Great Onely Activities: Language CDs February 5, 2009Posted by Onely in Great Onely Activities.
Tags: car sauna, driving alone, Egyptian Arabic, Pimsleur
“Ingleesi! Ingleesi!” I yell as I drive down Interstate 66. I’m answering the question the man in my CD player has asked me: “How do you say ‘English’ in Arabic?” He pauses, then says, “Ingleesi. Si. Gleesi. Ingleesi“.
“YES! I knew it!” I yell. “I AM A FREAKING POLYGLOT GENIUS!” I thump the steering wheel.
“How do you say, ‘I understand a little Arabic?’ ” asks the deep disembodied voice.
“Ana. . . Ana. . bema. . beha. . bef. . ” I stutter, gripping the wheel now.
“Ana befham Arabi shuaya”, he interrupts.
“Slow DOWN, you big jerk,” I snap, not at a fellow driver, but at the voice.
If I were a passenger riding next to me, I’d be digging through the glove compartment looking for something to stab me with. But because I’m driving Onely, I can shout and mutter and gargle ineptly at the throaty consonants, over and over and over. Also, it’s winter, and the windows are closed.
Copious Readers, do you find that the car is a good place to be Onely?