Welcome in different languages

Welcome in Different Languages

Discover 'Welcome' in 134 Languages: Dive into Translations, Hear Pronunciations, and Uncover Cultural Insights.

Updated on March 6, 2024

The word 'welcome' holds a special place in our hearts and conversations, as it represents warmth, acceptance, and inclusion. It is a word that transcends borders and cultures, and is understood universally as a gesture of goodwill. But have you ever wondered how 'welcome' is translated in different languages?

Understanding the translation of 'welcome' in various languages can open up new avenues of communication and cultural appreciation. For instance, in Spanish, 'welcome' is 'bienvenido/bienvenida,' while in French, it is 'bienvenue.' In Japanese, the phrase 'yōkoso' is used to welcome someone, and in Arabic, 'ahlan wa sahlan' is the equivalent of 'welcome.'

Moreover, the word 'welcome' has a rich historical context and is associated with various traditions and customs around the world. For instance, in some cultures, it is customary to offer a warm drink or food to a welcomed guest, while in others, a simple handshake or nod of the head is sufficient.

Join us as we explore the many translations of 'welcome' in different languages and cultures, and gain a deeper appreciation for the beauty of linguistic diversity.


Welcome in Sub-Saharan African Languages

The word "welkom" in Afrikaans is derived from the Dutch word "welkom", meaning "welcome", and can also refer to a town in South Africa.
Amharicእንኳን ደህና መጣህ
Hausabarka da zuwa
The word "barka da zuwa" in Hausa may also refer to "respect" or "honor" when used in a greeting.
The word "nabata" can also mean "to arrive" or "to come" in Igbo.
Malagasytonga soa
Tongasoa is also the name of a type of dance in Madagascar.
Nyanja (Chichewa)takulandirani
The Shona word "Mauya" also means "good health" or "well-being."
Somalisoo dhawow
The word "soo dhawow" literally translates to "come close" or "approach" in Somali.
The word "amohela" in Sesotho also means "to make comfortable" or "to make feel at home".
In Swahili, "karibu" derives from Arabic "qarība", meaning "to draw near".
The word "Wamkelekile" can also be translated as "You have made us complete" in Xhosa.
The word "kaabo" in Yoruba can be expanded to mean "I kneel in reverence of your coming."
The Zulu word "wamukelekile" also means "you are accepted" or "you are received".
Bambarai danse
Kinyarwandamurakaza neza
Lingalaboyei malamu
Sepedile amogetšwe
Twi (Akan)akwaaba

Welcome in North African & Middle Eastern Languages

Arabicأهلا بك
The Arabic word "أهلا بك" is related to the word "أهل" (family), signifying a warm and familiar welcome.
Hebrewברוך הבא
The Hebrew word ברוך הבא originates from the Jewish tradition of blessing guests and strangers.
Pashtoښه راغلاست
In Pashto, ښه راغلاست (khush raghlast) literally translates to "may your coming be good," conveying hospitality and auspiciousness.
Arabicأهلا بك
The Arabic word "أهلا بك" is related to the word "أهل" (family), signifying a warm and familiar welcome.

Welcome in Western European Languages

"Mirëseardhje" is derived from the Albanian words "mirë" (good) and "seardhje" (arrival), literally meaning "good arrival"
Basqueongi etorria
'Ongi etorri' literally translates to 'you are doing well' in Basque and was originally used in the context of meeting someone who had been traveling.
The word "Benvingut" is derived from the Latin phrase "bene veniens", meaning "arriving well".
In Serbian, the word "dobrodošli" also exists and it means "good evening" or "good night" depending on the time of day.
Velkommen derives from the Old Norse word 'velkominn' meaning 'well received'.
In Afrikaans, "welkom" means "wealthy" and is sometimes used in that sense in Dutch as well.
The word "welcome" derives from the Old English phrase "wilcuma", meaning "well-come", expressing a wish for someone's well-being on their arrival.
Bienvenue, from the Old French word 'bien venue,' literally means 'good arrival or coming' and conveys a warm and inviting greeting.
In the East Frisian language, 'wolkom' also means 'to come' and is related to the Dutch 'welkome'.
The word "benvido" in Galician is closely related to the verb "vir" (to come) and the noun "ben" (good), suggesting an invitation to enter and experience something positive.
Germanherzlich willkommen
The German phrase "herzlich willkommen" literally translates to "warm welcome" or "hearty welcome" in English
The Icelandic word "velkominn" is derived from the Old Norse word "velkominn", which means "welcome" and is related to the English word "welcome".
Fáilte comes from the Old Irish verb foill, meaning 'to turn, roll, or fold'.
Derived from Latin bene (
"Wëllkomm" is derived from the Old High German "willicumi", meaning "something well-pleasing" or "a gift of welcome".
The Maltese word "merħba" is derived from the Arabic word "marhaba", meaning "greetings" or "welcome".
Velkommen originates from the Old Norse word 'velkominn' meaning 'come well', and is used to invite or greet people.
Portuguese (Portugal, Brazil)bem-vinda
The Portuguese word "bem-vinda" can also mean "well-come" or "to come well" in English.
Scots Gaelicfàilte
Fàilte has its roots in the Old Irish word fáilte, which referred to a gift or a welcome gift presented to guests.
The Spanish word "bienvenidos" (welcome) comes from the Latin words "bene" (well) and "venire" (to come).
The word 'Välkommen' in Swedish derives from the Old Norse phrase 'vel kominn', meaning 'well-arrived' or 'well-come'.
The word "croeso" in Welsh may also refer to a "hearth" or a "home".

