Sunday, February 17, 2008
Communication Problem? But everyone speaks English!
Yes, pretty much everyone speaks English here (which puts us single-linguists to shame), but Katie and I have run into various flavors of English. There's the English you get in a restaurant (usually dead on), the English on most TV stations (really just Arabic), and the all-important "English" our Du cable guy spoke. "Mr. Matthew dial call center!" Yes, I certainly will. Thanks for the tip. For the most part, it's really suprising how good the communication is in the Middle East. Every now and then, though, something gets your attention.
Take for instance Friday night. We went over to the Park Hyatt marina on the creek for a few drinks outside. Our friend Basile (whose English is better than ours, just more, um, French) ordered a "plate of shrimp". Behold the results below, as they arrived from the waiter - Dubai in a nutshell: