July 18, 2005

North or South?

So, I was at the Bakery today ordering in Arabic, and the sales guy asks me where I'm from. I respond, "min amriika."

He asks a clarifying question which initially totally confuses me. I ask him to repeat himself, and then I recognize the phrase "junubi" from class. Aha! He's asking "North or South?" As in: North America or South America? I'm so pleased with myself that I can participate in this more complicated conversation.

Only later at home do I realize, much to my chagrin, that I mixed up the terms for "north and south," and that I answered with: "South America... near New York."


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