The Horse uses his extensive knowledge of Hindi at the pool!

@TheHorse (67264)
Pleasant Hill, California
July 31, 2017 9:29am CST
I made it to the pool yesterday! A 2-year-old was playing "ball" with his father and uncle. When he'd get too far from his father, he's cry out, "Baba, baba!" That's how I knew who was the father and who was the uncle. I smiled at the dad and said, "Baba ji?" He smiled back and said yes (in English). The little boy saw us talking and started pushing the ball to me as well. The four of us had a grand time before I started swimming a few laps. Have you ever used limited knowledge of a language of "figure something out"?
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• Jacksonville, Florida
31 Jul 17
I watched a deaf child before and I only knew a small amount of sign language so a lot of the time we had to figure out what he wanted.
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@TheHorse (67264)
• Pleasant Hill, California
31 Jul 17
My expressive aphasic kid in Berkeley uses some sign language. He said something using two words today.
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@LadyDuck (164153)
• Switzerland
31 Jul 17
Yes, I do what I can using the languages I know.
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@TheHorse (67264)
• Pleasant Hill, California
31 Jul 17
How many languages do you know? I'm jealous of Europeans, because knowing more than one language comes "naturally."
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@LadyDuck (164153)
• Switzerland
1 Aug 17
@TheHorse If we need to move around in Europe, we need to know more than one language. My mother language is Italian, my second French, then English and Spanish, a little Portuguese and a little German.
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@MALUSE (41373)
• Germany
1 Aug 17
@TheHorse Hah! If only! Europeans aren't born with a special language learning gene. They have to study foreign languages like everybody else. You can believe me. I taught foreign languages for 40 years. The difference between Europeans and Americans is that Europeans want to learn foreign languages because they realise that they need them for contacts with their neighbours and Americans don't want to learn them because their native language is world language No1 and they see no necessity whatsoever to do so. Other peoples should learn their language if they don't do so already. I lived in Heidelberg for some years, a German city which nearly all Americans visiting Europe visit on their tours. It made me dislike them a lot when they approached me and asked me something in English before asking if I spoke the language at all. What arrogance! @LadyDuck
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@DWDavis (11711)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
31 Jul 17
I do this occasionally with Spanish and sometimes French, and once in a while with Korean.
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@TheHorse (67264)
• Pleasant Hill, California
31 Jul 17
I can't even say "hello" in Korean, though I can in Mandarin and Thai.
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@vandana7 (66160)
• India
1 Aug 17
@TheHorse .. oh wow...
@vandana7 (66160)
• India
1 Aug 17
You are a teacher aren't you? You must be meeting people from different backgrounds.
@Inlemay (16681)
• South Africa
31 Jul 17
that is the fun part of being in any foreign company - figuring out what they are saying! Makes life interesting
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@TheHorse (67264)
• Pleasant Hill, California
31 Jul 17
I agree. I wish I could spend some time in France.
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@Inlemay (16681)
• South Africa
1 Aug 17
@TheHorse I found Italy the most interesting They use their hands a lot to make gestures
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@MALUSE (41373)
• Germany
1 Aug 17
@Inlemay Not all Italians do. Gestures are typical for the south of Italy (with the exception of the island of Sardinia where people don't gesticulate) and the lower classes. An upper-class family in, say, Florence wouldn't use their hands when talking. @LadyDuck Do you agree?
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@louievill (18981)
• Philippines
31 Jul 17
I use limited knowledge of 3 different Philippine dialects and fluency in English in business all the time.
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@TheHorse (67264)
• Pleasant Hill, California
31 Jul 17
My Filipino friend (older) speaks (broken) English, Filipino Spanish, and a couple of other dialects.
