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Ozepete

We have LinC members from various parts of the world with their different languages and varying dialects, then add in the sweeter part with her mix of Tagalog, Bisayan etc., and you have all the ingredients for confusion, misunderstanding and often some good humour.

My dear wife and I have had some amusing misunderstandings:

(1) When my darling was first in Oz I always went shopping with her to explain the various strange items etc. (And to get what I liked also!!)

On one shopping trip we bought some dips, cheese & bacon etc. and I explained how these are used.... anyway, a few weeks later we had a business meeting with some guys in the dinning room of our home. Darling wifey, being the perfect hostess, came in and asked if we wanted coffee and snacks. We all agreed and I suggested that she could do the bacon thingy (meaning the bacon/ cheese dip and crackers)... big misunderstanding. We got the coffee ok but that huge plate of fried bacon just didn't cut it. But it was all good fun..

(2) Shortly after arriving in Oz we traveled interstate (780Kms) so my darling could meet my second eldest son. We get greeted at his front door, I do the intro and typical Aussie son says "how ya going?" My darling is shocked, we have traveled for hours, just get here and he wants to know like, how/ when we are going!!!

(3) Then there was the request for toast with vegemite and honey.... I really meant on separate pieces of toast!!!!!. We were too new in our relationship then so I just shut up and ate...Yuk.

 

And on and on it goes. this confusion/ humor has added a lot of character and good memories to our relationship. But then we bought Lola out to Oz for three months... Oh my God did we have some laughs then.. it was great. Dear Lola, she is so un-worldly having lived her life in the province (Catmon).

One night we took her to the Casino, her eyes were like two saucers!! She had never heard of or seen poker machines so we propped her up in front of one, popped in 20 bucks and showed her how to work the thing.. Well bugger me.. she ends up winning 135 dollars. She was so exited that we had to call the others in Catmon so she could tell them..

Well you should have heard the story.. Goes something like this.. they have these machines here and all you do is tickle them and the money comes out!!!

 

So what about it guys, I've made a dick of myself, now it's your turn...........not_see.gif

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My Irish students' helper told them about pine trees. They got so confused as to what she was really talking about. She said, "Sir, we don't have FINE trees here in Cebu, you can see FINE trees in Baguio."

 

In the Cebuano alphabet, we don't have the letter F. Some people when they first learned the English alphabet, they got too enthusiastic that they also pronounced the letter P with the F sound.

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In the Cebuano alphabet, we don't have the letter F. Some people when they first learned the English alphabet, they got too enthusiastic that they also pronounced the letter P with the F sound.

 

Gets interesting when you tell someone to 'pucker up' for a kiss. :D

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I were at a garage and the supervicer pointed out a car that I could buy, "too big" I said and the supervicer asked my g/f "why he say water"

So now I never forget the word for water in cebuano

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