By Braddah Lance
Just a quick question:
Can you speak another language?
My friends were over dis past weekend channel surfing as we were going through our fantasy football draft and surfed on to KBFD. For those who don't know, let's just say it's K-drama galore.
As the scene was playing, I was reciting the lines as it was being shown on the subtitles even though many a times those lines are not wat they are "really" saying. Then they said to turn off the subtitles but they know that I speak Korean anyways. Well, pidgin Korean.
Wassup Wit Dat!
Having nevah taken a formal class, it's conversation immersion as we are first generation from Korea and my parents obviously only spoke Korean at dat time so da only way we could communicate - besides hand signals - was being force fed Korean..... along with English and of course, Pidgin.
Unfortunately for me, Pidgin became my "first" language as my grammar was nevah proper both in English and Korean - obviously evident if you've evah heard me talk either language. My Korean is a bit rough only knowing da vocabulary dat I grew up with and not knowing da $5 words so wen I talk to native Korean speakers, I may understand but replying gets to be a bit more tricky.
I get by by picking up a few key words and piecing them together as to wat might be said to me and can get the jest of da conversation but once it gets formal, it's all ovah. Das why wen I talk with my parents, in one seven worded sentence there will be a kapakahi assortment of Korean, English, Pidgin and hand signals.
Yeah, you like try talk to me now?
In high school, I had aspirations of being multi-lingual (wanted a career in da travel industry) and Korean wasn't an elective back then so I took two years of Japanese and two years of Spanish. Unless I'm speaking to a three year old in those languages, I barely can make out wat you might be saying but only if basic vocabulary is used.... and a lot of fingah pointing charades. I was surprised to find out how much being an expert in Pictionary paid off while I worked in da hotel industry for da next four years aftah high school.
Well, along wit da limited vocabulary and pidgin of course.
Do you speak any oddah languages? Conversational or fluent? Or are you like most, know a handful of vocabulary and guesstimate wat da rest is? Are your parents or grandparents native speakers of their motherland?
Wanna try guess wea these salutations are from as I'm surah you've heard 'em before... even though you may not "speak" it.