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Old 05-13-2004, 12:32 PM   #31
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This is awesome! I'm going to do this with my daughter for our next trip. I love the hat idea combined with this! Wooo-hoo!!!
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Old 05-23-2004, 11:50 PM   #32
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great post, twotoohappy! my DD will be 3 when we go, but i know she can learn most of that. she speaks fluent spanish (we are Ecuadorean) and a good amount of english too. she loves talking, so this is great!
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Old 11-06-2004, 03:10 PM   #33
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That's a great idea! Thanks for posting the hellos and thank- yous!
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Old 01-03-2005, 12:04 PM   #34
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great idea, I wish I had thought about that when at AK, i think there they were saying Jambo Rafiki for good morning in swahili, not sure though, never thought to make a note, though now I wish I had.
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Old 01-12-2005, 12:18 AM   #35
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Jambo is hello in Swahili.

When you're in line for the safari ride in the AK there are several big signs with pictures of animals on them with the Swahili name....for example,and the one I rememeber! Lion is Simba.I know my 2 boys get a kick out of learning those words too.
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Old 01-15-2005, 01:41 PM   #36
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Ah.. is my mom gonna make me remeber all that now.. *runs* hehe that sounds fun
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Old 02-20-2005, 02:24 PM   #37
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I hope I'm not stepping on your toes, twotoohappy, but I wanted to offer a couple of notes more appropriate for the adults and older kids who are really interested in other cultures. Thank you for going to the effort of putting all this down.

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Mexico:
Hello = Hola [oh-lah]
Thank you very much = Muchas gracias [moo-chahs grah-see-ahs]
Good-bye = Adiós [ah-dee-ohs] or Hasta la vista [ahs-tah lah vees-tah]
You can greet someone by saying "Como estas?" (coh-moh ess-tahss), meaning "How are you?", and if they ask you, you can say "Muy bien, gracias"(Mwee bee-en, grah-see-ahss), or "Very good, thanks".

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China:
Hello = Ni hao [ nee how]
Thank you = Xiéxie [shay-shay]
Good-bye = Zai jien [sigh jee-ahn]
Maybe it's a different dialect, but I think in Mandarin thank you is usually pronounced more like sh(y)eh-sh(y)eh, where it pretty much sounds like sheh, but there's a tiny "yuh" sound in there.

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Japan:
Good morning = Ohaiyo gozaimasu [oh-hì-yoh goh-zì-mahs]
Good afternoon = Konnichi wa [ kohn-nee-chee wah]
Good evening = Konban wa [ kohn-bahn wah]
Thank you = Arigato gozaimasu [ah-rr-gah-toh goh-zì-mahs]
Although just knowing any Japanese is probably enough, in Japan a customer would probably not use gozaimasu to a server. It's a more polite form, and while in Japan a server might use it with a customer, they would probably be embarassed if a customer used it towards them. I would use "ohayo" for a greeting, and "domo" (doh-moh) for thank you. Domo is technically "very", but the phrase "domo arigato" is often shortened to domo. If you want to be effusively, knee-bendingly grateful, like a CM found your baby about to crawl off a ledge and saved her/him, you can say arigato gozaimasheeta(goh-zayee-mah-shee-tah), which is about as polite as you can get.

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Morocco:
Hello = salam alekoum [sah-lahm ah-lee-cohm]
Thank you = baraka llahu fik [bah-rah-kah lah-hoo feek]
Good-bye = llah ihennik [lah ee-hen-neek]
If someone says salaam aleikum to you first, you should reply aleikum salaam. Just reverse the words.

I hope this makes your conversations in Epcot a little more fun! Thanks again to twotoohappy for doing most of the work first!
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Old 03-16-2005, 04:21 PM   #38
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An excellent idea. We lived in Japan for a while, but my daughter was too young to remember. She is, however, fascinated with the idea that she was there. When we got to the Japanese Kidcot station, I reminded her of how to say hello in Japanese. She said it and the young woman helping the kids out started a converstaion with her about Japan and even wrote her a note and her name in Japanese when the Kidcot activity that day only required her to write "Japan" on the paper cutouts. My daughter was over the moon for quite a while after that.
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Old 05-19-2005, 08:21 AM   #39
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I've copies these down and on our 19-20 hour drive down to WDW we will be practicing these phrases!
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Old 10-25-2005, 07:36 PM   #40
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Old 03-09-2006, 01:43 PM   #41
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HEY!!!!! what about a good old english hello?

Ay up Me duck (if you live in the midlands area) = HELLO!! xxx

Yes, its true everyone is called duck, my mum got a few funny looks in Orlando when she called everyone ducky LOL.
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Old 03-20-2006, 06:24 PM   #42
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Hmmmm; the last time I went to Epcot, we made it a point to learn to say "beer" in the language of every country as we ordered them. Luckily, the last two countries going clockwise are English-speaking, because we were in no shape for a quiz by then.
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Old 03-30-2006, 04:03 PM   #43
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You can also say "Ahlan" (ah-laan) in Morocco. It means "hello" in arabic. Asalaamu alaikum (Salaam) is more of a religious greeting in the muslim world.
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Old 04-06-2006, 05:47 PM   #44
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We used these greetings last year in Epcot! The kids- my DD16, and nephews 7 and 11- had a blast, and the CM's were very pleased to have children saying hello in their native languages! I even looked up ways to say Goodbye for them.

Another benefit that us Mom's appreciated- it kept the kids occupied on the 18 hour drive to The World!

Going again in June!
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Old 04-27-2006, 09:01 PM   #45
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I think this is great, but now... how to say goodbye???

I am taking my Girl Scouts to the World in June and this was one of the things they were going to do towards earning an interets project award. So, if anyone can help me out...

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