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Like it or not, America, we live in an international, multicultural society. This is a good thing since we have to compete in a global market and America tends to attract the world's best and brightest people. Here's a chance to make our new citizens (and visitors) feel welcome. Most of these are in the casual form. Hopefully, you'll get enough of a charge out of talking to people in their native language that you'll learn a new language just for the fun of it! Please forgive, and make me correct, any errors.
Useful phrases spelled roughly as they sound:
Good Morning (or Day).
Swahili: Habari! (Actually "Hello!") Reply is, Nzuri!
Spanish: Buenas deeas.
Japanese: Ohayo gozaimas.
French: Bon jzoor.
German: Gooten morgan.
How are you?
Swahili: Hujambo? Reply is, Sijambo!
Spanish: Como estas?
Japanese: Ogenki des ka?
French: Commen talay voo?
German: Vee gayt es deer?
Chinese: Nee how ma?
Russian: Zgravst vooeetiay?
Thank you (very much).
Spanish: Moochas grasias.
Japanese: Doomo arigatoe.
French: Maircee bookoo.
German: Dhanka shain.
Chinese: Wo shieh-shieh ni.
What is your name?
Spanish: Como say yama?
Japanese: Anata no o-namai wa?
Russian: Kak vasha familia? (formal - What is your family name?)
Russian: Kak vas zovoot? (casual - What are you called?)
My name is...
Spanish: Mai yamo...
Japanese: Watak'shi wa... des'
Russian: Moya familia... (formal - My family name is...)
Russian: Menya zovoot... (casual - I am called...)
German: Aveedasain (Until we meet again...)
Russian: Das vendania
MoreIf this isn't enough for you, maybe you're ready to get serious... or not.
If you can't find the word you need, look it up!
Bisyllabic Words Alphabetical list of bisyllabic words.
Please state the language, the phrase in English, and the phrase in your language. Please write your phrases phonetically so that English-speaking people can say them.