How to Say Hello in 15 Languages

One of my goals in life is to be able to greet someone in 15 different languages. So here is my list on how to say hello in 15 different languages:

  1. Hello/Hi-English
  2. Hola-Spanish
  3. Olá-Portuguese
  4. Bonjour-French
  5. Hallo/Guten Tag/Servus-German
  6. Hej/Goddag-Danish
  7. Ciao-Italian
  8. 你好 (nĭ hăo)-Mandarin Chinese
  9. こんにちは (konnichiwa)-Japanese
  10. 안녕하세요 (anyeonghaseyo)-Korean
  11. नमस्ते (namaste)-Hindi
  12. Salve-Latin
  13. привет (privet)-Russian
  14. Merhaba-Turkish
  15. مرحبا (marhaba)-Arabic


Pryanik: Russian Spice Cookies

Pryanik (Пряник) are Russian spice cookies. It is sweetbread filled with spices, marmalade, sweetened condensed milk, or caramelized milk. The spices used can be cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, or cardamom. It is often served as a snack with tea or coffee. The city of Tula is most famous for Pryanik. In fact, Tula even has its own museum dedicated to these cookies.

They come in many shapes and sizes, so they can be as simple or as elegant and nicely designed as you want them to be.


Tylskuu pranik

Matryoshka dolls

Matryoshka dolls are wooden Russian nesting dolls, which are popular Russian souvenirs and often given as gifts. A matryoshka doll is taken apart in the middle, revealing a smaller doll. Matryoshka doll sets ranges from three to twenty dolls. The first matryoshka doll was created in 1890 in a workshop called “Children’s Education” in Abramtsevo.  It was inspired by Japanese souvenir dolls for kids. The outer most layer of a traditional matryoshka doll consists of a woman in a sarafan, and the inner most layer is a baby. Matryoshka dolls artistry can be very elaborate and often follow a theme. The name Matryoshka comes from the Russian girl name Matryona or Matriyosha, which comes from the Latin root ‘mater’ meaning ‘mother.’ The doll is considered to be a symbol for fertility and motherhood.