]      Aftanun
Pijin (Solomon Islands) [to two people]      Aftanun tufala
Pijin (Solomon Islands) [to three people]    Aftanun trifala
Pijin (Solomon Islands) [to more than three] Aftanun olketa
Pipil (El Salvador)                          Yehyek netiutak
[Police Motu, see Hiri Motu]
Polish (Poland)                              Dzien dobry
Portuguese (Portugal, Brazil)                Boa tarde
Provencal (France)                           Bonser

Quechua Ayacuchano (Ayacucho Peru)           Allin sukha
Quechua Ayacuchano (Ayacucho Peru)           Winas tardis
Quechua Cochabambino (Cochabamba Bolivia)    Alllin sukha
Quechua Cuzqueño (Cuzco Peru)                Wenas tardis
Quechua Cuzqueño (Cuzco Peru)                Allin sukha
Quiché (Guatemala)                           Xek'ij

Russian (Russia)                             Dobry den
Rutoro (Uganda)                              Osibire ota
Rutoro (Uganda) [reply]                      Nsibire kurungi

Saramaccan (Suriname)                        I dë nö
Sardinian (Italy)                            Bonas tardas
Savonian (Ylä-Savo Finland)                  Hyvvee päevee
Scottish Gaelic (Scotland)                   Feasgar math
Scots (Scotland)                             Guid eenin
Scots [Ulster] (N Ireland)                   Guid een
Serbian (Bosnia, Yugoslavia)                 Dobar dan
Serrere (Senegal, Gambia)                    Guiro po ko
Seselwa (Seychelles)                         Bon apremidi
Setswana (South Africa, Botswana)            O tlotse jang
Shambaa (Tanzania)                           Onga mshi
Shanghaiese (Shanghai China)                 Non ho
[Shona, see Chishona]
Silozi (Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana)          Mu tozi
Silozi (Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana)          Mu tozi cwani
Silozi (Zambia) [late afternoon]             Kiman zibwana
Silozi (Zambia) [to p.coming home from work] Mu koktokile spa
Slovak (Slovakia)                            Dobré popoludnie
Slovenian (Slovenia)                         Dober dan
Somali (Somalia, Ethiopia)                   Galab wanaagsan
Spanish (America, Spain)                     Buenas tardes
Sundanese (Indonesia)                        Wilujeng siang
Swedish (Sweden, Finland)                    God middag

Tagalog (Philippines)                        Magandang hapon
Tamil (Tamil Nadu India)                     Vanakkam
Tatar (Russia)                               Kheerle kin
Tatar (Russia, China)                        Xeyirli kön
Telugu (India)                               Namaskaaram
Thai (Thailand)                              Sawat-dii torn bai
Tetum (East Timor)                           Loraek diak
Tetum (East Timor)                           Loraik kmanek
Tetum (East Timor) [from Portuguese]         Botarde
Tigrinya (Ethiopia) [to a man]               Kemey we'ilka
Tigrinya (Ethiopia) [to a woman]             Kemey we'ilki
Tok Pisin (Papua New Guinea)                 Apinun
Tongan (Tonga, Pacific Islands)              Malo tau ma'u e ho'ata ni
Tongan (Tonga, Pacific Islands) [daylight]   Malo e tau ma'u 'a e 'aho' ni
Trobes Tokples (Trobriand Papua New Guinea)  Bwena la lai
Tsonga (South Africa)                        Inhelekani
Turkish (Turkey, Northern Cyprus)            Iyi ö-glenler

Ukrainian (Ukraine)                          Dobri den
Ute (Colorado and Utah USA)                  Ati'tog'otaváivinakwayak
Uvean (Wallis and Futuna)                    Malo te kataki

Valencian (Spain)                            Bona vesprada
Venda (South Africa)                         Ndi masiari
Visayan (Philippines)                        Maayong hapon

Waali (Northwestern Ghana)                   Antere
Welsh (Wales)                                Pnawn da
Welsh (Wales)                                Prynhawn da
Wolof (West Africa)                          Jama nga yendoo
Wolof (West Africa)                          Naka bekit bi

Yao (Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique) [late]    Kusweele
Yoruba (West Africa) [honorific]             E káàsán
Yoruba (West Africa) [non-honorific]         O káàsán
Yoruba (West Africa) [same age or younger]   Ku osan
Yoruba (West Africa) [to older person]       E ku osan
Yucatec (Mexico)                             Bwenas tardes

Zapotec (Teotitlán Mexico)                   Zac chil
Zapotec (Villa Alta Mexico)                  Padiull
Zapotec (Yatzachi Mexico)                    Padiox
Zapotec (Yatzachi Mexico)                    Padioxei
Zapotec (Yatzachi Mexico) [old]              Sha'oza zha
Zapotec (Yulalag Mexico)                     Padiuzhe



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