From classrooms, to busses, to places to eat,
learning new words is incredibly neat.
But one stands out, it’s one you should know,
because lots of friendships start with “hello.”
With dragons and tigers and pandas that grin,
we all need friends who speak Mandarin.
So look to your neighbor, and you can see, now,
“hello” in Chinese is simply “Ni Hao.” [Knee - How]
With big, loving families, it must be a wish,
to find lots of friends who can speak Spanish.
With tacos, burritos, and sugar-cane cola,
greet others in Spanish by saying “Hola.”
For bright colored clothing and yummy white rice,
friends speaking Korean is incredibly nice.
But as you slow down, don’t stop and say “yo,”
because “hello” in Korean is “Annyeonghaseyo.” [On-yong-ha-say-oh]
For lots of new friends, I’ll tell you a trick,
some really great people speak Arabic.
But if they’re asleep, you don’t want to wake’em,
wait ‘till morning to say “Assalamualaikum.” [Ah-suh-llama-lay-kum]
To eat lovely sushi, all that you please,
means you need lots of friends who speak Japanese.
To get their attention, don’t laugh with a “ha,”
A Japanese hello is “Konnichiwa.” [Ko-knee-chee-wa]
While sitting on grass, or on a park bench,
you might meet new friends who greet you in French.
Smile and wave, but don’t ask for a tour,
just say hello by saying “Bonjour.”
By learning new words, afar or at home,
you can make lots of friends wherever you roam.
Because we’re all people from head to toe,
regardless of how you say “Hello”.