The yak is a fan of lonely planet
guidebooks. More so of their phrasebooks. They can literally help you have an entire conversation with a weird painted tribesman verbatim from the book. Sometimes, however, I'm amazed at some of the phrases they think we're likely to want to use. These are some of my favourites:Hindi:Is there compulsory voting here?Kya: sabhi: logõ ko vot dena: parta: hai?I believe in destiny/fate.Mai~ bha:gyava:di: hu:~.
Then our faithful guides hit a bong or two, and return with these choice phrases in Vietnamese:What is your monthly salary?wôl-gûp-i ôl-ma-im-ni-kka?Who lived here?nu-ga sal-ass-jûm-ni-kka?
And of course, every steroid/heroin/crack junkie's favourite phrase, particularly handy:Indonesian:I have my own syringe.Saya punya suntikan saya sendiri.
What more can I say. Geniet die dag, jou ma naai vir viskoppe
Posted by the yak on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 at 3:46 AM | Permalink | Comments