Posted by adiamondinsunlight on January 2, 2008
I’ve been having trouble expressing myself in Arabic recently. Its a very specific problem, and I’m not sure how its happened, but whenever I ask a taxi driver “take a right”, he takes a left.
The two words aren’t easily confusable in Arabic, either. “Right” is “yameen”, and “left” is “shmel”. They both have an “m”, but that’s about all they have in common. I’m trying to enunciate more carefully, but … I think I’m cursed.
My right/left troubles come just when I thought I was getting past my red wine / white wine woes (I’ve successfully ordered glasses of red wine twice now, although one was at my sister’s house, which I suppose doesn’t really count).
Pride goeth before a fall, I guess – or at least before a “right – no, the other right!” turn.