International Hello Song & World Flags Worksheet (ESL)

The International Greetings (Hello) Song 

Listen or Download SongInternational Hello Song (Flag) (MP3)

Song Lyrics: "Hello. Bonjour. Ni Hao. Jambo. Guten Tag. Buenos dias. Annoyong hasipnikka. Sawas dee. Namasutee. Konnichiwa."

Description: I have used this international hello song with grade 3, 4, & 5 Japanese elementary school students. I am not sure of its origin; I received it from a company that employed me as an ALT. It's a fast and fun song that your students will enjoy. It's useful for studying international greetings and national flags

Suggestion: This is how I have taught the hello song:

  1. Brainstorm with your students about how you say 'Hello' in different languages. See how many words you can think of as a group.
  2. Listen to the song.
  3. Do the worksheet (below). Have students write the national greeting under the correct flag. 
  4. Listen again once or twice and sing together.
  5. As a class, have the students develop a dance for the song by making a gesture to match each greeting. For example, for 'Hello,' students could wave their hands, for 'Konnichiwa' they can do a deep bow, etc. I have done this twice, and the students have enjoyed it.
  6. Play the song again and dance along!

Hello Song Lyrics & Worksheet 

Worksheet Download: Hello-flag-song-ESL.doc

Worksheet Preview:

International Hello Song Worksheet Preview

Enjoy the international hello song!

Note: I created the above worksheet but not the song. If you are the copyright holder of the song and you'd like it taken down, please contact me.

– Matthew Barton /

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