Every time I visit a new country, there is ONE phrase that I always ask to pronounce in the local language. THANK YOU. I find that saying ‘thank you’ to someone in their own language, someone who is helping you, serving you or greeting you is the least amount of respect I can show.
The reactions I get from this are genuine and appreciative, and it usually creates a much more positive connection than without. In fact, it’s funny to see the surprise, then quickly followed by a smile, on taxi drivers’ faces when I ask. Getting a smile from any taxi driver is a challenge but getting that reception in a foreign land is comforting to me.
Since the end of October to today, I have travelled 18 out of 24 days. I’ve had the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ in:
- Copenhagen, Denmark = tak
- Paris, France = merci
- Brussels & Bruges, Belgium = merci
- Frankfurt, Germany = danke
- Geneva, Switzerland = merci
- And once I even threw in ‘gracias’…although I have no idea why.
I’m sharing this because I am so thankful for the opportunity to travel the world, experience new cultures and connect with new people. I am thankful for a job that affords me this opportunity. I am home now for a couple of weeks and very happy to be sleeping in my own bed. Most of all, I am SO thankful for my family, my son, my love and my friends who are with me when I travel (I give a very genuine thanks to social media for that!) and welcome me with open arms when I return home.
tak | merci | danke | gracias | teşekkür ederim | благодаря | 谢谢| ありがとう | obrigado | ขอขอบคุณคุณ |