There is strength in diversity

The Ministry for Ethnic Communities is the chief advisor to the government on ethnic diversity and inclusion in New Zealand society.

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Greetings in different languages

你好, Kumusta, Guten tag, வணக்கம், 안녕하세요! Hello!

Learn how to say general greetings and phrases in 21 different languages with our new resource: Greetings in different languages.

Find spoken greetings such as ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’ and time-specific greetings like ‘good morning’ and ‘good night’. It also features some key cultural phrases, such as ‘Asalaamu alaikum: Peace be upon you’ in Arabic.

This new feature on our website includes recordings of each greeting, the translation in the script of the language, a transliteration in English (if applicable), and phonetic pronunciation.

This resource is designed to help people learn the greetings of some of New Zealand’s ethnic communities as a way of supporting inclusion in society.

Discover the Ministry’s work

  • Our programmes
    Read about our Graduate Programme, Nominations Service and find resources to help build and develop your inter-cultural capability.
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  • Our communities
    Learn about Aotearoa New Zealand's ethnic communities. Find an ethnic community organisation or support service in our Community Directory.
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  • Videos in different languages
    Watch animated videos covering a range of health topics from women and men’s health to immunisations and anti-viral medicines.
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  • Funding
    Read about our Ethnic Communities Development Fund that provides funding to support community development and social cohesion.
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