Have you ever wondered,
How one word has many versions…
We twist our tongues for
“Au Revoir” like the French do,
We smile in Spain for “Adios”
is how the Spanish version goes.
How similar is the Cantonese
To the Mandarin “Zai Jian”?
Or the Turkish “Güle Güle”
To the German “Wiedersehen”?
Phonologically and orthographically,
They are different we can see.
It’s as far apart as the Malaysian
and the Italian “Arriverderci”.
“Sayonara” bow the Japanese,
While the Arabs shake their
“Dag!” As we wave to the Dutch,
The Portuguese whoosh by calling
Yet, despite the
many versions that exist,
Together we share.
And when it comes down to meaning,
No one can really argue that
“Goodbye” is how we bid adieu!
Created: Mar 08, 2010faz huda Document Media