Friday, July 25, 2008

Switching Languages

Every morning.

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7:30 a.m. at home
Bicolano

Mom: Pamahaw na kay badi gutumon ka na naman pag-abot mo sa opisina. Daghanun baga an pamahawan dun. Magugutumun ka liwat.
Me: Nahugak pa ako. Makape na hamok ako.

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7:40 a.m. at the bus stop
Simplified English

Me: Hey, frend! This yurr dog? Cute eh! She bite?
Rajeev: Noh. This dog noh bite. Just barrk.
Me: Oh! My ride hirr. Me going olreddy.

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7:45 a.m. in the car
English

Me: Hello! Good morning, boss. You look nice in that outfit.
Boss: Thanks! Sorry I got a bit late. I was waiting for a long distance call. So... How was your evening? What did you have for dinner?

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7:55 a.m. at the office
Tagalog

Admin Asst: O bakit ang tagal ninyo? Traffic ba? Kumain ka na ba? Kumain na lng kayo diyan may tinapay diyan sa pantry.
Me: Sige gagawa na rin ako ng kape.

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8:00 a.m. at my workstation

Pagal sini. Jaw hurrt olreddy. Exhausted from switching languages. Ayaw ko ng magsalita!

6 comments:

Boh Cruzem said...

Hi G2! I really loved this entry. Galing-galing! It's good you have time to squeeze in some blogging in between your really busy sched as an artist.

Keep on keeping on!

BOH =)

Azl said...

mwahaha! This is fun(ny) Gigi! Badaw makulog talaga sa panga ini, ha? :-)

Beneath language, sabi nga nila, one can catch a glimpse of culture's subtle essence. Galeng mo nga eh kasi in one sweep, you are able to go through several transitions, maybe, without even noticing it.

Anonymous said...

Boh, thanks! I'm glad u loved it. I'm not really busy now like I was in Manila. Boring nga minsan...

Azl, maaram ka ngay-an mag-bicol?!
I agree. Indeed, language is an amazing wonderful thing and I'm still discovering that here. A boss in the office is amazed at Pinoys because we are able to speak several languages - but is another entry.

Gigi

Jayred said...

Hahaha! Masakit nga sa panga ang daily linguistic life mo, LOL.

Marunong ka palang mag Bicolano. Galing.

Kung tinuruan ako ng Ilocano ng Mom ko at Spanish at Chavacano ng Dad ko, baka wala na akong ngipin by now, hahaha.

Glad to have read this blog update.

Pinoy Pan de Sal said...

Di bale, te Jay, pagawaan kita ng pustiso hehe...

turtlepace said...

i didnt know bicolano is almost like cebuano din. nagulat ako nang nakaintindi ako ng konting bicolano haha.