September 26, 2013

Good Morning in Many Languages

Filed under: NEW ENGLAND — carolyncholland @ 3:00 am



Hugs to Randy and Amy, our gracious hosts for several days


As Found

In My Reverse Guest Book

Kittery, Maine

Kittery, Maine

Along the road on our New England journey my husband Monte and I have met many interesting people. Many of these brief encounters were with foreigners.

We’ve also added something interesting to our travel—what I call a reverse guest book. Each person we interact with we ask to sign a special notebook. Very few persons have declined to sign. A review of this book (along with the notes I keep) has provided us with a memory jag as, in our rapid-fire activities, we lose sight of our experiences.

At the start of our travels we met travelers from Wales. Years ago I replaced a Welch woman as a research laboratory technician. She taught me a greeting in Welch which I forgot, so I asked the Welch woman, Rachel, to write Good Morning in Welch. From this point on, whenever we interacted with someone from another country, I requested they write Good Morning in their native language in my reverse guest book

Since that time we’ve collected Good Mornings in many common and some unusual language, as listed below. NOTE: Please excuse (and offer correction in the comment box below) if any of the following Good Mornings are written wrong.



(Photographs are of morning skies)

Dennisport on Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Dennisport on Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Bore-da from Rachel, Welch

God Morgen from Rune, Denmark

Chao Ba, Ba Cheo Ichong? (Hello Ma’m, Ma’m how are you?), Tuua, Vietnamese

Bon Giorne from Lenalin, Italian

Buenos tardes from John, Spanish

Guten morgen from Stefan, and from Erika, German

Memorial Bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine

Memorial Bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine

Maakye from Akosua, Ashanti language in Ghana

God Morn from Paul, Norway

Bon dia from Genivalizo, Portuguese, Brazil

Bon jour, name illegible, French, Canada

Cade milea faltie from Margaret, Irish, Ireland

Shalom from Amnon, Hebrew, Israel

Sunrise over Boston, Massachusetts

Sunrise over Boston, Massachusetts

And a special good morning:

Dobry dziem from Janet Singer Applefield, Polish

Janet is a child holocaust survivor from Nowy Tag, Poland, now living in Massachusetts.

I will add any new Good Mornings as I gather them.

But for now—Good Morning…have a nice day.

Nantucket, Massachusetts

Nantucket, Massachusetts


Sabah El Kheir from Lena and all, Arabi  (Glad you are having a wonderful time, Love to all of you   —  sent by email)



Lighthouse Beach in Chatham on Cape Cod, MA

Submarines, the Beatles, Sloops, and Apples

Start of a New England Vacation



  1. Good morning from home Mommy. Miss you. Enjoy the last leg of your trip!

    Comment by Sandra Murawski — September 26, 2013 @ 9:28 am | Reply

  2. I think there was some confusion with your Spanish writer. Buenos dias is good morning. Tardes is afternoon. This is pretty much the extent of what I retained from my two semesters of Spanish. Hope you’re enjoying the rest of your trip.

    Comment by Pam — September 27, 2013 @ 5:21 pm | Reply

  3. From my wonderful friend Lena:

    Sabah El Kheir from Lena and all, Arabi

    Glad you are having a wonderful time.

    Love to all of you

    Comment by carolyncholland — September 27, 2013 @ 6:05 pm | Reply

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