Anything Under the Sun
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Hello everyone - greetings from around the world
Do you know how many languages are there in the world? Well, I searched under "Yahoo Answers" and the answer is 6800. O boy, that's really a lot of languages. However, I don't think there's really an authority to say for definite how many languages there are. (How about all those ancient languages, the list is never ending)
One might not know too many languages, but I'm sure we know of some simple words such as greetings in other languages especially in languages that are popular. Well, here is the list of the greetings that I know of
Hi / Hello - English
Vanakam - Tamil
Nî hâo - Mandrin
Appa Kabar - Malay
(P.S. These are the official languages in Singapore, so almost everyone here knows at least how to greet each other in this 4 main languages.)
The list continues....
Namaste - Hindi
Salut / Bonjour - French
Ciao / Salve - Italian
Hola - Spanish
Sawatdi - Thailand
Namaskaram - Malayalam (Kerala India)
Selamat - Javanese (Indonesia)
Aloha - Hawaiian
Salaam - Arabic
Chào - Vietnamese
Namaskaara - Kannada (India)
Ho bo - Hokkien (Singapore, Indonesia)
For those of you who want to check up other common words like please, goodbye etc in European language check out this site : http://www.geocities.com/mailjohan/
These are just some of the common (Well known) greetings that I know of.
As for me, how I greet someone depends on who I meet.
My relatives - Assalamu Alaikum ( This is how muslims greet each other by invoking the Blessings of God upon each other)
Friends - Hello / Hi
Tamil friends (and especially when I meet my children's Tamil teacher) - Vanakam
Close friends / or friends with whom I have not met up with for quite a while - long time no see (This is Singlish La)
English, being an international languages, many of us will great each other with a "Hi" or "Hello". However, there are many nations using English who have their own manner of greetings.
Some of you may have known that Aussies greet each other with a "Good day mate" and cowboys with "Howdy partner". How about Bugs Bunny's "What's up doc"
Most of us have our own slang of greeting others - So what's yours?
Labels: International greetings