Hello! (10 August 2017)

I was travelling in rural Kenya recently, as part of some evaluation work. OK - I know it is a hard life, but someone has to do it.....!

Having been to Kenya before, I decided to get a Swahili-English phrase book, and try out a few words. I bought the cheapest possible book...... which I regretted on closer perusal: it seemed to have been written in colonial times, with its choice of phrases reflecting, sadly, that age.

But I did manage a few - non-colonial words, and the reaction I had from people, especially those who had little cause to speak English, was wonderful.

Which made me reflect how I have experienced, and seen in others, that good spirit and feeling that comes from seeing visitors have made just a little effort to learn and use local words. And this works with deaf people too.

It takes little effort to learn how to say Hello wherever you are, and you will make many friends - so go for it!

BONJOUR – French
HOLA – Spanish
HALLO / GUTEN TAG – German
CIAO – Italian
OLÀ – Portuguese
NAMASTE – Hindi
SALAAM – Persian (Farsi)
ZDRAS-TVUY-TE – Russian
OHAYO / KONNICHIWA / KONBAN WA- Japanese
AHN-YOUNG-HA-SE-YO – Korean
MERHABA – Turkish
SAIN BAINUU- Mongolian
SALEMETSIZ BE? – Kazakh
SZIA – Hungarian
MARHABA – Arabic
SANNU / SALAMA ALEIKUM – Hausa
JAMBO / HABARI – Swahili
NI HAU – Mandarin
NAY HOH – Cantonese (Yue)

all the best

Graham


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