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@louievill (18981)
• Philippines
31 Jul 17
@TheHorse the Philippines has so many major and sub dialects besides Tagalog which became Pilipino the National language, it's really an advantage here if you could speak or maybe just understand some major dialects especially if you are going North or South of the country. It's funny that your friend who lives there speaks broken English and Spanish when he should probably be fluent by now since English is spoken here and our language has a lot of Spanish, perhaps he is speaking Taglish or the kind well to do families here speak, we are not well to do but I can speak Taglish too lol
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@vandana7 (66160)
• India
1 Aug 17
I noticed one thing. Filipinos have much better command over English than many of us Indians.
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@Morleyhunt (19894)
• Canada
31 Jul 17
When I had my store it was a common occurrence. Knowing more than one language helped.
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@TheHorse (67264)
• Pleasant Hill, California
31 Jul 17
What languages can you speak (a least a bit of)? The locals were really mean to the Mandarin merchants in the 'hood in Oakland, when I worked there, so they were happy when I said "Nee how ma?" They replied "Hun how" and laughed as I bought a candy bar and a Gatorade.
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@Morleyhunt (19894)
• Canada
1 Aug 17
@TheHorse I'm fluent in English....I'm almost fluent in Dutch...but reading and writing are not polished. Some French (my granddaughter Sandra is going to see to it that I improve). Some German
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@vandana7 (66160)
• India
1 Aug 17
@Morleyhunt .. oh wow..that is a lot...whole lot ..wish I can learn some French. :)
@paigea (22417)
• Canada
31 Jul 17
Yes, we were playing with the grandkids at the river while camping. A whole crew of kids came to play and some were speaking French. I used my few words of French.
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@TheHorse (67264)
• Pleasant Hill, California
31 Jul 17
I'm comfortable with little kids in French, since they are just learning language too. I colored with some kids at my friend's wedding in France and had a grand time.
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@just4him (120582)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
31 Jul 17
That's great. Not that I can remember.
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@TheHorse (67264)
• Pleasant Hill, California
31 Jul 17
When I hear native speakers speak, I'm generally lost. If French people speak to me as if I were 3-years-old, I can understand.
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@just4him (120582)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
1 Aug 17
@TheHorse I can understand a little bit of French and German as I took it in high school, but since that was back in the stone age, I don't remember a lot of it anymore.
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@TheHorse (67264)
• Pleasant Hill, California
1 Aug 17
@just4him I wish I could spend a few months in France.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
1 Aug 17
I got pretty good at that when I was stationed in Germany.
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@TheHorse (67264)
• Pleasant Hill, California
1 Aug 17
At German?
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
1 Aug 17
@TheHorse - I picked up just enough to get by.
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@TheHorse (67264)
• Pleasant Hill, California
1 Aug 17
@teamfreak16 I can get by in France. But I'd like to be able to have a real conversation.
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@Tampa_girl7 (25868)
• United States
31 Jul 17
I did all the time when I lived in Germany.
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@TheHorse (67264)
• Pleasant Hill, California
31 Jul 17
Did you learn some German?
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@Tampa_girl7 (25868)
• United States
1 Aug 17
@TheHorse unfortunately not much. I regret it now.
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@TheHorse (67264)
• Pleasant Hill, California
1 Aug 17
@Tampa_girl7 I wish I'd paid more attention in French class.
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@snowy22315 (49151)
• United States
31 Jul 17
What does Ali Baba mean?
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@TheHorse (67264)
• Pleasant Hill, California
31 Jul 17
It's a fictional work. I'm not sure what the literal translation would be.
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@snowy22315 (49151)
• United States
31 Jul 17
@TheHorse I know that...I just thought you might know.
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@vandana7 (66160)
• India
1 Aug 17
Ali who did ba ba like black sheep?
@RasmaSandra (18418)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
31 Jul 17
Yes there have been times I have managed. Lovely photo is that the pool? Your link is ready in messages.
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@TheHorse (67264)
• Pleasant Hill, California
31 Jul 17
Actually, that's my Aunte's pool on Long Island in NY. I'm hoping to visit her in August.
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@RasmaSandra (18418)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
1 Aug 17
@TheHorse really nice pool you should have a great visit.
