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Youngblood Natural Cosmetics Every wonder how to say "Welcome" in other languages?  I recently asked folks to tell me how to say welcome in their native tongue.  Here are the results.  Now, you can print print this list, tape it to the door of your store as customers enter, and on the back side, tape the "Thank You" list as they leave.  Or, you could simply help us roll out the welcome mat worldwide.
LANGUAGE COUNTRY Welcome
Afrikaans South Africa welkom
Albanian Albania Mire se vini
Alsatian Alsace  welkomma
Arabic Middle East, North Africa Ahlan Wa Sahlan
Armenian Armenia bari galoust
Australian Australia Cooee Cobber
Australian Australia G'day Mate
Azeri Azerbaijan & Iran xos gelmissiniz
Bamanankan Mali i bisimila
Baoul Cte d'Ivoire. akwaba
Basque Basque (Between Spain & France) ongi etorri
Belarusian Belarus ščyra zaprašajem
Bengali India,Bangledesh swagata
Berber (native name: Tamazight) Indigenous languages of North Africa west of the Nile amrehba sisswne
Bobo Burkina Faso ani ki
Bosnian Bosnia, Herzegovina dobro došli
Breton France (Brittany) degemer mad
Burmese Myanamar kyo tzo pa eit
Cantonese China Huan ying
Catalan Andorra, Catalonia, Balearic Islands, Valencia Benvinguts
Chechen Chechnya marsha vog'iyla
Cherokee USA ulihelisdi
Corsican Corsica & Sardinia bonavinuta
Croatian Croatia dobrodošli
Czech Czech Republic Vitame Vas
Czech Czech Republic Vitejte
Danish Denmark Velkommen
Duala Cameroon p la bwam / bepydi ba bwam
Dutch Aruba Bon Bini (Bong Be-knee)
Dutch Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname, Aruba Welkom
English Canada Welcome
English USA Welcome
English USA (Southern) How Y'all Doin'?
Esperanto Eastern & Northern Europe, Eastern Asia, Brazil, Iran Bonvenon
Estonian Estonia tere tulemast
Ew Togo,Ghana Woezor ("WOZON")
Faroese Faroe Islands (Denmark) vlkomin
Finnish Finland tervetuloa
Flemish Belgium Welcom
French France, Canada (Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia & Ontario), Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco, Luxembourg Bienvenue (the first 'n' is nasal)
Frisian Denmark, Netherlands & Germany  wolkom
Friulan Italy (northeast Friuli) binvignut
Galician Galicia (an autonomous community in northwestern Spain) benvido
Gallo Upper Brittany & Normandy bin la v'nu
Georgian Georgia(Sakartvelo) mobrdzandit / ketili ikhos tkveni mobrdzaneba
German Germany, Austria. Switzerland Willkommen
Greek Greece Kalos ilthate(plural)
Greek Greece Kalos ilthes (singular)
Guarani Paraguay and Western Brazil eguah por
Gunai Gippsland (Indigenous Australian) mikouab
Haitian Haitia bienvni
Hawaiian USA (Hawai) E komo mai (pronounced "eh como my" - literally, "come in")
Hawaiian USA (Hawai) e komo mai
Hindi India Swaa-gat hai
Hmong Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi, northern Vietnam, Thailand & Laos tos txais / nyob zou tos txais
Hungarian Hungary dvzlet
Iban Malaysia Selamat Datang
Icelandic Iceland velkomin
Igbo Nigeria & Cameroon nnoo / i biala
Indonesian Indonesia Selamat Datang
Irish Ireland Cead Mile Failte ("One Hundred Thousand Welcomes")
Irish Ireland Failte romhat
Italian Italy, Malta, San Marino, Switzerland, Croatia, Slovenia benvenuto (m) / benvenuta (f) / benvenuti (m pl) / benvenute (f pl)
Japanese Japan Irasshaimase (weclome to our store, often shortened to Irasshai)
Japanese Japan Yookoso (welcome to our city)
Kabylian Algeria amrehva ysswne / l'aaslama
Khmer Cambodia chum reap suor (formal) / suor sdei (casual)
Kinyarwanda Rwanda murakaza neza
Korean Korea Oh so, Osay-o (welcome to our store)
Kotokoli Togo nod
Kurdish Kurdistan bakherben
Kurdish Turkey, Iraq, Iran & Syria bi xer hati
Lao Laos gnindi ton hap
Latin Latium & Ancient Rome gratus mihi venis 
Latvian Latvia laipni lūdzam
Ligurian Liguria (northern Italy) benvegni
