Thursday, April 23, 2009

A Language Lesson.

My son called today with a funny story. He is at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA learning Farsi for the Army. Anyway, in class today they were asked to hold a phone conversation. Nathan was trying to say "Do you eat meat?" or something to that effect. Instead, he said this (using hard g's) :

"Gorbay garemez, gorbay garemez,
Chaycar me-cone-ay."
Now, I don't write Farsi, nor do I speak it. This is written phonetically, as I heard it. What it says, is this:
"Red cat, red cat,
What do you do?"
So now, you know how to say it, too!


Betty said...

Well, that's just too funny! And it rhymes with your last statement.

Utah Grammie said...

I love learning new languages! And now, when I go to the middle east - I can a red cat what his/her occupation is..WOW! Thanks :-)

science + skeleton said...

we weren't holding a phone conversation, we were playing a game of telephone. very different. and i said, "eat raw meat" not "do you eat meat?" gooshte kham bekhor.