ai???Helloai??? Your Way to Friendship

Greeting people you encounter is essential in building up a friendly relationship. At the same time, you must greet in an appropriate manner. A half-hearted approach may harm your chances of developing a relationship with the person.

People greet in different ways. Cultures vary and the style of greeting varies according to customary practices of saying hello. Before we proceed to appreciate different cultural variations of hello, let us understand how to greet.

Tips to Greet

  • A smile is one form of greeting. A warm and affectionate smile can do wonders.
  • Nodding of the head is another way of acknowledging another person.
  • A “hi” or “hello” is another form of greeting
  • Shaking hands is a common gesture used when greeting someone.
  • Folding hands and greeting a person is an Eastern cultural approach.
  • A hug or a kiss on the cheek is a greeting in some countries.

Faux Pas not to commit when traveling abroad

  • Do not imitate an accent as you might come across as being rude. Everybody has their own cultural way of speaking and accents vary. We can speak in the manner we normally speak.
  • Try to learn the correct pronunciation, as it is appreciated by the locals of the host country. Your erroneous-pronunciation need not be pointed out.
  • Do not overdo the greeting.
  • Be sincere in your approach. Do not greet for the sake of greeting.
  • Understand and follow the cultural nuances of saying hello in other countries.

Different worldwide forms of hello

  • In Welsh – shwmae (in North Wales)(pronounced shoe-my or Helo
  • Yiddish – sholem aleikhem (Means “peace be unto you”) borkhim aboymen ( good morning) or gut morgn, gutn ovnt (evening)
  • Bulgarian – kumusta ka? (how are you?). Magandang umaga po (Good morning)-pronounced as mah-gan-dang ha-ponpoh”, Magandang gabi po (good evening or night)
  • Bremnan – koali (pronounciation-kowalee)
  • Afrikaans – haai (hello)
  • Dutch – Hallo ( pronounciation-Hal-low)
  • Finnish – Terve ( pronunciation Ter vey)
  • French – bonjour (pronunciation- Bohn-Zhoor)
  • German – Guten Tag ( Goot-en Tahk)
  • Italian – Buon giorna- (Bwohn Jor-noh)
  • Hungarian – Szia ( pronounciation-Zee-yah)
  • Persian – Selam ( pronounciation-She-lam)
  • Danish – Goddah
  • Hawaiian – Aloha (pronounciation-Ah-Loh-hah)

We greet to build up friendships, to foster relationships, and to be closer to our peer groups. In our daily lives we begin and maintain cordial and diverse relationships. A friendly greeting bridges the gap between two individuals of varied backgrounds. So, next time, you come across someone, smile or nod or say hello. It may be the beginning to a long lasting, rewarding relationship!

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