Though The Embarkiste swears by the necessity of silent retreats, she likewise believes that channeling her inner “Chatty-Cathy” is just as revitalizing for the mind, body, and spirit. While never letting her guard down midst a solo excursion, she is not easily intimidated by the challenge of striking up conversation with an intriguing local. In fact, the very idea of it sounds positively riveting.
It all begins with curiosity and a simple “Hello.” Even if the dialogue concludes there or blossoms into camaraderie, The Embarkiste finds pleasure in such an innocent exchange. Whether the recipient be a French market florist constructing bewitching bouquets or a handsome Japanese chauffer who chariots her from Haneda to Harajuku, a “Bonjour” or “Konnichiwa” could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Here she shares the formal (top) and informal (bottom) ways of saying “Hello” or “Hi” in English, French, Swedish, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Japanese.