Lingala Congo-Kinshasa, Congo-Brazzaville, Angola & Central African Republic boyeyi bolamu
Lithuanian Lithuania sveiki atvykę
Low saxon Germany & Netherlands welkum
Luxembourgeois Luxembourg wllkom
Macedonian FYROM (former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) dobredojde
Malagasy Madagascar tonga soa
Malayalam India selamat datang
Malayalam India swagatham
Maltese Malta merħba
Maori New Zealand Kia Ora - Hello ("Key or ra")
Mina Cameroon, India miawezon
Mongolian Mongolia tavtai morilogtun
Mor Burkina Faso ne y waoongo
Nepali Nepal namaste
Norwegian Norway Velkommen ("Welkommen")
Occitan Occitani (Southern France, Occitan Valleys of Italy, Monaco, and in Val d'Aran in Catalonia, Spain) benvenguts
Ossetian Ossetia (Caucasus Mountains) Табуафси (tabuafši)
Persian/Farsi Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan khosh madid (formal) 
Persian/Farsi Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan khoshumadi (informal)
Polish Poland Dobry wieczr (evening time)
Polish Poland Dzie dobry (daytime)
Portuguese Portugal Bem Vinda- Female 
Portuguese Portugal Bem Vindo- Male (Bem vindos, plural "bain - same as in pain "VEEN-doe" Plural: "bain VEENdoes")
Portuguese Portugal Muito Bem Vindo ("MOO EEN toe bain VEENdoe") (Be Very Welcome) 
Romani (Gypsy) Europe mishto-avilian t
Romanian Romania, Moldova, Vojvodina (Serbia), Mount Athos (Greece) bine ai venit (sing.) / bine aţi venit (pl.)
Romanian Romania, Moldova, Vojvodina (Serbia), Mount Athos (Greece) Multumesc
Russian Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia dobro pojalovat
Samoan Samoa afio mai, susu mai ma maliu mai
Sardinian Italy (Sardinia) bennnidu (logudorese) / beni benu (campidanese)
Scottish Gaelic Scotland filte
Serbo-Croatian Serbia, Croatia Dobrodosli
Shimaore Comorian islands of Mayotte karibu
Shona Zimbabwe & Mozambique wauya (plural: mauya)
Sindhi Pakistan bhali karay aaya
Sinhala Sri Lanka aayuboovan
Slovak Slovakia vitame vs / vitajte
Slovenian Slovenia dobrodošel (to a man) / dobrodošla (2 men) / dobrodošli (3 men or more)
Slovenian Slovenia dobrodošla (to a woman) / dobrodošli (2 women) / dobrodošle (3 women or more)
Slovenian Slovenia dobrodošli (mixed group)
Sobota Slovenia zupinje z te videtite
Somali Somalia soo dhawaw
Spanish Latin America (informal) Bienvenido
Spanish Spain, Mexico, Latin America, South America Bienvenida (feminine)
Spanish Spain, Mexico, Latin America, South America Bienvenidas (group of women)
Spanish Spain, Mexico, Latin America, South America Bienvenido (masculine)
Spanish Spain, Mexico, Latin America, South America Bienvenidos (group of men, or mixed group)
Sundanese Indonesia (Sunda) wilujeng sumping
Swahili Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda karibu (singular) / karibuni
Swedish Sweden vlkommen
Swiss German Switzerland Greuzi ("GREW-tzih")
Swiss German Switzerland hrzliche wikomme
Tagalog Philippines Mabuhay
Tagalog Philippines maligayang pagdating
Tahitian Tahiti maeva / manava
Tamil India , Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia nal-varravu
Tatar Russia, Central Asia, Ukraine, Poland, China, Finland & Turkey rahim itegez
Telugu India swagatham
Thai Thailand yindii ton rap
Tongan Tonga malo e lelei
Turkish Cyprus Kalosorisate
Turkish Turkey hosgeldiniz
Twi Ghana Akwaaba
Udmurt Udmurtia (Russia) gazhasa oetiśkom
Ukrainian Ukraine Laskavo prosymo
Urdu India Tash-reef Laa-i-ye
Urdu Pakistan & India khush amdeed
Uzbek Uzbekistan Hush kelibsiz (Welcome)
Vietnamese Vietnam Hoan Nghinh (in public, on banner)
Waloon  Belgium bnvnou (bnvnowe) / wilicome
Welsh Wales/Cymru Croeso ("Croysso")
West indian creole Caribbean bel bonjou
Wolof Senegal, Gambia & Mauritania dalal ak diam
Yoruba Nigeria, Benin, Togo kouab / kab

 

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