Welcome in Eastern European Languages

"Вітаем" (welcome) is derived from the Proto-Slavic word *vitati, meaning "to greet" or "to call."
The Bosnian word "dobrodošli" (welcome) is derived from the Slavic root "dobr-" (good), and is related to the words "dobar" (good) and "dobro" (goodness)
Bulgarianдобре дошли
In Bulgarian, "добре дошли" is a compound word meaning "good come" and can also be used to refer to visitors or guests.
The Czech word "Vítejte" comes from the verb "vítati" meaning "to greet" and also means "you are greeted".
Estoniantere tulemast
Tere tulemast is formed from "tere," which means "health or greeting" and "tulema," meaning "to come".
Tervetuloa, which literally means 'come safe,' was originally uttered as a wish for safe travels in 18th-century Finland.
The word "Üdvözöljük" is derived from the Hungarian word "üdvöz" which means "to greet, to hail, to welcome".
Latvianlaipni gaidīti
The Latvian word "laipni gaidīti" comes from the words "laipns" (kind) and "gaidīt" (to wait), and literally means "you are kindly awaited".
The word “Sveiki” in Lithuanian can also mean “Hello” or “Goodbye”.
The word "добредојде" is composed of the words "добре" (good) and "дојде" (come), and thus literally means "come well".
The word 'Witamy' can be traced back to the Old Slavic word 'vitati', which means 'to greet' or 'to meet'.
Romanianbine ati venit
The Romanian word "Bine ati venit" is derived from the Latin phrase "bene venitis," which also means "welcome."
Russianдобро пожаловать
The phrase literally translates to "good come," a wish for the arrival of goodness.
The Serbian word 'Добродошли' ('welcome') is formed from the root 'добр' ('good'), and the suffix '-о-дошли' (literally 'they have come').
"Vitaj" in Slovak derives from "vítam" (to greet) and has also been used in other Slavic languages, like Polish "witać" and Russian "витать".
The word 'dobrodošli' is derived from the Slavic roots 'dobro' (good) and 'došli' (come), and can also mean 'guests are welcome' or 'you are a welcome guest'.
Ukrainianласкаво просимо
The Ukrainian word "ласкаво просимо" (laskawo prosymo) is derived from the verbs "ласкати" (laskaty) meaning "to caress" and "просити" (prosyty) meaning "to ask".

Welcome in South Asian Languages

The term 'স্বাগত' in Bengali is also a derivative of Sanskrit and means 'well protected'
Gujaratiસ્વાગત છે
Hindiस्वागत हे
"ಸ್ವಾಗತ" (svāgata) derives from Sanskrit and means "acceptance", "approval", "greeting", "favor", "honoring", "reception" or "entertainment of guests."
The Malayalam word "സ്വാഗതം" (welcome) originates from Sanskrit and literally means "a good way to arrive" or "the right way to receive".
Marathiस्वागत आहे
The word "स्वागतम्" is derived from the Sanskrit word "स्वागत" which means "receiving a guest with honor and respect", and has alternate meanings in other languages including "acceptance" and "hospitality".
Punjabiਸਵਾਗਤ ਹੈ
Sinhala (Sinhalese)සාදරයෙන් පිළිගනිමු
The term 'வரவேற்பு' finds its roots in the ancient Tamil word 'வருக', which means 'to arrive' or 'to visit'.
The term 'స్వాగతం' (swagatam) in Telugu is derived from the Sanskrit word 'स्वागतम्' (svagatam), which means 'welcome' or 'well-being'. It is also used to express a sense of hospitality or gracious reception.
Urduخوش آمدید
" خوش آمدید " is an Urdu greeting that literally means "May your arrival be good", but is often used simply to say "welcome."

