Working in a culturally and ethnically diverse area over the past ten years I make the effort to try to greet my patients and their families in their native language. My pronunciation may not be great to start with but I try. Even if it means looking up the greeting online before I walk in the room. How would I feel if I was admitted to a hospice in my adopted home country? What would make me feel welcome or not?
A small gesture to show that I am trying to understand you and who you are.
Here is my part of my collection of Pacific Island hellos in no particular order:
Mālō e lelei
Fakalofa ahi atu
Aotearoa New Zealand
I’m always keen to add to my collection if you have any suggestions.