Many immigrants who arrived in Texas and other parts of the United States did not speak English fluently. They came with the language from their homeland. Sometimes it took several generations before English became the primary language for a family. There are still people today who speak another language at home and in their community.
Here are some basic words in 6 different languages found in Texas and other areas of the United States. Click on the word to hear the correct pronunciation.
Greek French German Norwegian Czech Italian Yes: Nai' Oui Ja Ja Ano Sě No: O'hi Non Nien Nei Ne No Hello: gia'sou Bonjour Guten Tag Hallo Dobrý den, Ahoj Salve, Ciao Good bye: andi'o sas Au revior, Adieu Auf Wiedersehen Ha det Na shledanou Arrivederci, Ciao Thank you: Efharisto' Merci Danke Tusen takk De^kuji vám Grazie Nice to
He'ro poli' Enchanté (de faire votre connaissance). Sehr erfreut. Freut mich (,Sie kennen zu lernen.) Hyggelig ĺ treffe deg. Te^s^í me^. Felice di conoscerla. Felice di conoscerti. Piacere.
Note: In Czech if a letter is followed by a ^ the letter in Czech would be spelled with a ^ upside down on top.
The audio files were used with permission from: Foreign Languages for Travelers