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One Thousand Ways to Say Hello

Buenas Tardes – Good Evening

Good Evening – Good Evening

Geneva is a city with an international reputation and Place du Molard clearly wants people to feel at home. Snuggled among the charcoal cobbles, glowing squares say hello in languages from around the world.

At least I assume that’s what they mean. I couldn’t translate them all…

11 Responses to One Thousand Ways to Say Hello

  1. Cherrye at My Bella Vita February 11, 2010 at 1:55 pm #

    That is so welcoming of them! The pictures are fantastic.

  2. Monna McD February 12, 2010 at 2:28 pm #

    This is such a cool exhibit and I love that it’s in a public space. It feels like Christmas!

  3. Amy @ The Q Family February 12, 2010 at 5:01 pm #

    That’s so cool! It will be a fun evening out trying to find all the languages we know.

  4. TheWordWire February 12, 2010 at 11:27 pm #

    Just the reminder that there are so many ways to say hello makes the world seem like a smaller place. Greetings this Friday — thanks for sharing this great piece.

  5. Jen February 12, 2010 at 11:38 pm #

    The last picture is a great picture but it is even better knowing what they are. I would love to go around, like Amy said, and see how many languages we could figure out!

  6. Abi February 13, 2010 at 3:02 pm #

    It’s also quite cool to look up and see other people wandering around the square staring at the floor, playing the same game!

    Thanks also for Monna’s note about Buenas Tardes – saying it translates as Good Afternoon rather than Good Evening. I’ve polled my Spanish friends, who say it can mean either!

    Good “some time after lunch but before we go to bed” to you all!

  7. soultravelers3 February 14, 2010 at 2:05 pm #


    When we were in Melk, Austria we interviewed an artist who was doing a someone related project with tiles among the cobblestones that were in Morse code poem that could be seen from Google earth.

  8. Samantha February 15, 2010 at 3:26 pm #

    This is so cool! I know several different ways of saying hello but it would be neat to see it all over the ground like this. I agree that it would be funny to see everyone walking around staring at the floor :)

  9. Abi February 15, 2010 at 9:56 pm #

    Wow – that project in Melk sounds interesting. Perhaps we should start a list here of all the ways we know how to say hello…

  10. ralph February 16, 2010 at 9:41 pm #

    Very nice way to receive a warm welcome…

    In the Netherlands we say : Goede avond :) (good evening)

    • Abi February 19, 2010 at 9:00 am #

      Ta very much (thanks in English slang ;) )