As the world becomes more interconnected through technology and the movement of cultures, languages also become more important. Throughout your day you are likely to encounter many of people of different ethnic backgrounds. You are likely to communicate at some point with these people and you might even have an opportunity to make a new friend. But before you can be their friend you have to initiate communication. You need to say hello!
Bom Dia! You’re in Brazil and you find yourself wearing the same shirt as another person. Sah-wahd-ee-kah! You’ve entered a shop in Thailand and the owner is beaming at you.
You don’t even have to visit another country to say hello in another language. If you overhear someone at the grocery store you can say hello. Saying hi is the first step to creating new relationships. In a world so diverse, we have the opportunity of getting to know as many people as possible. It’s also a window into exploring countless different cultures.
Cell phone addictions sometimes keep us from talking to people these days. But it’s not all that difficult to lift your head and say hello.
The world is becoming more accepting of those who are culturally different. There is no better way to accept someone than by learning a bit about their culture. You will fair so much better in society when you can simply and kindly say hello.