I’ve never had an ear for languages, never did too well in High
School French so I’m always amazed when our au pairs pick up
English so quickly!! From time-to-time I ask my au pairs how to
say certain things in their language. Recently, I had a lesson in
how to wish a ‘happy new year.’ Here’s what I learned (though
don’t ask me to remember or use a good accent):
Gelukkige nuwejaars-that’s Africaans!
Gott nytt år-Swedish
Frohes neues Jahr -German
Sawasdee Wan Pee Mai-Thai
Feliz Ano Novo-Portuguese
Bolgog Új Évet-Hungarian
What could be better than friends from around the world gathering
together to share in a celebration of the new year. Every au pair
and host family who participates in cultural exchange takes one
step closer to peace in our world.
Happy New Year from Global Awareness and Au Pair in America!