Thursday, April 17, 2008

Language Barrier

The neighbors to the left of us only speak spanish. They have a 10 year old daughter who speaks english and she is usually our translator for the small neighborly conversations we try to have. One of the first conversations I had with her went like this:

"So what's your name?"



"Geez Ee Ella.'

"Geezie Ella?"

"Geese Ee Ella"

"Geese Ee Ella?"


"How do you spell it?"


"Oooooh! Keet see ella!"


Poor girl, getting her name butchered by me. Oh well...she calls Toby, "Toe Me."

1 comment:

  1. I have had my name butchered by so many people in so many ways here in Brazil that it does not even fase me anymore. I guess that is how it works when living in a foreign land...

    (In Portuguese R and L are never found next to each other without something after it. Not "Karl", "Carlos.")


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