Motivational Monday…Hello!

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Motivational Monday…Hello!


Last week I was in a building trying to find the office I needed. A  kind couple stopped to see if they could help. 

(I must have a telling look that says “I have no idea where I’m going” because this is not the first time this has happened!)

At any rate, the gentleman asked if I was Chinese, Vietnamese, or Japanese. When I said Chinese, he said “Ni hao ma” (hello in Mandarin) 

I replied and hoped he wouldn’t start speaking to me in Chinese.  My fluency in the language is limited to “hello’... “thank you” and “I don’t speak Chinese”,

He is a former Marine and has learned to say “hello” in 20+ languages.  He went on to say the most interesting thing. 

“Even though you may not speak a lot of languages, you can always learn to say “Hello” in several. That way you can engage others and who knows…you might learn something or meet a new friend.” 


I don’t know if that’s true but his smile and “hello” made my day!



So…how many languages can you say “hello” in?

You never know what kind of impact you can have on someone by just saying hello.

Manti Te'o


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Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

The simple thanks that make people smile. I can say Hello in 3 in addition to English. Can't spell them but Portuguese, Spanish and Arabic (Lebanese)

Jun 24, 2024 04:42 AM
Kathy Streib

That's good Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 I have no clue what Hello in Portuguese sounds like. 

Jun 24, 2024 05:32 PM
Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

Ed said it all.  That was so nice of them.  You are obviously very approachable, which I have learned from your previous posts.  People are good. 

Jun 24, 2024 04:44 AM
Kathy Streib

Michael Elliott I do believe in the good in people. Sometimes it's hidden or buried but for 99% of the people, there's good in them. 

Jun 24, 2024 05:32 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is really cool and it would be easy enough to learn a basic greeting in different languages in order to be respectful to those who speak a language different from us.

Jun 24, 2024 05:09 AM
Kathy Streib

I agree Brian England how easy it is to learn Hello in many languages. 

Jun 24, 2024 05:33 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

what a great bit of advice!  I am sure that you went away with a smile on your face.  Happy Monday! 

Jun 24, 2024 05:18 AM
Kathy Streib

Lise Howe it was huge!!!! I told him that it totally made my day!

Jun 24, 2024 05:36 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kathy... I can say hello in at least seven or eight languages. Your post reminded me how sad I am that I've lost all my Mandarin fluency. Back in 1970, I had the fluency of a high school graduate in Taiwan... reading, writing, speaking. 

Jun 24, 2024 05:40 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker I knew you'd be able to say "hello" in many languages. I spoke relatively fluent German and could read and write it as well but lost much of it. My mini-me is taking Mandarin in summer camp. 

Jun 24, 2024 05:37 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Kathy Streib hi Kathy... that's how I learned Mandarin. I had a fellowship at George Washington University for 12 weeks of intensive study--- 5 days a week, 8 hours a day.

Jun 25, 2024 04:03 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - kindness can become its own motive.  We are made kind by being kind.  Eric Hoffer

Jun 24, 2024 06:24 AM
Kathy Streib

Michael Jacobs good quote. being kind is like a cycle. We become kind when kindness is shown to us which makes us want to be more kind to others. 

Jun 24, 2024 05:39 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

My language skills are limited to English. I did take French in college but those lessons are long forgotten.

Jun 24, 2024 06:30 AM
Kathy Streib

Roy Kelley most of us rarely have a chance to use another language other than our own.

Jun 24, 2024 05:40 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Because our daughter and son-in-law are currently living in Germany, Rick and I have been learning German using Duolingo. Several years now, practicing every day...doing ok. But I've been to Germany three times and each time when someone has spoken to me in German I have completely gone blank. I panic. LOL

I can read it much better than I can understand it spoken to me. It is exciting when I catch the basis of what is being said though.


Jun 24, 2024 07:08 AM
Kathy Streib

Sharon Tara I took German in high school and college. I could read and write it as well however when you don't use it, you lose it. 

Jun 24, 2024 05:41 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy I guess it is good to have a second language or a third but I have a hard enough time with English.


Jun 24, 2024 08:06 AM
Kathy Streib

Will Hamm it used to be required in school for us to take a second language. bb

Jun 24, 2024 05:42 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

You made a new friend because you were approachable. Saying Hello is something I do every morning (and sometimes I say Good morning) as I walk my 2 miles and see so many different cultures walking. It's always fun to see the faces light up and now many wave before I walk by them.

Jun 24, 2024 11:11 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX don't you love telling people Hello or Good Morning when you're walking. I've found that some people are walking around looking at the ground or with a frown on but when you say Good morning or Hello to you, they perk up. 

Jun 24, 2024 05:43 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy but the question remains, did he help you find what you were looking for???  ☺️

Jun 24, 2024 01:18 PM
Kathy Streib

George Souto it turned out, I was standing almost in front of the door. We stood there chatting for 5 minutes. 

Jun 24, 2024 05:44 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Thanks for the feel good post, Kathy! Learned how to say Konnichiwa many years ago when Spensyr was in high school and he befriended a Japanese exchange student. I know how to say hello is 3 languages, other than Catonese to the kitties!

Jun 24, 2024 03:06 PM
Kathy Streib

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! I may make it a personal goal this summer to learn to say Hello in different languages...and maybe move on from there. 

Jun 24, 2024 05:45 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

A client once wouldn't answer me when I would say "hello" to her. She said her religion wouldn't allow it because of the bad word it starts out before the "O". If I said hi, she would say it back!


Jun 24, 2024 04:00 PM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 I've never heard of that. Very interesting!!!

Jun 24, 2024 05:46 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

I really liked the comment that he shared with you. Such a simply thing to be able to greet someone in their language, and with a smile, and bring a smile to their face.

I think I can say hello in 7 other languages. Thank you would seem to be another short phrase to know in other languages.


Jun 24, 2024 05:01 PM
Kathy Streib

Jeff Dowler, CRS I agree. How simple is take the time to learn to say hello in different languages, and yes, I agree.. how about learning to say Thank You in different languages as well. I've often felt it was arrogant of us (in America) not to take the time to learn another language. 

Jun 24, 2024 05:51 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Kathy Streib 

We have always made it a point to learn some of the language for where we have travelled (e.g., Italy, France, Brazil) we could at least communicate on a basic level. I think it is appreciated by those we are trying to communicate with.


Jun 24, 2024 08:07 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Streib  loved your interaction with the gentlemen... having lived in four different countries may I add not only do we know how to say hello in many different languages, but we also know how to "swear" in many languages:)))) just kidding, Endre

Jun 24, 2024 09:42 PM
Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm & Commercial Property For Sale 308-627-3700

HI again Kathy Streib   Love the story.  I am part Pueblo Indian and this time of year definitely look Hispanic.  Amazing how many times I have been engaged by someone wanting to speak Spanish.  I know about 20 words or so.  It can be comical at times!  

Jun 25, 2024 06:05 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Kathy I can so relate to this post!  I learned from my Dad at a very early age to engage others, even if it's a simple hello in their language or just a big smile and Good Morning etc!  Honestly it used to drive us kids nuts some times as My Dad struck up conversations with anybody, anywhere!!  He traveled extensively so along with that so did we and had the chance to meet people from all over the world.  Pretty cool place to be comfortable meeting and greeting folks.......still is to this day.  Right!!!

Jun 25, 2024 04:59 PM
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

What a great idea to learn a simple welcoming phase in another language! We often forget how a kind word can brighten someone's day, as this gentleman obviously did!

Jun 27, 2024 06:05 AM