12 Countries in Which "Hello" Just Seemed Too Simple
"Hello!" "I'm listening." "Here!" There are so many things you can hear over the phone!
We at Bright Side got interested in how people answer phone calls in different countries, and we've found some really peculiar versions.
That's how Italians reply. Translated, it means "ready."
Here the most common greeting is to say your name. That's exactly what the heroine of Mondscheintarif, Cora Hübsch, did.
This cute phrase is a short version of "moshimasu-moshimasu," which means "I speak, I speak."
This is translated as "please." Most Greeks answer the phone like this.
The Chinese use a short word that means "speak."
A funny little expression that means "look here."
The famous greeting is translated as "peace."
Along with "diga/digame" ("speak" singular or plural), the Spanish often use the plain old "sí" ("yes").
Serbia and Montenegro
This one's translated as "please."
The word means "well," and the habit of using it came from the time of constant bad connections.
This greeting is polite when you answer the phone, but in other circumstances it means "my lord" or "my sire."
This word is so ancient you can't say exactly where it came from. Hindus use this greeting often because it's believed to protect them from negative energies.