By S. Standish
Be Ready for World Hello Day (November 21)!!!!!
In North America, most of us greet each other by saying Hello. Do you ever hear other people talking in other languages and wonder how they greet each other?
Fun Fact – There are more than 7000 languages and more than 7 billion people. If an equal number of people spoke each language, that would be around 10 million people per language.
Here is a list of SOME of the ways to say hello across the world:
Africa – Jambo
Canada – Bonjour or Hello
China – Ni hao
Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Qatar, Oman – Salam
Germany – Guten tag
Hawaii – Aloha (means hello, goodbye and love)
India – Namaste
Israel – Shalom
Italy – Bongiorno
Japan – Ohayo
Korea – Anyong haseyo
Malaysia, Indonesia – Apa kabar
Mohawk – She:kon
Netherlands – Goede dag
Russia – Privyet
Spain, Mexico, Cuba – Hola
Thailand – Sawatdee
It is awesome to greet people in their own language. Why not give it a try? 🙂
a. Paper Chain of Hellos – Cut a whole bunch of strips in colours you want to use and have each participant write another way to say hello across the world.
b. Fill in the printable below with all the other ways to say hello.
c. Create a match-up or a crossword (puzzlemaker.com) for the above terms.
d. Print off a large world map and have one or a bunch of kids put the different ways to say hello on speech bubbles on the map.
One book to check out is “Children Around the World,” by Donata Montanari.
Hello in other languages Colouring Pages – Mindfulness Colouring Pages
Online Translation Tools – You can use the following online translators to check out how to say something in other languages around the world: