ONE WORLD

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ONE WORLD

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
“Choy Kin”,
To the Mandarin “Zai Jian”?
Or the Turkish “Güle Güle”
To the German “Wiedersehen”?

None what-so-ever!
Phonologically and orthographically,
They are different we can see.
It’s as far apart as the Malaysian
“Selamat Tinggal”
and the Italian “Arriverderci”.

“Sayonara” bow the Japanese,
While the Arabs shake their
“Salaams”.
“Dag!” As we wave to the Dutch,
The Portuguese whoosh by calling
“Adeus (adayoosh)”.

Yet, despite the
many versions that exist,
ONE WORLD
Together we share.
And when it comes down to meaning,
No one can really argue that
“Goodbye” is how we bid adieu!


Faz Huda

Created: Mar 08, 2010

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