Thursday, March 5, 2009

Phrases we love

There are many things that seem silly or complicated in a second language. As we learn, I also find myself wishing that certain phrases had good English equivalents. For example, when you talk to someone who is sick or has been sick, you say "salaamtuk". This is a wonderful little phrase that is used all the time to wish peace or health to another person. You often say some form of it when you leave. Perhaps it would be like saying "go in peace" in English, except that feels much more natural to say it.

Another phrase we actually learned before we came is less polite. Maybe one would never say it, but it has always made us laugh. When translated, it means, "Go tile the ocean floor." It is fun to learn another launguage!

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