One thing about traveling I must say, the language styles and lingoes are always interesting and sometimes makes you go “..huh… What?!” :p
I remember Andrew coming back one night from the shops (during our 1st month here) .. and was shaking his head and smiling, the kind where you’re amused & surprised, can’t believe it n going “..man idk…. ”
haha best way I can describe how it was, that was the look he had..
I asked him what happened .. He told me he met a Security guard (or was it a Policeman) sitting at one of the many stalls which lined the road near the hotel. So they greeted, Good evening .. and then the guard asked .. “You come loneliness? ” Andrew was like “What?!” (in his head of course)
The guy repeated .. “You come loneliness?..”
(*Gulp.. scratch head)
….Aaahhh what he meant was “Are you alone?” (on trip ) Hahaha awww….
We noticed then on several other occasions that this was the term the locals used … “Are you going lonely?…” actually means “Are you going ALONE” aaahhh 💡🔆🙆👍😂
…A bit scary-ish if at first you don’t understand what they really actually meant. Like greeting a person at night with “are you lonely” brings your thoughts to cringeworthy scenarios..
Then there’s “Available”. Like for instance you ask “Do you have bats in this country?” “Yes bats are available”
(scroll down for the bat story)
Another is “joyful” he’s a joyful person. He’s a what now? Cheerful I think that’s what they mean… 🙂 awww….
Accents and stuff are tricky much so you has to listen very carefully and much miscommunication we have (Yoda talk) …albeit many funny instances like before we came Andrew said bet we can go see elephants and stuff and get tshirts done with the elephant footprint, that’d be something eh … well so far no elephants seen… so we asked our friend “Where can we see elephants here in Cox?” (we were in the car that time) he answers from the front seat yes Elephant is available. Woah really? There’s elephants in Cox? Brilliant! Then we asked Where? He replied at Ocean Paradise. ,,,, Ocean Paradise the hotel? “Yes ..” He says . Wowzers now that’s something Elephant at a nearby hotel ,so perfect we can go see. But we didn’t that time coz we got caught up with stuff n had to fly to Dhaka for our Visa extension…
So then when we came back a week plus later , we were in Cox again and asked can we go see the Elephant now?
“Yes Elephant. You told us it was at Ocean Paradise (hotel)”
“Elephant…? in Ocean Paradise?”
“Yeah you said..”
“Nooooo….. Elephant not available”
Elephant not available at Ocean Paradise”
“Oh but you told us “at Ocean Paradise. We remember clearly”
“Noooooooo no elephant ..
then after much confusion and back & forth talk about this, he went ..,
..Noooo not Elephant,..
Elipad ..(Helipad, ) is available at Ocean Paradise.
What?! …Awww ohhh … HAHAHAHAHAHA
We were besides ourselves n doubling over with laughter at that.
No not Elephant.. Elipad
Hahaha So Funny 😂😂😂
(btw we actually got to see an elephant by the other side of main road as we were driving by in Dhaka, all pretty in red and colors adorned for some type of occasion, I think) 🐘 vs 🚁
Anyway, Andrew is so good now with talking the local style. Coming from Canada, with his accent & all and plus Andrew being Andrew who is thorough and elaborate when he talks. the local people with average to good English can quite understand and communicate with him. But others who are not so fluent will look lost and can hardly grasp what Andrew is talking about. When we first came people would turn to me and say , some with an anguished look on their faces, .. “Sister can you please say me (tell me) what brother Andrew is talking, I’m not understand”
haha awww… and this has happened on many occasions 😋 ~ me becomes translator 🙇🙋🔇🔊
Well Andrew is so good at it now, so much so that, when he spoke to his best friend on Viber call to Canada, Balj was shocked and asked “What the hell was that?!” Tee hee .. well as the saying goes .. If you can’t beat them, join them. Well done Andrew 😉
Added: 18 Oct 2014
Ahhh he means go swim in the sea. 😝
“Are you loneliness?”
“No elephants not available”
Now the Bat story….
One moonlit night we had tea with our dear friend up on the watch tower on the hotel compound. I saw something flying and asked “Are there bats here? ” Bat? he asked and did the swing motion of a bat (as in Cricket bat ⚾️) “No bat as in animal”. He couldn’t understand what the word meant besides (Sports) bat so Andrew googled it (images) and showed him 👉 “Bat”.
Ahh… he said something in Bengali, which means Leather Monkey.
“Yes bat is available”.
Fast forward to today, ….
We just came back from the shops to get our phone/Internet credit topped up (Robi network provider) and I told Andrew I really wanted to sit on the beautiful rustic looking swing that’s by the pond in front of the hotel. “OK” he said and on it I sat, constantly yapping to him “will the branch break?” “will the rope snap from my weight?” Andrew as always, looks at me and shakes his head.
Anyways it was nice as I swung higher.. mission … done.
I got off the swing and Andrew was talking to Sabina who had followed us from the shops earlier n he was showing her the photos he took of her yesterday during our outing to go see the boats….
then suddenly one of the hotel staff appeared next to me and said “Ma’am, …. Bat”
WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA 😱😵😵😱😱 (..runs away screaming …)
That got everybody looking and laughing at me.. Oh man… Rodent-like creatures are a big no-no for me and also KuKur (see prev blog post).
An earlier experience would be in one of the remote areas where there was a snake charmer in the local market and he had a big group of people standing around him, watching. Andrew got curious and we went to see it. Then the snake charmer seeing us foreigners watching his street act, opened another box and took out… a baby Mongoose ! with a collar tied tightly around it’s neck n it was shrieking … and me .. of course screamed and ran behind Andrew (See photo. ) Anyways that said, most animals, unfortunately , scare the hell out of me.,,, 🐒🐀🐇🐸🐻😼🐕🐍🐊🐉😱
…. Here’s the pic Andrew took of the hotel staff holding the bat, exactly as he did when he came up n held it to me 😬
and the one Andrew captured of the crowd’s reaction as I screamed and ran from the little scary mongoose
…to be continued ✌️
~ Liz ❤️