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Ohhh, Language Difficulties

March 31, 2011

I quickly thought I would share a little difficulty we had with the language barrier the other day.  We got into Algeciras, Spain and were looking for a hotel to stay in for the night.  It was late and we finally happened upon a place that seemed good, but we wanted to make sure they had free internet before we committed.  I proceeded to ask the man at the desk if they had “wifi”.  So far, that had worked all over South America but it didn’t work here.  I guess because the Spanish in Spain is a little different.

Arabic or English... or French??

We tried for a few minutes to describe what we were looking for – pretending to type on a computer, trying different Spanish words, even getting a man who walked by involved.  Finally they realized what we wanted –“ wifi” (pronounced weefee).  They just laughed and shook their heads at us – silly Americans calling it “wifi”.

So now you know, if you need internet in Spain, you may need to call it weefee!

Now, our difficulties consist of going into three different countries within one week that all speak different languages (Arabic, Spanish, and French).  So our phrases come out in three different languages.  Such as “si, shokran” which is “yes, thank you” in Spanish and Arabic.

Not to mention, before we left we knew some Spanish, however once we leave Spain there is no previous knowledge of a language.  It will be all different, from German to Vietnamese to Japanese and so on.  None of which we know… at all.

Genesis11:9 – Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth.

Jen

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