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How To Say ‘Hello’ in Hebrew, and Other Hebrew Greetings!

How to Say Hello in Hebrew

So, you’re heading for Israel to travel or work. Awesome! You’re in for an amazing adventure! It’s a beautiful country, steeped in a rich culture that may be very unlike your own.

However, showing respect to the locals is a big deal in every country around the world. A respectful manner and attitude could open doors for you that would otherwise remain mystifyingly closed. Aside from just knowing ‘Thank you’ in Hebrew, greeting someone correctly in Hebrew could incline a local to treat you more favorably than otherwise! So, the clever thing to do would be to learn Hebrew greetings before you embark on your journey. Hebrew greetings are different from other languages and probably not what you’d expect. But if learning how to say ‘Hello!’ in Hebrew in easy and fun ways is important to you, you’ve come to the right place at HebrewPod101.

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1. Must-Know Hebrew Greetings

Start straight away with this greeting lesson. It’s short, but it packs a punch!

This short, but powerful lesson teaches you the basic ways to greet someone correctly in Hebrew! At HebrewPod101, you will be taught the correct pronunciation and intonation, as well as the correct times to greet in Hebrew. And you will have fun!

Greetings—”Hello”

  • !שלום
  • Shalom
  • “Hello (Informal, Formal)”

Shalom simply means “Hi,” or “Hello”—it can also mean “Goodbye.” We use it when we meet but also can use it when we leave. Shalom means something like “Peace,” this makes the greeting very special. It is common to say Shalom in both informal and formal situations and at any time of day. Besides, in the morning you can greet people with Boker tov! During the evening, you can say: Erev tov. Erev is Hebrew for “Evening,” so Erev tov means “good evening.” Boker tov and Erev tov are used when we meet someone, but when we leave, we don’t say them again.

For Example:

  • בקר טוב
  • Boker tov!
  • “Good morning!”

Language Tip

In formal situations, Israeli people commonly greet each other by shaking hands. However, if we meet someone we are very friendly with, we kiss each other on one cheek. Don’t be afraid to do it with your Israeli friends—it’s normal!

2. Common Ways to Say Hello in Hebrew

Hebrew Greetings

Standing at the airport in a foreign country for the first time can be a somewhat scary experience for anyone, especially if you need assistance. However, don’t worry - at HebrewPod101 we teach you how to quickly get a local’s attention with friendly, correct Hebrew greetings! You are more likely to get helped this way.

Here is our Hebrew greetings list of all the general ways to address a person upon meeting. It is tailored for formal and informal situations.

1- Good morning.

בוקר טוב.
Boker tov

‘Good morning’ in Hebrew is acceptable any time between approximately 5:30am and 12:00pm, when the day is still young. And smile - it’s the universal ice-breaker!

2- Good evening

ערב טוב.
Erev tov.

This greeting is one you would use casually when night begins to fall. Address your friends, close family or close acquaintances, and those who are not your superiors, with this phrase.

3- How are you?

מה שלומך?
Mah shlom’cha?

Show your friendly interest in another person’s well-being by asking this question. This is the casual greeting form that you would use with your friends and family. For the sake of the friendship, it would be good to listen carefully to the answer! It shows caring and selflessness on your part.

4- How have you been?

איך הולך איתך?
E’ich holech it’cha?

This is a good question to ask someone you have not seen for a while. The inference is that some catching-up is needed!

5- What’s up?

מה קורה?
Ma kore?

An universally informal and energetic way to greet your friends or equals! Literally, it means ‘What’s going on in your life?’, yet often no answer is expected. It’s just a greeting! Crazy, right?!

6- Long time no see.

נחמד לראות אותך שוב.
nekhmad lir-ot otkha shuv.

This phrase means is another greeting comment that means “I have not seen you for a while!” Often, no response is expected, except to reciprocate.

7- Hey!

היי!
hey!

This is a friendly exclamation to greet your friends or equals with. Reserve its use more for people you see regularly!

Saying Hello

8- Good afternoon.

צהריים טובים.
Tsahara’im tovim.

‘Good afternoon’ in Hebrew is an informal greeting and is used during the second part of the day. The appropriate period falls, in most cultures, from 12:00am till sunset.

9- How’s it going?

איך הולך?
eikh holekh?

This greeting phrase basically means the same as ‘How are things progressing?’, ‘How are things going in your life?’ or even ‘What’s up?’ Depending on the friendship, a lengthy answer is not always expected.

10- It’s nice to see you again.

נעים להכיר אותך.
naim lehakir otkha.

This friendly, welcoming phrase is best used after greeting someone you have not seen for a while. If you mean it, you will make the person feel special! This is a good thing to say to make someone feel welcome in Hebrew.

11- How’s everything?

איך הכל?
eikh hakol?

This is a variation of ‘How’s it going?’ Use casually with your equals or close acquaintances.

12- How’s your day?

איך היום שלך?
eikh ha’yom shelkha?

Ask this when you’re speaking to your Hebrew friend during the day. It’s a friendly phrase to start a conversation with.

13- Yo!

יו!
yo!

Yo! is English slang and a universal greeting popular among young men of most nationalities. Rather don’t answer the phone with this, unless you know your caller well!

14- Hello!

שלום!
shalom!

Suitable for use in most settings, situations and persons, this is an important Hebrew greeting to know. Be sure to master this word first at HebrewPod101!

15- It’s nice to meet you.

נעים להכיר אותך.
naim lehakir otkha.

When meeting someone for the first time, this is a polite and friendly way to welcome them. It means you are happy to make their acquaintance.

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In any language, correct pronunciation is often crucial. The nuances in language require this, or you could find yourself saying things you don’t mean. You will find our Pronunciation Tool invaluable to wrap your mouth around the correct way to greet in Hebrew!

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