What is Greeting Fluency?

Greeting Fluency official launch June 23, 2011. Courtesy of Abco Film Corp.

The Greeting Fluency Initiative encourages citizens to learn a few words of greetings in the languages of their neighbors.

Our communities are becoming more multicultural and multilingual. This presents great opportunities for both the more traditional older communities and the newer ones. Older communities have an opportunity to gain insights into different languages and cultures and the experience of trying to learn another language. This also provides an opportunity to demonstrate respect and inclusiveness toward their newer neighbors and ensure a harmonious future for all. Newer communities can share the many aspects of their culture and language and by doing so enrich their new homes.

Although it is very unlikely that many from the more established communities will become fluent in the languages of their newer neighbors it is very possible that they can become Greeting Fluent. Greeting Fluency is defined by Global Civic as the ability to say up to nine useful phrases in another language. Global Civic Founder Sam Sullivan has made an effort through his life to learn the basics of the languages of his neighbors and he hopes to share the benefits with others.

Next year a festival and conference will be held to celebrate the languages and cultures of our community. Workshops and tutorials will be available and citizens will have the opportunity to be certified as Greeting Fluent.

We encourage community groups to host their own Greeting Fluency Sessions in which instructors come and share the treasures of language and culture that may be a part of their own neighborhoods. Learning a few simple phrases of greetings can help build more inclusive communities and make new neighbors feel a part of the broader society. This opportunity is also available to corporations wishing to sensitize their employees to their multicultural environments. Are you interested in hosting a Greeting Fluency Session? Please contact Global Civic to learn what opportunities and resources are available.

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