Welcome to Nonce Pub. Mirian Webster defines a nonce as an adjective which is used or made only once or for a special occasion. We find that a simple world in a special occasion goes a long way. You’ll see smiles you many others have never seen by just trying to say hello in a new language when you visit another culture. Learn a few simple words for those special encounters.
Below is a simple graphic from LivingLanguage.com that will get you started.
With all that simple fun, you are probably wondering what this blog will become. Well, simply put this is just a blog for travelers that want to learn some simple language. We are not going to teach you a new language but instead share some motivation as to why a couple simple words, placed in just the right context can bridge cultural gaps.
I remember wandering through a hardware store in Germany. I couldn’t find the part I needed and attempted to ask for help. My German was so bad that I started asking if the person spoke English before I even said hello. I learned at that point that I need to say hi and give the language a chance. With that tiny bit of effort, the person I attempted to speak with often times worked with me to help me out. There was often times a friendly smile included or maybe it was a smile of laughter because I butchered the language so badly. But either way, the smile was there and my new German friends appreciated my efforts.
Make someone smile today by saying hello in a language that they can appreciate.