how to pronounce hi


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the above transcription of hi is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

hi is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of hi in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… store for us today hi my name is Sofia …”

meanings of hi


  1. Expressing wonder or derision.
  2. A friendly, informal, casual greeting said upon someone's arrival.
  3. An exclamation to call attention.


  1. A male given name, a short form of Hiram.
  2. Abbreviation of Hawaii.


  1. The word "hi" used as a greeting.
  2. Initialism of hyperspectral imaging.


  1. Informal spelling of high, often hyphenated.

hi frequency in english - B1 level of CEFR

the word hi occurs in english on average 36 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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