What do you say when you greet people?
The first word I like to learn when I come to a new country is the word of greeting in the local language. It normally gives me a good way to start a friendly conversation. People will normally smile or trying to teach me how to pronounce the word correctly. Warm and smooth dialogue would normally follow.
When I went to study in
Chinese in the mainland, perhaps are lazier, shorten the word to say only “Jao” or “early” for morning greeting. They say the same thing “Ni-Hao” in all other occasions.
I went to
When I took Japanese courses for fun in my sophomore, I learned that Japanese has different greeting words for different times of the day. In the morning, it is “Ohiyo gosaimatsu”, during the day, it would be, “Konijiwa”, and in the evening, the greeting is “Konbanwa”.
My wife is an Indonesian and the first word I learned from her was again the greeting one. For Indonesians, like the Thai, they always say the same thing anytime in the day when meeting each other. That makes learning simpler. And the word is “Apagapar” or “How are you?”
When I traveled the world later in life, I learned to say “Hi” from the American.
I also had a great Italian friend, Franko Baltaro, for many years. He passed away few years ago from cancer. I do not remember he ever greeted me in Italian, We always say “Hi” when we met. But I do remember he always “Ciao” instead of “Good bye” when we part.
I wish I could ask him how to say “Hi” in Italian or they also use “Hi” like the Americans. And what do you say when you greet each other?
Anyhow, “Sawadee Krap”