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« Reply #130 on: July 12, 2009 11:07:04 AM »

Oh Laundry Bunny, I'm glad the shirt fits! and yes the beads on the drink charms says "minum" (drink in Malay). Here's a photo of them that I took:
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« Reply #131 on: July 12, 2009 11:14:16 AM »

A much better picture!  Thanks. Smiley
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« Reply #132 on: July 12, 2009 12:38:40 PM »

Thanks!  Although I've been made aware that my name kind of translates to something a bit racy....  Oops! Wink
I can still wear it to work--the perks of working in a bar!

haha, yes i was going to point that out too!  though i'd say it's beyond "a bit" racy...

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« Reply #133 on: July 12, 2009 01:33:25 PM »

Haha!  I'll be featured on an Arabic Engrish.com Cheesy
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« Reply #134 on: July 12, 2009 09:41:07 PM »

Haha!  I'll be featured on an Arabic Engrish.com Cheesy

haha awesome!

actually, the more i think about it... certainly the way your name is pronounced would raise a few eyebrows, but i'm not sure about the writing.  as with any transliteration, there are a few correct ways to spell it, and i'm not sure if this one or the other one is the obscene one!  my guess is that it's the other one though.  anyone else know?
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« Reply #135 on: July 12, 2009 09:47:19 PM »

The other one without the first "ya" character is very obscene... >_< gotta love arabic, though...

I think the worst sounding arabic phrase to english speakers is "This is carrot cake only"
Lordy... we were saying it all the time in my arabic class and my arabic teachers (all were from the Middle East) couldn't figure out why we would crack up with the phrase. One actually made a carrot cake and brought it into class one day because "we loved talking about carrot cake so much!" Lol! All I can say about it, is that I went to class with a bunch of pervs...
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« Reply #136 on: July 12, 2009 09:54:54 PM »

The other one without the first "ya" character is very obscene... >_< gotta love arabic, though...

I think the worst sounding arabic phrase to english speakers is "This is carrot cake only"
Lordy... we were saying it all the time in my arabic class and my arabic teachers (all were from the Middle East) couldn't figure out why we would crack up with the phrase. One actually made a carrot cake and brought it into class one day because "we loved talking about carrot cake so much!" Lol! All I can say about it, is that I went to class with a bunch of pervs...

In my school in Indonesia, there was a student named Fahmi - but with the 'h' being a glottal sound. It was all I could do to not die with laughter everytime I called his name out.
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« Reply #137 on: July 12, 2009 10:21:28 PM »


In my school in Indonesia, there was a student named Fahmi - but with the 'h' being a glottal sound. It was all I could do to not die with laughter everytime I called his name out.

Hahahaha! Fahmi! I love it!
There's a Thai (?) restaurant in Monterey California called Pho King (Pho is actually pronounced Fa). I'm guessing it was supposed to be like Burger King, but with a really bad outcome.
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« Reply #138 on: July 12, 2009 10:32:38 PM »

I thought the Pho in Thai is actually meant to be P(h)o with an aspirated 'h' - I have faint recollections of a linguistics class talking about how the Thai language has two different 'p' sounds - one aspirated, one non-aspirated, and that in Thai they formed a 'minimal pair (?)', as the meaning of a word DID change depending on which one you used.

At any rate - grab a map of New Zealand (Aotearoa) and look it over for a few giggles. Any Maori word that has 'wh' in it, is pronounced 'f'. I learnt this when my mate told me about the Maori concept of 'whakapapa'.
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« Reply #139 on: July 12, 2009 10:55:14 PM »

I thought the Pho in Thai is actually meant to be P(h)o with an aspirated 'h' - I have faint recollections of a linguistics class talking about how the Thai language has two different 'p' sounds - one aspirated, one non-aspirated, and that in Thai they formed a 'minimal pair (?)', as the meaning of a word DID change depending on which one you used.

At any rate - grab a map of New Zealand (Aotearoa) and look it over for a few giggles. Any Maori word that has 'wh' in it, is pronounced 'f'. I learnt this when my mate told me about the Maori concept of 'whakapapa'.

I never took Thai, so I'm pretty much just going off of how I was told it was pronounced... Plus, I can't remember if it was a Thai restaurant or not... Um... Pho is the name of the food they served (a broth with thinly sliced raw pieces of meat that cook in the broth and there were veggies you could add to the bowl as well- kinda like a hot pot but without the heat source under the bowl).
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