October 21, 2017

100 Words to Know in Any Language

Say what? (Photo by author).

Sometimes, we’re traveling so fast and passing through regions with several languages, that we never do learn them properly. Such is our current predicament in Morocco, a glorious mix of French, Arabic and a dash of indigenous Berber mixed in.

Now, we’ll admit that we’ve taken classes in both French and Arabic over the years… and forgotten nearly everything. Language is a perishable skill, and if you don’t use it, you tend to lose it. We’ve also taken Italian during our stint with NATO in the military back in our USAF days, and this helps a little bit in other Romance language countries. True story, we learned words like ‘broken,’ ‘scratched’ and ‘dirty’ in Italian before we learned the usual basics such as hello and goodbye. [Read more...]