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Hello in Chinese / Japanese...

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Hello Scroll

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

nǐ hǎo
Hello / Ni Hao Scroll

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 Scroll

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

hé shí
gou juu
Namaste - Greeting Scroll

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.

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
Ni Hao
你好nǐ hǎo / ni3 hao3 / ni hao / nihao
Namaste - Greeting合十gou juu / goujuu / go ju / gojuhé shí / he2 shi2 / he shi / heshiho shih / hoshih

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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your hello search...


If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition


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nǐ hǎo / ni3 hao3
ni hao
 niihao / nihao / ニーハオ
Namaste - Greeting Scroll
hello; hi
(interjection) (kana only) hello (chi: nǐ hǎo)


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


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 konichiwa / こにちわ
Namaste - Greeting Scroll
(ik) (interjection) (colloquialism) hello; good day (daytime greeting)


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 ero / エロ (noun or adjectival noun) (1) (abbreviation) (See エロチック,エロチシズム) erotic; pornographic; obscene; (prefix noun) (2) perverted; horny; dirty; (personal name) Hello


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



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hā lóu / ha1 lou2
ha lou
hello (loanword)



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hā luō / ha1 luo1
ha lo
hello (loanword)



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hā luó / ha1 luo2
ha lo
hello (loanword)



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


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nín hǎo / nin2 hao3
nin hao
hello (polite)


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zhāo hu / zhao1 hu5
chao hu
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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 doumo / domo / どうも (interjection) (1) (abbreviation) (See どうも有難う) thank you; thanks; (adverb) (2) much (thanks); very (sorry); quite (regret); (adverb) (3) quite; really; mostly; (adverb) (4) somehow; (adverb) (5) (See どうしても・1) in spite of oneself; try as one might; no matter how hard one may try (to, not to); (interjection) (6) greetings; hello; goodbye


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 konnichiha / こんにちは (interjection) (kana only) (は is pronounced as わ; used during daytime) hello; good day; good afternoon


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 konnichiwa / こんにちわ (interjection) (colloquialism) (kana only) (daytime greeting; phonetic spelling of こんにちは) (See 今日は) hello; good day; good afternoon



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


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


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


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 haihai / はいはい (interjection) (1) (colloquialism) (See はい・2) yeah, yeah; whatever; sure; (interjection) (2) (colloquialism) yes; sure; gotcha; (interjection) (3) (on phone, as a reply to もしもし) hello; (interjection) (4) (said to a horse) (See はい・3) giddy-up; gee-up; giddap


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 kitichan / キティちゃん (product name) (colloquialism) Hello Kitty (Sanrio product line)


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 harookiti / ハローキティ (product name) Hello Kitty


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


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

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Namaste - Greeting Horizontal Wall Scroll
Namaste - Greeting Vertical Portrait

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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

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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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Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

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A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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