@celticeagle (118651)
• Boise, Idaho
31 Jul 17
I think I was able to with my limited Spanish once. Glad I took that class in sixth grade.
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@TheHorse (67264)
• Pleasant Hill, California
31 Jul 17
Heh. My bad French got me by in both France and Italy.
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@celticeagle (118651)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Aug 17
@TheHorse ......THe basics are good in most countries. Only behooves workers to know some English.
@much2say (39824)
• United States
31 Jul 17
I do it all the time! If I heard Baba, I would have thought "Persian"/Iranian, depending on the accent and judging from other things said. I picked up bits and pieces of Farsi from my job . . . as well as Armenian, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Spanish and other languages (being in L.A. you just pick it all up).
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@TheHorse (67264)
• Pleasant Hill, California
1 Aug 17
Does "baba" mean "father" in Persian and Iranian?
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@much2say (39824)
• United States
3 Aug 17
@TheHorse Yes it does! I think a few cultures use Baba too. Although I was taught that in Japanese, Baba is an "old lady" - not in a nice way.
@Shiva49 (13411)
• Singapore
1 Aug 17
That reminds me of my time in Indonesia. An Englishman was my colleague and I took it upon myself to teach him basic Indonesian. We were just off the starting block when I said 'air" means "water". He had enough saying he had to return home one day and did not want to get confused. He said he stopped learning Greek when he was posted there for the same reason - a word sounding like "okay' means 'no" - siva
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@TheHorse (67264)
• Pleasant Hill, California
1 Aug 17
Heh. I'd have to code "opposite" in my brain.
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@Corbin5 (109783)
• United States
31 Jul 17
I am so glad to hear the 4 of you had such a good time. I should be quite well-versed in Spanish, but over the years, my use of Spanish has diminished dramatically. I can figure some things out, but conversing in Spanish would be a struggle.
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@TheHorse (67264)
• Pleasant Hill, California
31 Jul 17
I can only understand bits and pieces of Spanish, though I've lived in California for 20 years this time around.
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@andriaperry (53609)
• United States
31 Jul 17
Yes I have seen people signing and knew what they were talking about but did not dare get in that conversations.
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@TheHorse (67264)
• Pleasant Hill, California
31 Jul 17
I know "more" and a few other sign language words.
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@RubyHawk (27042)
• Atlanta, Georgia
1 Aug 17
Hardly ever, I'm bad at understanding other languages, but my better half is very good at it. He always talks to everyone.
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@TheHorse (67264)
• Pleasant Hill, California
3 Aug 17
What languages does he know?
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@RubyHawk (27042)
• Atlanta, Georgia
4 Aug 17
@TheHorse He speaks Hebrew and English but he seems to be able to communicate with people who speak other languages. He's a very outgoing fellow.
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@TheHorse (67264)
• Pleasant Hill, California
4 Aug 17
@RubyHawk I consider myself pretty outgoing too. But I don't speak very many languages.
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@Nawsheen (23067)
• Mauritius
31 Jul 17
Yes sometimes when I have to deal with my Chinese customers it can be a big deal. However the company has now hired someone to act as an interpreter
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@TheHorse (67264)
• Pleasant Hill, California
31 Jul 17
But there are many spoken dialects in China, aren't there?
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@Nawsheen (23067)
• Mauritius
1 Aug 17
@TheHorse Yes that's true. Those Chinese in this particular part of my country seems to be speaking the same Chinese language. Well that's what I think. As it is I can't really understand what they say.
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@TheHorse (67264)
• Pleasant Hill, California
3 Aug 17
@Nawsheen At least they can all read the same text.
@vandana7 (66160)
• India
1 Aug 17
Watch out for devils like me...we could get you beaten up..
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@TheHorse (67264)
• Pleasant Hill, California
3 Aug 17
Please explain.
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@vandana7 (66160)
• India
3 Aug 17
@TheHorse .. We could tell you a word that means something but it does not, and you could end up using it with your friends and get beaten up for using that bad word...I am capable of doing that..depending upon my moods, of course.