Fun with Languages!
I want to give a shout out to the reader who found my blog by google searching “genital exam with an erection.” Standardized patient, is that you out there?
Oh, and I hope the searcher for “what sound do toads make” found a very useful answer in a past post here as well!
Ah, ya gotta love Wordpress blog stats.
Ok, so my real post is about the funny things that come up when trying to learn a foreign language. You may recall my in-country post about the fun Travis had with the word for Vietnamese currency, DONG. Good times, good times. Then there’s his favorite Greek word, pouliki. It means little bird, but is also used as a little kids’ word for a penis. My creative husband has incorporated that one into the saying “a pouliki in the hand is worth more than a pouliki in the bush.” Obviously based on a saying you wouldn’t think could come up in everyday conversation…but then again you might not know my husband. He manages to weave it in quite often. Well, his new favorite word is the Salvadorian Spanish word, PUPUSERIA. You can take it from there. Yes, I am a lucky woman, married to an oh so mature boy with a 14 year old’s sense of humor. To be honest, I kind of get a kick out of it; I just try not to let him know that.
We have this great little pocket phrasebook that Travis keeps in his back pocket. He was going through it and noticed a section for tourists titled “romance.” He now knows how to say “easy tiger!” and “sorry, I cannot get it up” in Spanish. Good work Trav, keep it up (pun intended;).
Here’s a picture of an avocado as big as my head (Alex - it would probably look more like a raisin if held up to your noggin!
Here’s a picture of a festival we stumbled upon a few days ago in the main square:
Jackson has been a champ, sitting through several hours of language lessons a day and just loving all the attention he gets on the streets from everyone who sees him. It’s hilarious because all the women here wear their babies in brightly colored cloth tied around their necks. I have been stopped several times so that they can examine my Hotsling and figure out how to replicate the design (they love the no ties, continuous material!). Jackson’s top right tooth is poking through though, so we’re in for a few rough nights I think - that’ll make tooth #3!