Friday, October 27, 2006

Ping Pong Conversations

Blogger's Note: So I usually don't do this, but I wanted to say Happy Birthday to William! William is a friendly guy who owns the internet cafe I frequent here in town. If it wasn't for William and his wonderful Oasis, you wouldn't be reading this. Thanks William for installing air conditioning and Happy Birthday!
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I’ve noticed that the Guyanese can be very ambiguous when speaking. Most of the time you’re not going to get the straight answer you were hoping for, which means a bit of a back and forth between both parties.

Ordering Food:
Me: What’s “C-pon” on your menu?
Snack Lady: That’s Cassava Pone
Me: Oh. What’s a Cassava Pone?
Snack Lady: It’s a pone made from cassava.

Ordering Drinks:
Thirsty Volunteer: Do you have Sprite?
Snack Lady: No
Volunteer: Oh, I really wanted Sprite. Do you have Diet Coke?
Snack Lady: No
Volunteer: What do you have?
Snack Lady lists 2-3 Guyanese soft drinks. Volunteer takes a minute to decide while trying to look behind the snack lady to see her options.
Volunteer: Wait. Is that 7-up back there?
Snack Lady: Yes. I have 7-up. Do you want that?

Getting Directions:
Me [sitting in the library chatting with students]: Where do you live?
Student #1 [without pointing or giving any kind of indication of direction]: Over so.
Me: Where?
Student #1: [points left]
Me [turning to the next student]: I see. And where do you live?
Student #2: [points right] Over so.

Getting More Directions:
Me: Where is Providence?
Guyanese Teacher: Near the police station.
Me: Where is the police station?
Guyanese Teacher: In Providence

Giving Directions:
Riding along the mini-bus I often look out the window to see that Guyana is predominately rainforest.
Passenger: Driver, please stop at the big tree.

3 comments:

Will said...

Yea - People named William are like the best thing on the planet. Here's what I learned while in Houston:
1 - Fire ants don't like it when you step on their mound.
2- Fire ants really don't like it when you pour some Shiner Bock on them and tap them with a golf club.
3 - Fire ants really-really don't like it when after provoked, you step on their mound, fullfilling a dare by locals.
4 - Fire ants hurt...kind of bad.

stinkylin said...

hi yvonne. i was watching sex in the city and carrie was wearing cute sleeveless shirt with a cupcake on it and i thought of you bc i know you like cupcakes. take care! miss you!

Princess Jibi said...

this is so funny... the best laugh I have had in a long long time..