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Hello in Chinese / Japanese...

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Hello

Japan haroo
Hello

ハロー is the English "hello" transliterated into Japanese Katakana.


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana , it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Hello / Ni Hao

China nǐ hǎo
Hello / Ni Hao

你好 is the day to day way to say hello in Chinese.

The characters literally mean, "You good?" It's sort of the equivalent of "What's up?" in English, where nobody expects an actual answer.

This explanation is here for educational purposes only. 你好 is an oral word which is not appropriate for a scroll (not a bad meaning, just very odd for a wall scroll).

Konichiwa

Japan konichiwa
Konichiwa

This colloquial Japanese greeting means hello, or good day.

こにちわ is the common greeting for daytime or afternoon (after morning, before the sun sets).


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Hiragana , it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Namaste - Greeting

China hé shí
Japan gou juu
Namaste - Greeting

The word namaste comes from Sanskrit and is a common greeting in the Hindi and Nepali languages exchanged by devout Hindu or Buddhist people in Southern Asia (especially India).

Here you can see the Chinese form (and Japanese but not well-known in Japan) of this word which is used describe a Buddhist (or Hindu) greeting with palms closed together in a prayerful manner, generally at chest level. However, this selection of characters describes the act, and is not a word spoken during the greeting. In fact, words or a greeting is seldom spoken when two Chinese or Japanese Buddhists meet. The greeting is silent, and respectful but composed completely of body language.

Note that the greeting namaste as well as the act of placing palms together are used both as a hello and goodbye (kind of like the word aloha in Hawaiian).


If you are looking for a welcoming hello and goodbye, you may want to consider gassho or a simple welcome.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

你好

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Mandarin nǐ hǎo / ni3 hao3
Taiwan ni hao
Chinese Hello!; Hi!; How are you?
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ハロー

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Japanese haroo / ハロー Japanese (1) halo; (2) hello; hallo; hullo; (3) harrow; (place-name) Harrow (Britain)
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Hello

こにちわ

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Japanese konichiwa / こにちわ Japanese (ik) (interjection) (colloquialism) hello; good day (daytime greeting)
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Mandarin wèi // wéi / wei4 // wei2
Taiwan wei
Chinese hey; to feed (an animal, baby, invalid etc); hello (when answering the phone)

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エロ

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Japanese ero / エロ Japanese (adj-na,n,adj-no) (1) erotic; eroticism; (prefix noun) (2) perverted; horny; dirty; (personal name) Hello

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午安

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Mandarin wǔ ān / wu3 an1
Taiwan wu an
Chinese Good afternoon!; Hello (daytime greeting)

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哈嘍


哈喽

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Mandarin hā lóu / ha1 lou2
Taiwan ha lou
Chinese hello (loanword)

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哈囉


哈啰

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Mandarin hā luō / ha1 luo1
Taiwan ha lo
Chinese hello (loanword)

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哈羅


哈罗

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Mandarin hā luó / ha1 luo2
Taiwan ha lo
Chinese hello (loanword)

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問好


问好

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Mandarin wèn hǎo / wen4 hao3
Taiwan wen hao
Chinese to say hello to; to send one's regards to

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您好

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Mandarin nín hǎo / nin2 hao3
Taiwan nin hao
Chinese hello (polite)

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招呼

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Mandarin zhāo hu / zhao1 hu5
Taiwan chao hu
Chinese to call out to; to greet; to say hello to; to inform; to take care of; to take care that one does not

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どうも

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Japanese doumo / domo / どうも Japanese (interjection) (1) (abbreviation) (See どうも有難う) thanks; (adverb) (2) much (thanks); very (sorry); quite (regret); (3) quite; really; mostly; (4) somehow; (5) (in positive sense, esp. どうも〜しまう) (See どうしても) in spite of oneself; no matter how hard one may try (one is unable to) (with negative verb); no matter how hard one may try not to (one ends up doing) (with positive verb, esp. -shimau); (interjection) (6) greetings; hello; goodbye

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今日は

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Japanese konnichiha(p);konchiha / こんにちは(P);こんちは Japanese (interjection) (kana only) (こんちは is col.) hello; good day (daytime greeting)

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凱蒂貓


凯蒂猫

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Mandarin kǎi dì māo / kai3 di4 mao1
Taiwan k`ai ti mao / kai ti mao
Chinese Hello Kitty

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こにちは

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Japanese konichiha / こにちは Japanese (ik) (interjection) (colloquialism) hello; good day (daytime greeting)

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はいさい

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Japanese haisai / はいさい Japanese (interjection) (rkb:) hello; hi

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はいはい

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Japanese haihai / はいはい Japanese (interjection) (1) (colloquialism) yeah, yeah (used for casual, half-hearted, or insincere agreement); sure; (2) hey!; (3) hello (on phone, replying to "moshimoshi"); (4) giddy-up (to a horse); gee-up; giddap

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ほいほい

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Japanese hoihoi / ほいほい Japanese (adv,adv-to,vs) (1) (onomatopoeic or mimetic word) recklessly; thoughtlessly; carelessly; readily; blithely; willingly; easily; (2) (onomatopoeic or mimetic word) pamperingly; indulgently; carefully (not angering); (interjection) (3) shoo!; (4) heave-ho; (5) hallo; hello; (6) (archaism) novice; beginner

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もしもし

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Japanese moshimoshi / もしもし Japanese (interjection) (1) hello (e.g. on phone); (2) excuse me! (when calling out to someone)

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ニーハオ

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Japanese niihao / nihao / ニーハオ Japanese (interjection) hello (chi: nihao)

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ハイサイ

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Japanese haisai / ハイサイ Japanese (interjection) (rkb:) hello; hi

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ホイホイ

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Japanese hoihoi / ホイホイ Japanese (adv,adv-to,vs) (1) (onomatopoeic or mimetic word) recklessly; thoughtlessly; carelessly; readily; blithely; willingly; easily; (2) (onomatopoeic or mimetic word) pamperingly; indulgently; carefully (not angering); (interjection) (3) shoo!; (4) heave-ho; (5) hallo; hello; (6) Hui (people); (7) (archaism) novice; beginner

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ポケハロ

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Japanese pokeharo / ポケハロ Japanese (abbreviation) "pocket Hello Kitty" that combines a pedometer and a tamagotchi

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こんにちわ

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Japanese konnichiwa / こんにちわ Japanese (ik) (interjection) (colloquialism) hello; good day (daytime greeting)

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アニョハセヨ

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Japanese anyohaseyo / アニョハセヨ Japanese hello (kor: annyeonghaseyo); hi

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ハローページ

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Japanese haroopeeji / ハローページ Japanese Hello Page (NTT white pages)

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ハローワーク

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Japanese haroowaaku / haroowaku / ハローワーク Japanese (n-pr) (colloquialism) Hello Work (wasei:); Public Employment Security Office

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ハロー・ページ

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Japanese haroo peeji / ハロー・ページ Japanese Hello Page (NTT white pages)

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ハロー・ワーク

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Japanese haroo waaku / haroo waku / ハロー・ワーク Japanese (n-pr) (colloquialism) Hello Work (wasei:); Public Employment Security Office

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Helloハローharoo / haro
Hello
Ni Hao
你好nǐ hǎo / ni3 hao3 / ni hao / nihao
Konichiwaこにちわkonichiwa
Namaste - Greeting合十gou juu / goujuu / go ju / gojuhé shí / he2 shi2 / he shi / heshiho shih / hoshih



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Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

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