The world is getting smaller due to technology. By the time your kids enter the work force, it's highly likely that many of their counterparts will be based all around the planet. As a result, getting exposed to foreign cultures early would help them to be more culturally flexible and clued-in. Familiarity with foreign languages would be a fantastic way to learn about other cultures e.g. music and movies.

This creative printable activity for kids looks to encourage this curiosity about foreign languages and cultures. We start with a simple "hello". The word "hello" is probably the first few things you hear in the local language when you arrive at any country. It's usually the first step to learning a new language too. Not to mention, it feels great to wish someone in their native local language and particularly so when they least expect it :) Let's start learning!

Printable & Activity Objectives

Age: 6 to 9 year olds, Activity Time: 1-2 hours, Items Needed: Colouring and writing pencils

In this activity, your child will learn about the different ways to greet someone "hello" in 12 different languages through a fun colouring and design printable activity. Your child will colour and design 12 different "stickers" saying "hello" in 12 different languages.

It will help your child or student:

  • Develop a greater cognitive flexibility and to look at how differently different languages sound compared to English.
  • Be encouraged to explore other aspects of foreign culture like music, cinema, food and history.

Let the learning begin!

Classroom Resources

Simple steps to start:

  • Find out the origin of the English word "hello". Here's an interesting video about the history of the usage of "hello" and why if Alexander Graham Bell had his way, we would all be saying "ahoy" when we picked up the phone :)
  • Research and find out how to say hello in as many languages as possible. Here's a fun song about how to say hello in 15 different languages:

Here's a video with clearer phonetic instructions on how to pronounce hello in 15 different languages:

  • Visit Google Translate on your computer or mobile phone and listen to what "hello" sounds like for any language of your choice. Click here to visit Google Translate.
  • Find some printable sticker paper, print out the printables and get started.

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What's in the Printable Worksheet Pack

This printable pack consists of 3 printable activity worksheets. Each sheet has the word "hello" printed in 4 different languages. Languages are Hindi, French, German, Thai, Portuguese, Tagalog, Fijian, English, Chinese, Swahili, Vietnamese and Japanese.

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