Welcome to #LoveinEveryLanguage!
In light of creating a collection in another language, our team started talking about the barriers that language difference can create. Here in Oklahoma it’s not uncommon to associate bilingual businesses with a rough part of town. I occasionally overhear English speakers talking disparagingly about people speaking Vietnamese or Burmese near them. And there is always that one person that thinks that talking loud will cut through a language barrier, treating an adult who simply speaks differently like a child.
In talking about what we could do to change this, we came up with the idea of helping our followers learn four simple phrases in all the languages we could – Hello, Thank you, What’s your name?, and Have a wonderful day! These phrases are enough to be pleasant and personable in any language, acknowledging the humanity of those you speak to and giving you the opportunity to empathize on a deeper level as you struggle with a language different than your own.
We have made videos with these four phrases for Spanish, French, German, Italian, Indonesian, Zomi (Burmese), and Flemish. We will be sharing a video each day on our Facebook and Instagram pages, so follow along over there to learn along with us!
Do you speak a language other than the ones we mentioned? Want to help people learn to be kind in it? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the language you speak and I will send you some short instructions on making a video for us – it will take less than one minute, no special equipment, and could help people all over the world make some new loving connections!