Konnichiwa! (5 September 2019)

Konnichiwa!

I have just spent four exhausting, hectic weeks in Japan, the country of my wife; visiting her elderly parents, with our twin boys in tow. My wife's mother is not well; the Big C, I am afraid; so not always a happy visit. But we did many things, from visiting amazing (and free) funparks, to seeing Japanese children's films, to eating ramen to going to Mr Donut - quite a mixture.

I don't speak much Japanese language, and the boys, also; though their's seems to be better than mine already..... (they are seven-year old twins....shame on me).

But I do know basic greetings, from Good Morning (ohayo gozaimasu) through to How Are You? (genki desu?). I realised, or reminded myself, how important these few words of a foreign language can be - to show respect, to make connection with people, to show friendliness, to break the ice, to feel part of things; some basics below.

Even if you cannot go much further, these few words show you've made some effort with the language and culture. Apparently we Brits are known in parts of Spain - where there are large expat populations - as Por Favores - because saying Please is about all we can manage...... so tread carefully, but make the effort to learn a few basic phrases of the country you are visiting - you will enjoy it so much more!

all the best

Graham

BONJOUR – French
HOLA – Spanish
HALLO / GUTEN TAG – German
CIAO – Italian
OLÀ – Portuguese
NAMASTE – Hindi
SALAAM – Persian (Farsi)
ZDRAS-TVUY-TE – Russian
KUMUSTA KA – Filipino (Tagalog)
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)
So, now you can start a conversation in at least 20 countries! Now try them out.....

 

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