Funny Language Moments

We’ve all had them. Occasionally they can be mortifying. Most of the time they are simply funny. When you are learning a new language, it is easy to make mistakes.  Here a couple of my funniest moments to date.

*mixing up driver (chifeur) and cauliflower (chefleur)

*dropping a piece of bread in the olive bowl and saying ‘piscine!’ (swimming pool!)

* saying dog (klb) instead of heart (9lb) … the 9 is kinda like a k but comes from the back of your throat

*using mdegdega (exhausted) – for some reason this word makes everyone laugh

*saying bislama (good bye) instead of bismela (In the name of God – which is said as you begin eating and starting anything new)

*saying chukran (thank you) instead of salam (which is a greeting)

*saying nti (and you) to a male (nti is female; nta is male)

*asking for olives (zitoon) when I wanted olive oil (zit)

And I always have to stop and think before greeting Lubna (the nurse) because I am afraid I’m going to call her lubia (beans).

Hope you enjoyed these little moments as much as I have. I’m sure I’ll have many more over the next two years.

About alicrain

Wanderlust. Adventurer. Mom. Mentor. Change Agent. Crazy. Servant Leader. Citizen of the World These are all words that describe me - or have been used to describe me. There are many more but we won't get in to those. What is important to know is that at the age of 45, after having a successful career and raising a son, I decided I needed a new challenge and adventure in my life. So I joined the Peace Corps. Portions of this blog were written before this time and chronicle my life during graduate school (again, something I did in my 40s). During my service in Morocco (September 2016 - December 2018) I chronicled my daily life and all it entailed to live as an American female in another country. this is a place for me to capture random thoughts and share my life's journey
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2 Responses to Funny Language Moments

  1. Kim says:

    A lot of hmmmmms and haha’s going on in my mind as I imagine the mixed ups. Have never been much of a fan of olives, now I know why.

    Love you, miss you,


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