3 Hellos

Greeting is the best way to start a conversation, so today I will share the different ways to say “hello” in some of the most commonly used languages (aside from English) in the world.

1. Chinese
你好 or nǐ hǎo is “hello” in Chinese. There are around 1.2 billion native speakers of Chinese, which means that if you can greet in Chinese, you can greet more than 10% of the world’s population.

2. Spanish
Hola is “hello” in Spanish. Although there are a lot of people in the world who learn English as a second language, Spanish is the 4th most popular second language in the world. There are also more native speakers of Spanish than English.

3. Hindi
नमस्ते or namaste is “hello” in Hindi. It is usually not studied as a second language but it has a lot of native speakers in the world. Hindi is also the origin of shampoo and jungle.