I came across this hidden gem in Clive, IA. It is an old train depot right off the railroad on University Avenue and 86th Street. The historian on duty shared a lot of interesting facts about a Des Moines suburb that seemed to have no notoriety. Until now…
This poster I just encountered recently reminds me that it doesn’t take much to make yourself look ignorant. No matter what, though, the key is trying. Too often, for fear of looking stupid, I refuse to attempt new things. What I liked about this poster is that it can be fun trying.
I like to say “good morning” to people as a greeting. I think it sets the right tone by 1) acknowledging someone’s presence, 2) greeting them in a positive manner and 3) getting them to interact with you by responding back. It is dialogue communication 101 at its finest.
Most people, however, do not feel the way I do. So, I have worked hard over the last few months to greet people in another language. It sets people back when you say, “gunaydin” (Good morning in Turkish), and causes them to be drawn into your welcome. “What?” they say. Then I pepper them with German, French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Swedish, Hawaiian, Arabic, Australian, and even Sign Language.
I also try to use a different language than the one that the person is used to hearing. For example, I never say, “buenos dias” to someone I believe is of Latin descent. I try an Asian dialect to help them interact with another culture. There are so many languages out there, they are fun to share! And that is what happening. When I interact with people of different ethic backgrounds they share their “good morning” with me in their language. I keep adding to the cornucopia of morning salutations!
If you want to get in on this there is a list of greetings below. Try one a week. You’ll be glad you did.