Tuesday, February 9, 2010

lost in translation

The other day, my colleagues and I went to the bank for our salary and to remit some to our families overseas. Our French-speaking-Moroccan colleague guided our Arabic-speaking-Indian driver on our way there. Tana, a Czech national was really furious for she already went there the day before. It took her 2 hours and accomplished nothing there. She told the Moroccan and Indian how inconvenient this bank was for her, in her native tongue. Well, I just assumed thats what she said for I too didn't understand Czech. The Indian answered back (in Arabic) and tried to explain something to the very angry Czech. The Moroccan was just smiling. None of them really understood each other. This went on for several minutes -- exchanging incomprehensible words. Again, nothing was accomplished.

I can't understand English.
Nerozumim Chezky.
Ana Mafi maalom Arabic.
How do you say that in French?

I just sat on the car watching them and laughing. I tried to make my own version of their conversation. Now, I wonder what it would look like if I joined them?

Nobody speaks my language.

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