Adios, Au Revoir, Auf Wiedersehn…

Goodnight! and so long, summer.

I love this video of the Lawrence Welk singers closing their 1970’s-era tv show in high style. It was one of the rare tv shows I was permitted to watch by my conservative parents.

It was fun. Singing! Dancing! Witty repartee in foreign languages!

Now, in hindsight, I notice other things too: the cast is very white. And why is it that only the pretty ladies get close-ups? A little frivolous video that offers a time-capsule reminder of our struggles for racial justice and women’s rights.

This blog has been a fun place to think things through — and I apologize that it’s been so intermittent.

The video’s foreign language send-off reminds me of the many meditative aspects of communicating in another language. The process invites us to bring our awareness to each word and phrase in a different way than when we speak our mother tongue and language is a seamless element in our moment by moment experience of life.

Here are some tools for learning language free, online.

In closing, I’d like to say thank you — to those of you who subscribe and who have taken a moment to share your reflections. It really means a lot to me!

Thank you, A to Z, with phonetic pronunciation:

AFRIKAANS – dankie
ALBANIAN – faleminderit
ARABIC – shukran
ARMENIAN – Շնորհակալություն / chnorakaloutioun
BELARUSIAN – Дзякую / dziakuju
BOSNIAN – hvala (HVAH-lah)
BULGARIAN – благодаря / blagodaria
CATALAN – gràcies (GRAH-syuhs)
CANTONESE – M̀h’gōi
CROATIAN – hvala (HVAH-lah)
CZECH – děkuji (Dyekooyih)
DANISH – tak (tahg)
DUTCH – dank u
ESTONIAN – tänan (TA-nahn)
FINNISH – kiitos (KEE-tohss)
FRENCH – merci
GERMAN – danke
GREEK – ευχαριστώ (ef-hah-rees-TOH)
HAWAIIAN – mahalo (ma-HA-lo)
HEBREW – .תודה / todah (toh-DAH)
HINDI – dhanyavād / shukriya
HUNGARIAN – köszönöm (KØ-sø-nøm)
ICELANDIC – takk (tahk)
INDONESIAN – terima kasih. (tuh-REE-mah KAH-see)
ITALIAN – grazie (GRAHT-tsyeh)
JAPANESE – arigatô (ah-ree-GAH-toh)
KHMER – akun (Aw khun)
KOREAN – 감사합니다 (gamsahamnida)
LAO – khob chai
LATVIAN – paldies (PUHL-dyehs)
LEBANESE – choukrane
LITHUANIAN – ačiū (AH-choo)
MACEDONIAN – Благодарам / blagodaram (blah-GOH-dah-rahm)
MALAY – terima kasih (TREE-muh KAH-seh)
MALTESE – grazzi (GRUTS-ee)
MANDARIN – Xièxiè
MONGOLIAN – Баярлалаа (bayarlalaa)
NORWEGIAN – takk
PERSIAN – mamnun (formal) / mersi (informal)
POLISH – dziękuję (Jenkoo-yen)
PORTUGUESE – obrigado [masculine] / obrigada [feminine] (oh-bree-GAH-doo / oh-bree-GAH-dah)
ROMANIAN – mulţumesc (mool-tzoo-MESK)
RUSSIAN – спасибо (spuh-SEE-buh)
SERBIAN – xвала / hvala (HVAH-lah)
SLOVAK – Ďakujem (JAH-koo-yehm)
SLOVENIAN – hvala (HVAA-lah)
SPANISH – gracias (GRAH-syahs)
SWAHILI – asante (ah-sahn-teh)
SWEDISH – tack
TAMIL – nandri
THAI – kop khun
TURKISH – teşekkür ederim (teh shek uer eh der eem)
UKRAINIAN – Дякую (DYAH-koo-yoo)
URDU – shukriya
WELSH – diolch (DEE-ol’ch)
WOLOF – djiere dieuf
YIDDISH – a dank
ZULU – ngiyabonga

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