Welcome in East Asian Languages

Chinese (Simplified)欢迎
欢迎 is formed of the characters 欢 (to rejoice) and 迎 (to meet).
Chinese (Traditional)歡迎
歡迎 can also mean "to receive graciously" or "to accept with pleasure,
"ようこそ" is also the command to start a game of Go
Korean어서 오십시오
Mongolianтавтай морилно уу
The Mongolian word "тавтай морилно уу" (welcome) is also used in Buryat as "табай мурилдаг" (literally "blessing your horse"), with "horse" metaphorically referring to the guest.
Myanmar (Burmese)ကြိုဆိုပါတယ်

Welcome in South East Asian Languages

Indonesianselamat datang
The Indonesian word "selamat datang" literally translates to "safe arrival".
Javanesesugeng rawuh
Sugeng rawuh, a Javanese word for "welcome," derives from the Javanese phrase "sumangga rawuh," meaning "please come in."
Malayselamat datang
The Malay word 'selamat datang' literally means 'safe arrival', with 'selamat' meaning 'safe' and 'datang' meaning 'arrival'.
Vietnamesechào mừng
The word "chào mừng" in Vietnamese can also mean "to greet" and "to congratulate".
Filipino (Tagalog)maligayang pagdating

Welcome in Central Asian Languages

Azerbaijanixoş gəlmisiniz
Kazakhқош келдіңіз
The Kazakh word "қош келдіңіз" is derived from the Turkic root "qoş-", meaning "join" or "unite," and is used to greet visitors and express hospitality.
Kyrgyzкош келдиңиз
Tajikхуш омадед
The phrase "хуш омадед" ("welcome") in Tajik is derived from the Persian phrase "خوش آمدید" ("you have arrived with joy").
Turkmenhoş geldiňiz
Uzbekxush kelibsiz
The word "xush kelibsiz" is a combination of the words "xush" (meaning "good") and "kelibsiz" (meaning "come"), therefore directly translating to "you came well"
Uyghurقارشى ئالىمىز

Welcome in Pacific Languages

"Welina" has two possible interpretations, with the first referring to the act of acknowledging someone's presence and the second implying an invitation or permission to enter.
Maorinau mai
Nau mai originates from 'nau' meaning 'here' or 'present' and 'mai' meaning 'towards' suggesting 'come here'.
Samoanafio mai
"Afio mai" literally means "come to sit" or "come to rest".
Tagalog (Filipino)maligayang pagdating

Welcome in American Indigenous Languages

Aymaraaski jutäwi

Welcome in International Languages

The word "bonvenon" is derived from the French "bon" (good) and the Latin "venio" (to come).
The word gratissimum also means 'very agreeable'

Welcome in Others Languages

Greekκαλως ηρθατε
The Greek word "καλως ΗΡΘΑΤΕ" is derived from the words "καλως" (well) and "ηρθατε" (you came), implying a warm greeting and a sense of hospitality.
Hmongtxais tos
"Txais tos" in Hmong can also refer to "come, enter".
Kurdishbi xêr hatî
The Kurdish phrase "bi xêr hatî" originates from the Arabic greeting "ahlan wa sahlan", meaning "you are welcome and comfortable".
Hoşgeldiniz is a Turkish word derived from the Arabic phrase 'huwa-sha galada', meaning 'he is coming to the place'. It implies a warm reception and hospitality.
The word "Wamkelekile" can also be translated as "You have made us complete" in Xhosa.
The Yiddish word "באַגריסן" also has the alternate meaning of "to greet".
The Zulu word "wamukelekile" also means "you are accepted" or "you are received".
Aymaraaski jutäwi
Filipino (Tagalog)maligayang pagdating
Ilocanonaragsak nga isasangbay
Kurdish (Sorani)بەخێربێیت
Meiteilon (Manipuri)ꯇꯔꯥꯝꯅ ꯑꯣꯛꯆꯔꯤ
Oromobaga nagaan dhufte
Odia (Oriya)ସ୍ୱାଗତ
Quechuaallinlla chayaykamuy
Tatarрәхим итегез
Tigrinyaእንኳዕ ደሓን መፁ

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