Saying Hello in Each of Europe’s Many Languages [Infographic]
It’s one of the most used words in our vocabulary. A friendly greeting that could be the beginning of anything from a chat about the weather, the most boring conversation of your life or even the first time you speak to the love of your life.
No matter where you live in the world, ‘hello’ or ‘hi’ is probably the most
important word in your vocabulary.
Thankfully it is pretty universal around the world, and people are probably going to understand what you mean when you say it!
After all, it’s estimated that 51% of all EU citizens have at least some proficiency in English, with 13% speaking it as a first language.
However, is it not sometimes nice to do a little bit of research and take the time to find out how it’s said wherever you’re travelling?
While learning a new language is by no means an easy task, surely you can stretch to learning one little word?
Locals will really appreciate it if a tourist has made that little bit of effort to learn at least some of their language, even if it is just this one very simple word!
You don’t need to be fluent, or even be able to hold a conversation, just that one word could be enough to really gain someone’s respect and make them much more happy to help you out.
Who knows, you might even make a new friend, or get turned on to some super secret hotspot that only the locals know about!
And even if your pronunciation isn’t spot on (and let’s be honest, it probably won’t be!) it’s just good to make an effort!
There are actually over 2,000 different ways to say hello around the world, but to make things as easy as possible for you, serviced apartments providers Citybase have created this helpful infographic looking at how to say hello in each of Europe’s many languages.
It’s especially handy if you’re going on a longer trip and are going to be visiting multiple countries, or perhaps you’ll be travelling somewhere where the locals speak a couple of different languages? (For example, in Belgium, Dutch (Hallo), French (Bonjour) and German (Guten Tag) are all commonly spoken.)
Even here in the UK, you’ll notice that there are a number of different tongues such as Welsh (S’mae) and Irish Gaelic (Dia Dhuit), although you’re probably not that likely to run into a native speaker!
As you can see a lot of the languages of Europe are actually quite closely related, so it’s not even that difficult!
Who knows, this infographic might even spur you on to go that step further and start learning the language in a bit more depth.
It’s definitely worth considering, as being able to converse with all of the people you’ll meet abroad, in their native tongue, will really enrich your travels and experiences.
And if you really can’t be bothered (shame on you!) then we suppose that a wave or a handshake will suffice!