You are rock

I think I’ve figured out that 9th graders are actually tiny little entertainers. When I get bored, I just find a little 9th grade dude to hang out with. Some of them here are around 70 pounds and absolutely hilarious. I was chatting with a couple one day (they were teaching me some Arabic), and one of them keep saying “You are rock” so I had to figure out what he was saying.

“You are rock, you are rock”.
“Uh thanks? But what does that mean? Int hajar?” (that’s “you are a rock” in Arabic)
“You’re American, you should know!!”
“Oh, you mean ‘You rock’?”
“Oh right… you rock!”
(fist pound)

So hilarious. Now, okay, you might be thinking that I’m a jerk for making fun of his English skills (he actually has awesome English, everyone does), but I’m here making the same mistakes in Arabic too. Like when I was trying to say “I’m a genius” (= Ana 3abqari) but instead said “I’m a scorpion” (= Ana 3aqrab) – how ironic. At least my little 9th grade buddy wasn’t trying to say he was smart when he made his mistake…

Posted on October 6, 2009, in Arabic, Living Abroad. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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