How to say hello in languages around the world Posted by Anil Polat | Feb 9, 2015 | Hailing Frequencies | 4 41 SharesShareTweetPin Share:
in Italy is 2 to 4 kisses alternating from cheek to cheek, depending on how well you know the other person or how you are used to or where do you live (for example some friends of mine prefer 2, other 3 kisses) plus hug or half hug. it can also be handshake+kisses+hug
also men kiss each other on occasion like Christmas if they are good friend or family from my experience
Thanks for the details!
I don’t know about the others, but UK and Germany are not correct. UK avoids contact whenever possible – no handshake or hugging! Just “How are you”.
And the formal ritual in Germany is much more complicated, it also depends on age and rank who extends hands first. The formal greeting is “good day” (or good morning/evening). “Hallo” is informal, and comes with a hug or a kiss on the cheek.
Interesting though I don’t think a handshake is that rare from what I’ve seen.