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35 Ways To Say Hello In Africa

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When travelling around Africa, one of the main pleasures is the contact with the locals.  There are thousands of languages spoken all over the continent, but each one has a word for “hello”.  We look at the ‘African Greetings’ guide by Anouk Zijlma, country by country.
Including the English and French, which many countries also use, here is how to say "hello" in:


Angola
Portuguese:
Bom dia - Good morning
Boa tarde - Good afternoon
Boa noite - Good evening


Botswana
 Setswana:
 Dumela mma/rra (to woman/man)
 English: Hello


Burkina Faso
 French: Bonjour
 Dioula: in-i-che

Cameroon
 French: Bonjour
 English (west Cameroon): Hello

Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
 French: Bonjour
 Dioula: in-i-che

Egypt
 Arabic: salaam aleikum
 English: Hello

Ethiopia
 Amharic: teanastellen
 English: Hello

Gabon
 French: Bonjour

Ghana
 Twi: ete-sen
 Ga: meeng-gah-bou (spoken in the capital Accra)
 Dagbani: Kawula (good morning - desibah, good afternoon - anteray, good evening - ana(w)ula
Hausa: sannu (spoken in northern Ghana)
 English: Hello

Kenya
 Swahili: Habari/Jambo
 English: Hello

Lesotho
 South Sotho: Lumela
 English: Hello

Libya
 Arabic: salaam aleikum

Madagascar
 Malagasy: Salama
 French: Bonjour

Malawi
 Chichewa: Moni
 English: Hello

Mali
 French: Bonjour
 Bambara: i-ni-cheh
 Tamashek: met-al-ee-khah (Tuareg language)

Mauritania
 Arabic: salaam aleikum
 Hassaniya: sa-la-mah ah-lay-kum

Morocco
 Arabic: salaam aleikum
 French: Bonjour

Mozambique
 Portuguese: Bom Dia (Good Morning), Boa tarde (Good afternoon), Boa noite (Good evening)

Namibia
 Afrikaans: Hallo
 Damara/Nama: !gai//oas (spoken in the south and southeast)
 Herero/Himba: Tjike (spoken in the north central and northwest)
 English: Hello

Nigeria
 Hausa: sannu
 Igbo: ee-bow-lah-chee(southeastern Nigeria)
 Yoruba: bah-oh
 English: Hello
 French: Bonjour


Rwanda
 French: Bonjour

Senegal
 French: Bonjour
 Fulfulde: no ngoolu daa
 Wolof: na nga def

Sierra Leone
 Krio: How de body?

South Africa
 Zulu: Sawubona
 Xhosa: Molo
 Afrikaans: Hallo
 English: Hello

Sudan
 Arabic: salaam aleikum

Swaziland
 Swati: Sawubona
 English: Hello

Tanzania
 Swahili: Salama/Jambo
 English: Hello

Togo
 French: Bonjour

Tunisia
 French: Bonjour
 Arabic: salaam aleikum

Uganda
 Luganda: Oli otya
 Swahili: Salama/Jambo
 English: Hello

Zambia
 English: Hello
 Bemba: Muli shani

Zimbabwe
 English: Hello
 Shona: Mhoroi
 Ndebele: Sawubona

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