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In Africa, greetings are taken seriously and can be quite lengthy affairs. With over 800 languages spoken in Africa, it would be difficult to master the correct greeting for every place you visit. But a visitor in Africa can already make quite an impression by just knowing how to say "hello" in the local language. If you're in Accra for example, a friendly meeng-gah-bou ("hello" in Ga) will be very well received.

To help you in your efforts to make friends while traveling in Africa, I've made a list of over 30 African greetings. I've included "hellos" in Twi, Wolof, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Chichewa, Arabic, Swahili, Setswana and lots more. Try it out when you're traveling, the response you get will be worth it and no doubt encourage you to master an entire greeting sequence.

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July 5, 2006 at 2:06 pm
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November 27, 2008 at 8:20 am
(2) Joni says:

Very good site, greate content !!,

November 27, 2008 at 1:51 pm
(3) Braden says:

informative post, keep it up.,

February 6, 2009 at 12:54 am
(4) d says:

absolutely useless! misses a major langauge in ‘mandinka’ sort it out you idiots

March 1, 2009 at 7:42 pm
(5) kriztine says:

how do you say goodbye in zimbabwe

March 2, 2009 at 10:43 am
(6) goafrica says:

Tichaonana means see you later in (chi)Shona –
Sizalibona njalo means see you later in Ndebele

October 26, 2009 at 11:56 pm
(7) alyssa says:

i love africa im writing notes down about it so keep it up!:)

March 30, 2010 at 8:25 am
(8) bb rya says:

wow dog u da bomb

January 14, 2011 at 3:08 pm
(9) et16227 says:

good work

September 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm
(10) casey says:

Wow your bingo huluhatabeungatera well done

September 7, 2011 at 6:34 pm
(11) jayla hugezs says:

casey your horrible with your facebook page look up how do you say hola in samoan LOSER

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